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…
About the Author
Yoon Ha Lee's debut novel, Ninefox Gambit, won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards. Its sequels, Raven Stratagem and Revenant Gun, were also Hugo finalists. His middle grade novel Dragon Pearl was a New York Times bestseller, and won the Mythopoeic Award and the Locus Award for YA. His most recent book is Tiger Honor, a companion novel to Dragon Pearl. Lee lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.
“A powerful, deeply moving book that is a wonderful read, without question one of the best of the year.” -- Every Book a Doorway
— Every Book a Doorway
"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."
"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
‘A story of art, love, human connection, the power of creation, colonialism, and the roles we all have to play in fighting oppression.’
“An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art... Lee’s masterful storytelling is sure to wow.”
— Publishers Weekly
‘A fiercely original and enchanting new fantasy.’
‘Powerful. Unforgettable. This is another amazing piece of work, and I have the feeling I need to read it again to get it fully!’