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The Red Threads of Fortune

(Tensorate #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,349 ratings  ·  677 reviews
The Red Threads of Fortune is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang's Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls "effortlessly fascinating." For more of the story you can read its twin novella The Black Tides of Heaven, available now.

Fallen prophet, master of the elements, and daughter of the supreme Protector, Sanao Mokoya has abandoned the life tha
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Paperback, 213 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Tor.com
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Rachel The numbering seems to be arbitrary, as they're going to be released at the same time and the author has stated that they can be read in either order.…moreThe numbering seems to be arbitrary, as they're going to be released at the same time and the author has stated that they can be read in either order. (Source: http://io9.gizmodo.com/j-y-yangs-new-...)(less)
Marlowe Yes, but their roles are quite small and don't stand out. Mokoya is the focus.…moreYes, but their roles are quite small and don't stand out. Mokoya is the focus.(less)

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Bradley
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy
Following the events after the first Tensorate novella, we deal with healing and grief from a different PoV. The other twin.

Point of fact, I got into this one a bit more than the previous one because more time was spent inside the skin. Internal dialogue and a very limited time-frame, as well as a more direct plotting, drove this particular novel away from the experimental and into the normal realm of modern storytelling. You might say it's more Aristotelian.

That being said, I really enjoyed no
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K.J. Charles
I read this in a sitting with its companion novella. They're very different: book 1 covers the best part of 40 years, 2 focuses in on Mokoya after she's lost her child, left her husband, and gone hunting naga (dragons ish) in the desert.

All the joys of the first book: set in alt Asia, nonbinary characters, loads of strong women, positive queer and nontraditional relationships abounding, just none of the routine assumptions of so much fantasy, plus a great tale of treachery and monsters and bere
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Shaun Hutchinson
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first. This is really a wonderful story of dealing with grief and learning that we're capable of changing even things that seem set in stone. ...more
Kitty G Books
This one is the second in the series, and it's more of a monster-hunt than the first book which is a coming of age and resistance story. I think for me personally the monster-hunt element wasn't my favourite, but the themes of the story are still super interesting and there's some great sections which deal with leniency, judgement, and trust. I really enjoy that this is an LGBTQ+ storyline, and I look forward to seeing more of the world in the future novellas too :) 3.5*s for this one from me. ...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Hm. Tough one to rate because in a handful of ways I liked this better than the first installment! But something about the connection between the two feels disjointed? It’s somewhat hard to explain.

Anyhow, this is still a creative & enjoyable series so far!
Acqua
I loved it even more than the first one.

The Red Threads of Fortune is set after The Black Tides of Heaven, and it follows Mokoya's PoV. She has left her husband Thennjay in the monastery, and now she's chasing a giant Naga trough the desert with the help of a pack of raptors.

Yes, that's not what I expected (giant raptors?), but it works.
I loved how this book focused more on the magical creatures. There were some in Black Tides too, but they were never really developed and they definitely weren't
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Matt Quann
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, pretty-short
After I finished off the first book in the series, I took the opportunity to read what some other popular review sites had to say about the Tensorate saga. Just about every review had positive things to say about the novellas' unique structure, compelling world building, and exploration of sexual identity and orientation. So, I guess this series just isn't for me?

Certainly, The Red Threads of Fortune is my preferred of the two books. Instead of compressing 35 years and two POVs into 160 pages, t
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Anthony
This took the promise of the first novella in the series and advanced it in a manner that felt more grounded and resonant. Yang is a wonderfully imaginative writer, whose commitment to exploring the emotional depths of their characters I find very admirable. Much like with their first book, I find myself liking — more than loving — this work, but I’m also glad to spend time in the world that’s been lovingly created here
Gerhard
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This continuation of the Tensorate saga is even more engrossing and magical than The Black Tides of Heaven (of which there is an extract at the end of this one; the implication seems to be that the two are interchangeable and can be read in any order, but I would definitely begin with Black Tides first.)

