Phoenix Extravagant (Paperback)

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Gyen Jebi is an artist. Artists don't get involved with politics. But when Jebi discovers what goes into the apparently magical paint used to give the occupying government's automatons the semblance of sentience, they decide that they have to get involved, and do something. And holy moly, do they.
Queer, elegantly written, thought-provoking, and comforting all at once, Phoenix Extravagant will leave you reeling and asking for more.


— From 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…

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“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."
— SciFiNow

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781781089194
ISBN-10: 1781089191
Publisher: Solaris
Publication Date: August 17th, 2021
Pages: 464
Language: English