“It was like cutting themselves open and finding another creature living inside, nested in their blood and bones and guts.”
Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as children. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While his sister received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What’s more, he saw the sickness at the heart of his mother’s Protectorate.
A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue to play a pawn in his mother’s twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from his sister Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond he shares with his twin sister?
Are you looking for a new fantasy series but don’t want to commit to 100 pages/book? I have you covered. The Testorate series is amazing! If you follow my reviews you’ll know that I read book 2 in this series thinking it was book 1. When I found out it was the second book in the series I was surprised. Surprised by how well the author writes so that you felt like you weren’t missing anything. However, you must read them all because they all add a new layer and perspective for the characters.
I did something fun this month with my TBR. I had my bookstagram followers pick titles from different stacks to create my December book list! I was pleasently surprised to find that this underdog won over some really well known titles. I was so happy! I’m always raving about Tordotcompub and to know my followers also enjoy their books was a treat!
In The Black Tides of Heaven we follow two characters, Mokoya and Akeha from birth to middle age. In 150 pages there is so much emotion, complicated relationship dynamics and political intrigue in a novella while at the same time being incredibly written.
In this Asian fantasy world children grow up non-binary and then choose how they wish to be reffered to as based on how they feel and how they identify with themselves. It was such a cool concept. I think these books will resonate with non-binary individuals and will help those who don’t understand their situation in a new light.
As for political intrigue and complicated family dynamics you’ll have to read it for yourself because it’s intense. I can’t give anything away! Such a great read!
The Black Tides of Heaven was amazing and I know The Red Threads of Fortune is amazing. I can’t wait to read the rest! Thank you Tordotcompub for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.