What I loved about #2 is that we get so much more insight into slackcraft itself. There is a major plot twist I am loathe to divulge, suffice it to say that it takes the story (quite literarily)
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Tammie
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warnings: grief, loss of child (in the past), suicide ideation, misgendering

I was not expecting to love this the way I did because I felt kind of lukewarm about book 1, but I absolutely adored this novella! I think a lot of the issues I had with book 1 were addressed here, and also fundamentally, I just prefer Mokoya to Akeha as a main character.

I loved Yang's writing in book 1, and this hasn't changed. Their writing is just so beautiful, and the world is really intricate. One of my main
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Sahitya
As soon as I finished The Black Tides of Heaven, I knew I was gonna read this novella soon because that world is magical and I didn’t wanna forget it so soon. And this book turned out to be even more impressive.

This time the plot had no time jumps, actually it takes place within just a few days but the amount of extensive world building we get here alongwith a deep dive into the different interpretations of the magic system, is amazing and I couldn’t stop reading at all. We also get gorgeous des
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Aneta
The thing is, before reading these novellas I was, for some reason, sure I would enjoy this one more. Well...

I didn't like the relationships in this. Didn't like the instalove, and the rest of the characters were pretty much props in this one. If not for reading Black Tides first which gave me some background, this could have been 1 star? It just felt really flat in comparison.

There were good moments, though, as well. This novella deals with grief and anger, and isolation and I thought it was a
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Gabrielle
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Treachery, monsters and magic. Oh my!

This installment of the Tensorate saga is paced very differently from the first one: “The Black Tides of Heaven” (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) covered almost forty years in less than two-hundred pages and “The Red Threads of Fortune” takes place over a few days, which makes it feel a lot more focused (if a bit rushed: I wished both books had been longer). While the first book was more Akeha’s story, we now see the world through the eyes of his tw
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Allison Hurd
I'm still very impressed with this world, how it blends so much that's so familiar and so many things that are novel in a way that makes it feel accessible and yet totally different. I think this was a stronger story in technical terms, but I'm definitely Team Akeha.

CONTENT WARNING: (just a list of topics) (view spoiler)

Things to love:

-The writing. I think it was much more fluid than the first book, the pro
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Emily
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book resolved almost all of my issues with the first book in the series!

One thing I want to address--this and The Black Tides of Heaven are described as stand-alone novellas. I would STRONGLY recommend reading Black Tides first, even though I think it's a bit weaker than this volume.

Now, just what I liked so much about this. Unlike the first book in the Tensorate series, this is a bit more static in its timeline. Where the first book jumped decades, this book is centered around one time and
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Ashley Marie
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mokoya and Akeha are back! I probably should have read this as soon as I'd finished Black Tides of Heaven, but life gets in the way. Yang weaves beautiful stories. ...more
Manisha
I feel like I could easily repeat my review for The Black Tides of Heaven and that would be sufficient.

To summarise:

• I enjoyed the world but thought it was undeveloped. I had hopes that with the second novella the world will be fleshed out more. However, I am still confused as to the magic system of the world.
• The question of gender was such a new and exciting way to read. However, following the story of multiple characters who prefer non-binary genderless pronouns made it difficult to follo
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Dawn F
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media-kindle
A wonderful second part of the Tensorate story, this one focuses on Mokoya after the events of the first book. After a slowish start I found myself gripped and immersed in the emotional life of the characters once again. There is such tenderness in Yang’s writing that moves me a lot. The plot is weaved nicely together with a few goosebump inducing revelations. While a lot could be fleshed out and explored in this universe I quite enjoy the micro focus on the characters’ lives. All in all a beaut ...more
Mel
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For the links and better readability, I suggest going to Just Love.

I’ll organise this review by first writing about what concerns both books, like the fantasy world, writing style, and the concept of gender and transgender in this series, and then I will have a short look at both books individually. I’ll try to keep it manageable in length, promise.

When I saw the covers in a tweet, I couldn’t but find out more about the books behind them. I read an interview with the author and was even more int
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
As a queer monster hunting adventure this novella certainly sounded up my alley. The actual story did not quite live up to my expectations.

Like the first novella, this one was less about the plot and more about the characters. My favourite aspects of the first book wer3 the worldbuilding and the magic system, but this one had a lot less focus on those elements. Instead this one was a much quieter examination of two people.

