Phoenix Extravagant

Yoon Ha Lee

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
adventurous medium-paced

416 pages | first published 2020

The 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…

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adventurous 91%
reflective 33%
tense 28%
emotional 26%
challenging 22%
funny 22%
dark 15%
hopeful 13%
mysterious 13%
sad 13%
inspiring 6%
lighthearted 4%
informative 2%
relaxing 2%


medium 70%
fast 19%
slow 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 65% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 11%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 55% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 13%

Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 82% | No: 9% | It's complicated: 7%

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