Welcome to Ea. A planet where extreme weather carves through continents and seas. Where the sun rises and sets six times a day. Where immense monsters grow in bands of low gravity.
The Protectorate has sunk its talons across the width of the Full Lands, imposing order through military might and the skills of its highly-trained Tensors– adepts at the art of slackcraft. Lady Sanao Hekate, the Protector, has consolidated immense power over the years of her reign.
Yet Protectorate society is fracturing. From the mire of resistance against the Protector’s brutal rule emerges a group dedicated to eliminating people’s reliance on slackcraft: the Machinists.
Against the backdrop of this unrest, the Protector births a pair of twins, a blood price to the Grand Monastery for their help in crushing a rebellion. Little does she suspect the roles these children will play in shaping the future of the Protectorate.
The Tensorate series consists of two novellas that will be available from Tor.com Publishing in September 2017.
Read an interview with the author at io9 to find out more.
THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN
Born to fulfil a blood price to the Grand Monastery, Sanao Akeha was resigned to a life of monastic asceticism along with his twin Mokoya. Then Mokoya started seeing the future in dreams, and the twins were brought back into the Protectorate, into the care of their mother, the brutal and ruthless Protector.
Thrown headlong into the middle of strife, sidelined in the shadow of his twin, Akeha struggles to find his identity and a purpose in life. As the Machinist rebellion gains power in the capital and across the Protectorate, Akeha must choose between his ties to his family and the needs of the people.
THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE
Fallen prophet, master of the elements, and daughter of the supreme Protector, Sanao Mokoya has abandoned the life that once bound her. Once her visions shaped the lives of citizens across the land, but no matter what tragedy Mokoya foresaw, she could never reshape the future. Broken by the loss of her young daughter, she now hunts deadly, sky-obscuring naga in the harsh outer reaches of the kingdom with packs of dinosaurs at her side, far from everything she used to love.
On the trail of a massive naga that threatens the rebellious mining city of Bataanar, Mokoya meets the mysterious and alluring Rider. But all is not as it seems: the beast they both hunt harbors a secret that could ignite war throughout the Protectorate. As she is drawn into a conspiracy of magic and betrayal, Mokoya must come to terms with her extraordinary and dangerous gifts, or risk losing the little she has left to hold dear.