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Phoenix Extravagant

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…

"Phoenix Extravagant is a book containing ruminations on imperialism, the function and sanctity of art, acculturation, and the morality of love. It also contains a bloody big and unexpectedly adorable mechanical dragon." - Jonathan L. Howard, author of the Johannes Cabal books

"The emphasis on art and painting gives the writing a poetic quality, added to by the elements of magic and mythology, which shows the depth of Lee’s research with a deft hand." -- The Nerd Daily

"An elegant, eloquent novel, tense and full of incident." -- Locus

Yoon Ha Lee is a writer and mathematician from Houston, Texas, whose work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed and The Magazine Of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He has published over forty short stories, and his critically acclaimed collection Conservation of Shadows was released in 2013. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.

“An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art... Lee’s masterful storytelling is sure to wow.”

– Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Phoenix Extravagant is a book containing ruminations on imperialism, the function and sanctity of art, acculturation, and the morality of love. It also contains a bloody big and unexpectedly adorable mechanical dragon."

– Jonathan L. Howard, author of the Johannes Cabal books

“Fiercely original.”

– Adrian Tchaikovsky

“Powerful. Unforgettable. This is another amazing piece of work, and I have the feeling I need to read it again to get it fully!”

– Stephen Baxter

“… a smart, thought-provoking book, and one which feels incredibly timely.”

– SciFiNow 4 star review

“A story of art, love, human connection, the power of creation, colonialism, and the roles we all have to play in fighting oppression."

– Paul Weimer

Phoenix Extravagant marks a different way of looking at Empire and power and living within, under, and against that than Lee’s first novels, but no less a powerful one. A fantastic, brilliant undertaking.”

– Waterstones Bookseller’s Review

“A powerful, deeply moving book that is a wonderful read, without question one of the best of the year.”

– Every Book a Doorway

"The emphasis on art and painting gives the writing a poetic quality, added to by the elements of magic and mythology, which shows the depth of Lee’s research with a deft hand."

– The Nerd Daily

"An elegant, eloquent novel, tense and full of incident."

– Locus

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