Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
Dragons. Art. Revolution.
For generations the empire has spread across the world, nigh-unstoppable in their advance. Its power depends on its automata, magically animated and programmed with sigils and patterns painted in mystical pigments. Gyen Jebi, a symbol-painter - themselves a colonial subject - is frustrated in their work when their supply of Phoenix Extravagant dries up, and sets out to find the source.
What they'll discover is darker than anything they could have imagined...
'Tight-woven, breathtakingly original' N.K. Jemisin, The New York Times
'Thoughtful, intricate and completely human' Tor.com
Hardback / 416 pages