A very happy publication day to the brilliant Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee which is out now in eBook and beautiful hardback!

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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…

“A fiercely original and enchanting new fantasy.” — Adrian Tchaikovsky

“Powerful. Unforgettable. This is another amazing piece of work.” — Stephen Baxter

“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

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

“An elegant, eloquent novel, tense and full of incident.” — Locus

“A gloriously imaginative silkpunk fantasy.” — SFX

“This is a story about the intersection between art and culture; it’s about how art isn’t frivolous but vital, especially in times of turmoil. A thought-provoking and very timely book.” — SciFiNow

“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

Discover the process of creating the front cover of Phoenix Extravagant in this blog post with designer Dominic Forbes and illustrator Ronan Le Fur.