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Phoenix Extravagant

The highly anticipated paperback of the smash new blockbuster original fantasy work from Nebula, Hugo and Clarke award nominated author Yoon Ha Lee!

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…

Named one of the best books of 2020 by Den of Geek

"Fiercely original." - Adrian Tchaikovsky 

"Incredibly timely." - SciFiNow

"Powerful. Unforgettable. Another amazing piece of work." - Stephen Baxter

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

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

"A gloriously imaginative silkpunk fantasy." - SFX 

"Yoon's story-telling is mesmeric." - Starburst Magazine

Yoon Ha Lee's novel Ninefox Gambit came out from Solaris in 2016 and quickly garnered massive critical acclaim and was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke, Hugo and Nebula Awards. It won the Best First Novel Award in the Locus Awards and the Reddit Fantasy Award. His story collection Conservation of Shadows was released by Prime Books in 2013. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.

  • Publisher: Solaris (August 19, 2021)
  • Length: 464 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781781089194

“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

"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

"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

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

– Every Book a Doorway