Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
Title: phoenix extravagant
Author: Yoon Ha Lee
Publisher: Rebellion / Solaris
Publication Date: Tomorrow!! (hardback/ebook)
I read this because mechanical dragon and Yoon Ha Lee. While I loved the dragon and the art magic, I didn’t really find meself enthralled with the story itself. I am not sure why. The book was well-written but I didn’t get the sense of magic that I received from his other works even when they made me noggin ache. I liked the main character Jebi but think I would have preferred a story that dealt more with the art magic and dragon determining what it wanted out of life and less with colonization and lust/angst of Jebi. I am glad I read it but wish the plot would have went into a different direction. Arrrr!
Goodreads had this to say about the novel:
Dragons. Art. Revolution.
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…
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