When the tiger came down the mountain

by Vo, Nghi,

Format: Print Book 2020
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From Hugo, Locus, and Ignyte Finalist, Crawford Award Winner, and Bestselling Author Nghi Vo

"A stunning gem of a novella that explores the complexity and layers of storytelling and celebrates the wonder of queer love. I could read about Chih recording tales forever."--Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree

"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 When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain , a mesmerizing, lush standalone follow-up to The Empress of Salt and Fortune .

The Singing Hills Cycle

The Empress of Salt and Fortune
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain
Into the Riverlands

The novellas of The Singing Hills Cycle are linked by the cleric Chih, but may be read in any order, with each story serving as an entrypoint.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Vo's sequel to The Empress of Salt and Fortune (2020) continues the adventures of the story-collecting cleric Chih, who is this time travelling their way north with a soldier and her mammoth mount. On their way through the pass, they are stopped by three shapeshifting tiger sisters, and they only narrowly escape being eaten when Chih mentions the story of Ho Thi Thao, a tigress who found a human wife, Scholar Dien. Chih now must tell the story of their marriage while the sisters correct her version, which becomes a balancing act between keeping them interested and not provoking their carnivorous ire because of the story's inaccuracies. Similar to Vo's previous novella, the bulk of the narrative is made up of stories told to and by the protagonist, in this case two competing versions of the same legendary romance. While less concerned with geopolitics and history than the previous volume, this new entry should please Vo's fans as well as anyone interested in fantasy worlds with a non-western influence similar to the work of Neon Yang, Zen Cho, or Paul Krueger."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vo follows The Empress of Salt and Fortune with another dazzling, standalone novella featuring Cleric Chih as they explore the northern region of Anh. A quick trip to a local way station is derailed by a trio of tigers who corner Chih and their guide, Si-yu, in a barn. When the tigers, who speak with human voices, learn that Chih is an accomplished story archivist, they demand to hear the human version of a legend shared among their kind before eating the travelers. At their request, Chih tells the story of Scholar Dieu, a woman dedicated to her studies, who comes upon the tiger Ho Thi Thao. Though the tigers frequently interrupt Chih to counter the human narrative with their own version of events, it is clear Dieu and Ho Thi Thao are intricately linked in both human and tiger history. Vo elegantly threads the legend through the frame story, and Chih's personal history is equally, if not more, fascinating than the legend of Ho Thi Thao. 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. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Dec.)"
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Additional Information
Series [The singing hills cycle]
Subjects Empresses -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Imaginary places -- Fiction.
Exile (Punishment) -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Tordotcom book"--Title page verso.
Description 125 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781250786135
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