Not my favourite in the series but I am looking forwarding to con
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Kaa
These books are AMAZING. I read this back-to-back with The Black Tides of Heaven, the first book in the series, which is an approach I recommend. They are quite different and each could stand on its own, but I felt that reading them together and in chronological order really deepened my appreciation of the characters' emotional journeys, especially for Mokoya. I am impatient for the next books! ...more
Eilonwy
Mokoya survived a terrible and tragic accident -- an accident her prophetic "gift" failed to warn her of, for all the good it would have done. Since then, she's been on the run, trying to leave her memories and her grief behind as she travels with a band of hunters who chase down the nagas that make it across the Demon Sea and into the Protectorate. But maybe there is more to be learned about Fortune than she knows, despite her abilities.
I really liked this second installment in this series
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ash | spaceyreads
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Red Threads of Fortune begins a while after the events of The Black Tides of Heaven. In this installation, we follow the other twin, Mokoya, who left her previous life as the Prophet after a tragic incident resulting in the death of her daughter. She spends her time in the story chasing unusually large Naga on her own raptor and running away from her past and her husband, Thennajay.

Yang also explores with grace interpersonal violence, toxic relationships, grief, and polyamorous relationship
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RG
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
More or less the same concepts and ideas. Just not the coming of age building blocks plot. Has a Naga (a dragon or monster) hunt adventure as the plot of the story. The world building developed a fraction as compared to the 1st novel, but still limited to the novell size which is a pity. Probably wont continue with this series as I dont believe the author has finished it as of yet.
Divine
I'm so conflicted with rating this. On one hand, I really enjoyed it but felt as if it was lacking. Hnnnggrrr Full RTC with the previous book and the two remaining novellas I have yet to read. ...more
Ben Truong
The Red Threads of Fortune is the second book in Tensorate series written by J.Y. Yang. After the death of her daughter, Tensor Sanao Mokoya has abandoned her position as prophet and now spends her time hunting naga in the wilderness. She must confront her past while protecting her Machinist allies.

Four years after the events of the first book, Mokoya, daughter of the Protector, has fled the capitol and its painful memories of her daughter's death. In her traumatized state, she no longer has acc
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Lisa
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Please read this book after you read The Black Tides of Heaven. While the novellas are marketed as companion novels (aka twins aka the main characters), I have to say that reading this book first and Black Tides second will leave you confused for no good reason. Having that said, let's start the short review.

I ADORE BLACK TIDES AND AKEHA. I gave that novella 5 stars for the characters, the plot, development and the world. This novella is the ugly runt. Mokoya wasn't likeable as she was in Black
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Beth Cato
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017, netgalley, ebook
I received this ebook through the publisher via Netgalley.

Yang has created an evocative Asian-inspired world in her Tensorate series. The setting is so immersive that I was slightly disoriented to start, but I soon found myself hooked. Mokoya is a former prophet, embittered by the loss of her child. She busies herself with hunting naga, and is looked after by a friends who love and accept her, abrasive as she is. Rumors of a massive and aggressive naga drive her deep into danger--and into a new
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Devann
actual rating: 2.5

I really don't see why the first two books in this series are billed as 'standalone introductions' because this book follows DIRECTLY off the events in book one and I feel like I would have been VERY confused reading this one by itself. There is not really very much going on here, both in expansion of the world building or in terms of plot. I'm not sure if I just don't like Mokoya as much as I liked Akeha - book 1 focused more on him while this book is almost solely about her
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Olga
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Yang has great ideas and I'm very intrigued by the world and magic, but I just don't care for these characters. I think it's me and not the book, Yang's writing is really good so I'm interested in reading more of their works but this series is not for me. 🙁 ...more
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Neon Yang, formerly J.Y. Yang, is a Singaporean writer of English-language speculative fiction. Yang is non-binary and queer, and uses they/them pronouns.

Yang has written a series of "silkpunk" novellas, and has published short fiction since 2012. Their novella The Black Tides of Heaven was nominated for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella, the 2018 Kitschies Golden Tentacle and the 2018 Hugo A
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