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When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain

#2 Singing Hills Cycle

Nghi Vo

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Miscellaneous
06 June 2021
Dangerous, subtle, unexpected and familiar, angry and ferocious and hopeful. . . . The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a remarkable accomplishment of storytelling. -NPR The cleric Chih finds themself and their companions at the mercy of a band of fierce tigers who ache with hunger. To stay alive until the mammoths can save them, Chih must unwind the intricate, layered story of the tiger and her scholar lover-a woman of courage, intelligence, and beauty-and discover how truth can survive becoming history.

Nghi Vo returns to the empire of Ahn and The Singing Hills Cycle in this mesmerizing, lush standalone follow-up to The Empress of Salt and Fortune.
By:   Nghi Vo
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   111g
ISBN:   9781250786135
ISBN 10:   1250786134
Series:   Singing Hills Cycle
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   06 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nghi Vo was born in central Illinois, and she retains a healthy respect of and love for corn mazes, scarecrows, and fifty-year floods. These days, she lives on the shores of Lake Michigan, which is less a lake than an inland sea that she is sure is just biding its time. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, PodCastle, Lightspeed, and Fireside. Her short story, Neither Witch nor Fairy made the 2014 Otherwise (formerly Tiptree) Award Honor List. Nghi mostly writes about food, death, and family, but sometimes detours into blood, love, and rhetoric. She believes in the ritual of lipstick, the power of stories, and the right to change your mind.

Reviews for When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain (#2 Singing Hills Cycle)

Dazzling. . . . Readers who missed Vo's debut will have no trouble following the second leg of Chih's travels, and those returning will be pleased to sink into another lush, sophisticated story of queer love and survival.--Publishers Weekly, starred review Praise for The Empress of Salt and Fortune Dangerous, subtle, unexpected and familiar, angry and ferocious and hopeful... The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a remarkable accomplishment of storytelling.--NPR A stunning feminist fantasy. . . . The subtlety and nuance of Vo's evocative storytelling lend the novella an epic, timeless feel. Equal parts love and rage, this masterfully told story is sure to impress.--Publishers Weekly, starred review Vo's debut has it all: from sapphic love to cruel betrayals; from political intrigue to lakes that glow red to ghosts that continue to walk old paths. . . . The Empress of Salt and Fortune will appeal to all fans of epic fantasy, and readers will be excited to read whatever Vo comes up with next.--Booklist, starred review An elegant gut-punch, a puzzle box that unwinds itself in its own way and in its own time. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Gorgeous. Cruel. Perfect. I didn't know I needed to read this until I did.--Seanan McGuire A quiet, wrenching tale of resistance, resilience, and court intrigue.--R. F. Kuang This fantasy novella reminded me more of the anthropological leanings of Ursula K. Le Guin's work set in an imperial Chinese fantasy world. . . . Uncovers a nuanced history of how the disenfranchised shape history, and can come to rule it, though at great cost.--Buzzfeed Rich details and emotional prose captures readers from the first page of this imaginative and powerful novella. Spun through reflections of the past, in archived objects of love and hate, the tale of Rabbit and In-yo lights up the dark history of monarchy and turns it into a delightful feminist fantasy.--Library Journal Nghi Vo's gorgeous debut novella...follows two women defying traditional gender roles with striking results.--Paste A tale of rebellion and fealty that feels both classic and fresh, The Empress of Salt and Fortune is elegantly told, strongly felt, and brimming with rich detail. An epic in miniature, beautifully realised.--Zen Cho At once epic and intimate, this story of revenge, power and the weight of history is a small, masterful jewel.--Aliette de Bodard A glorious, beautifully-written tale that is both tragic and triumphant, unfolding a secret history through the ordinary artifacts of everyday life.--Kate Elliott A masterpiece of understatement and implication. This is the little black dress of books: it gives the impression of effortlessness while being quietly meticulous in every stitch. And it's for everyone.--Nerd Daily


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