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JY Yang Books In Order

Publication Order of The Tensorate Series

 
The Red Threads of Fortune (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Tides of Heaven (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Descent of Monsters (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

 
Waiting on a Bright Moon (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The Singaporean writer JY Yang has been writing for quite some time now, having put out a lot of work at a regular and ever consistent pace, some novels even being released simultaneously. This has lead to one of the most impressive backlogs of work, as Yang has managed to create both series and colorful novels set firmly within the East Asian traditions of their culture. Largely focusing on the subgenre of ‘silkpunk’ novels, they’ve managed to establish a niche that is very much their own, allowing it to stand-out from the rest of the novels within its field. Using fantastical themes and ideas, silkpunk largely focuses on an alternative view of East Asian culture, infusing both science-fiction and fantasy, thus offering a different outlook on the history of their culture. This is something that Yang has managed to achieve extremely well, building rich and imaginative landscapes that draw the reader in, letting them feel a part of the action. Along with this there’s also a strong sense of character and personality used throughout Yang’s novels that they’ve worked in order to create an almost intimate relationship with the reader. This has been resonating with readers worldwide, regardless of where they’re from, allowing them to form a connection with what’s going on. With more books set to be released in the near future, Yang’s writing career will grow from strength-to-strength, something which isn’t going to be stopping any time soon.

Early and Personal Life

Born and raised in Singapore, JY Yang would come to incorporate much of the culture that they experienced growing up, putting it into they experienced. This would then lead to some of the most richest and densely created worlds, alive with the traditions of East Asia flowing through their work. Attending higher education too, they would graduate from the University of East Anglia with an MA in creative writing, something which would help them in their later career. Identifying as both queer and non-binary, this would also come to heavily influence their work, along with their postcolonial inter-sectional feminism being a major theme running throughout too. Before turning to writing full-time, Yang was also a master of hermitry, along with being a practicing scientist, something which has also come to weigh heavily on their work as well. Currently living in Singapore, Yang also edits fiction for Epigram Books, along with being a full-time writer, which they continue to this very day.

Writing Career

Bringing out their first book in 2017, JY Yang would come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, releasing some novels in quick succession of one another. Releasing ‘The Red Threads of Fortune’ and ‘The Black Tides of Heaven’, these would also come to herald the arrival of the ‘Tensorate’ series too, with them being the first and second books in the franchise. Along with this, Yang would also release some novellas that same year too, with the titles ‘Thin Shells’ and ‘Waiting on a Bright Moon’ also having a release date shortly after. Prior to this Yang would edit collections of anthologies, something which they still do, as they continue to build upon their own brand, something which will carry on for quite some time to come.

The Red Threads of Fortune

Originally coming out the same time as the first novel ‘The Black Tides of Heaven’, this was to be the second title in the ‘Tensorate’ series of books. Following on directly from the previous book, it manages to bring to life the world of the Protectorate once again, whilst also developing the characters too. Released through the ‘St. Martins Press’ publishing label, it would initially be published on the 26th of September in 2017 to much acclaim.

Using silkpunk as its template, this is a novel that incorporates a wide range of fantastical themes and ideas into its richly woven narrative. The characters themselves are also extremely well drawn, as they bring the landscape around them to life, drawing the reader into their world. In regards to the world itself, it is a highly well realized one, and one that is developed on from the first, whilst also paving the way for the third to follow.

Following the character of Sanao Mokoya, this sees the daughter of the supreme Protector as a now fallen prophet, as well as a master of the elements. Foretelling the future, she couldn’t change it, along with being unable to prevent the death of her own young daughter, so has left behind the life that she once knew. Hunting Naga now in the outer realms alongside packs of dinosaurs, she is faced with a beast that could threaten the outbreak of war through the entire Protectorate, as she is drawn into a web of lies and betrayal. Will she be able to learn the truth? What of this new stranger known simply as the Rider? Can she untangle the red threads of fortune?

The Descent of Monsters

Published in 2018 on the 31st of July, this would mark the third part of the Tensorate series, continuing on directly from the previous two novels. Further establishing the world and environment that came before, it manages to build upon the characters and the narrative, taking it forwards in new and exciting directions. The story also provides another adventure and mystery that works on its own accord, allowing it to ostensibly stand-out from the rest of the series as well, thus giving it greater breadth and scope overall.

Starting out with a major incident taking place within the Rewar Teng Institute of Experimental Methods, this sees the Tensorate investigators arriving to a barrage of blood and destruction. With a massacre apparently having happened there it would seem that one of the experiments got loose, laying waste to all in its path and leaving no survivors. Taking the supposed terrorist leader known throughout the lands as none other than Sanao Akeha and her companion Rider as prisoners, the investigators are set to transport them to the city. Can investigator Chuwan find out what really happened though? Who is actually responsible for the breakout? What will come from the descent of monsters?

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