"Fiercely original." -- Adrian Tchaikovsky
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.
"An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art... Lee's masterful storytelling is sure to wow." - Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"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
"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
Published 15/10/2020 (Solaris) in United Kingdom
Hardback | 416 pages, No