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Publisher's Summary

The new blockbuster original fantasy work from Nebula, Hugo, and Clarke award nominated author Yoon Ha Lee!

“An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art... Lee’s masterful storytelling is sure to wow.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Gyen Jebi isn’t a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint. One day they’re jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government’s automaton soldiers. 

But when Jebi discovers the depths of the Razanei government’s horrifying crimes - and the awful source of the magical pigments they use - they find they can no longer stay out of politics. 

What they can do is steal Arazi, the ministry’s mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight....

©2020 Yoon Ha Lee (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • 10-26-21

wonderful idea and world, but poor execution

I was really happy to finally read a book with a nonbinary main, and the way they wrote them was really good! but the overall performance of the story seemed like it needed some editing. the writing style is really technical and some of the things that are written could just be left to interpretation. it felt robotic at times but also there are a few lines in this book that are written beautifully. it did get a little corny there at the end and I found the main characters love interest and the way its handled by their sister to be a bit of a stretch, but nonetheless the universe behind this story is amazing and I would love to see these concepts more in literature. idk maybe it'd be better if it wasn't an audiobook

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Oh so boring

The best thing about this book was the writing itself. I thought the sentences flowed really well. The style reminded me of J.F. Kuang's The Poppy War.

The story, however, didn't hold my interest. I didn't like the insta-love between the MC and their choice of partner. Given the story, I'm actually confused why there was a love interest at all. Take the relationship away, and you have the same exact story. Also, the characters weren't fleshed out well enough for my liking; it was hard caring what happened to any of them. The revolution was bland, and I'm curious why the automatons--the dragon included--didn't have bigger roles. Definitely not my cup a tea.

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  • Suoid
  • 01-30-21

fantastic

Yoon Ha Lee never fails to amaze me with their skill in worldbuilding. Though this is mentioned as stand-alone I would love more