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When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain

(The Singing Hills Cycle #2)

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"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
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ebook, 128 pages
Expected publication: December 8th 2020 by Tordotcom
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chai ♡
hello, can I interest you in:

- a non-binary cleric with little sense of self-preservation
- a girl, a mammoth, & a lance
- scholar/apex predator slow-burn sapphic courtship (and they were wives!)
- the inherent homoeroticism of reading poetry out loud
- queer love: how cruel, how profoundly tender
- stories, stories, and more stories! stories that slip like sand held in a curled palm! stories that rise from the dust and whirl defiantly into the wind! stories that save lives and stories that (almost
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Emma☀️
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain was a delightful, beautiful read. The prose was enchanting and I hung onto Vo’s every word until the very last page. Suffice to say, I loved this very much.

The novella follows Cleric Chih on another one of their adventures to document more stories. They, along with their companions, Si-yu and Piluk stumble across a band of hungry tigers. To ensure their safety, a night of storytelling commences.

As with The Empress of Salt and Fortune, storytelling was the f
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Aliette
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about tales, truth, who gets to remember and what gets remembered--and also the f/f scholar/tiger romance of my heart.
Bradley
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-shelf
New silkpunk! While I really enjoyed the first of the Singing Hills Cycle books, I liked this one better.

Why? I just did, okay! lol

Seriously, it's all about the Tiger and the Scholar. The novella was written as a story within a story, but it focuses on the true kick of the core story. Beautifully written, evocative, and emotional, it first appears to be the "dangerous man tamed by the meek woman" trope, but it retains that real subtlety that tells a very different story for those willing to list
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Boston
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Full review to come!
aarya
2020 Fall Bingo (#fallintorombingo🍁): Set in Another World

“Madam, I’m Cleric Chih from the abbey at Singing Hills. I’ve come—”

“To be dinner, I think,” said the tiger cordially. “All three of you will be. The mammoth can go home if she wishes.”


How is Nghi Vo so good? Gah, truly the best of what fantasy has to offer. I didn’t love this as much as Empress of Salt and Fortune (which, honestly, is a freaking high bar to meet since that was phenomenal). So I’m rating When the Tiger Came Down the
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
*blows kiss to the stars* for dieu and ho thi thao

Rep: Vietnamese-coded characters and setting, nonbinary mc, wlw mcs and side character

CWs: gore
Gabriela
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Empress of Salt and Fortune was my favourite book of the year so far, what made When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain one of my most anticipated reads. It did not let me down for a second and has become my newest comfort read.
I finished it in one sitting during my work break, and I'm already thinking about re-reading it.
We follow Cleric Chih in another one of their travels, this time without Almost Brilliant (I missed them), where they encounter a group of tigers. And so, a night of sto
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Acqua
Apr 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-sequels
How did I not know this was a thing?? Can't wait
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
I absolutely loved Empress of Salt and Fortune and look forward to reading this standalone sequel! (Really, I'm just happy that I can read another Nghi Vo title so soon after the last.)
Tammie C.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Tordotcom for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

With this second novella, Nghi Vo has become an instant buy author for me. I adored The Empress of Salt and Fortune, and was so grateful to have had the opportunity to read this second novella in this world that I’ve come to love so much ahead of its release date in December.

In this book, we once again follow Chih on their adventures. This time around, Chih is the one telling a story. I
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Colby
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
RTC.

Thank you to NetGalley and to Tor/Forge for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
C. S.
I guess you know a story is good when, after finishing it, you're left with a vague, restless discontent with anything that isn't that story.

The second novella in the Singing Hills Cycle, When The Tiger Came Down The Mountain is beautiful and funny and (like the first one) surprisingly immersive for a story within a story. Just perfect in every way.
Liv
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
The adventures of non-binary, humble but inquisitive cleric Chih continue to amaze and enthrall with perfectly crafted prose and beautiful characterization in this standalone sequel to the equally excellent The Empress of Salt and Fortune.

When last we met Chih, the travelling storytelling cleric, they happened upon a lonely old woman who really needed to have her story heard and understood, if for nothing else than at least for closure, and what a story she had to tell - one of imperial politics
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Raksha
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a lush, beautiful story!
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain is the next standalone novella set in The Singing Hills Cycle. I haven't read The Empress of Salt and Fortune yet but after this, be sure that I'll be picking it up as soon as possible.
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain is mainly written in a story within a story format, which I wasn't expecting, but loved nevertheless. What I loved most, apart from the amazing setting, and cute (yes, I do mean cute) magical creatures is how d
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Racheal
Heck YES this was just as amazing as the first one. I haven't been in a can't-put-it-down love affair with a book in a solid 3 months, so this was like a balm to my soul. Full review to come after I've done some pondering
Justine (Milkz)
May 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-december
I didn't know there was going to be a second book! NEED!
Ellie-Simone
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second novella in The Singing Hills Cycle series. I can see a future in which all instalments following Almost Brilliant and Chih are compiled into a gorgeous, bound hardback anthology. When that day arrives, just take all my money Tor. This series is saturated with textured voices and the presence of storied power. These books read like a lyric poem being lovingly embraced by Vietnamese folk tales. Truly modern while maintaining a traditional dignity in their commitment to atmospheric devel ...more
Katy
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nghi Vo continues to amaze in this stunning sequl/companion novel to Empress of Salt and Fortune. In this novella we follow Chih again (who is my favourite non-binary cleric ever - i love them so much uwu) who is travelling in the north and a scout from the mammoth clan called Si-Yu is guiding them with her mammoth Piluk (who is so cute!!!) and as they are travelling up a mountain to a way station when they are waylaid by 3 tigers.

The tigers are persuaded to hold off on killing Chih and Si-Yu by
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Margaret
The second novella in The Singing Hills Cycle is smaller in scope but just as beautiful. Cleric Chih is trying to cross the mountains with the help of giant mammoths and their riders when they and their guide are attacked by shapeshifting tigers. To keep the tigers at bay, Chih tells them a story about a scholar and her tiger lover, and the tigers have many corrections to make to the tale.
Katie
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 - loved the middle with the back and forth storytelling. You could clearly see the focuses of each culture. Found the ending extremely abrupt and rushed though
gio
Apr 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
I’m just here to excitedly scream about this
Kes
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo is the second novella is the second book in The Singing Hills Cycle. Thank you to Tor and Netgalley for the e-arc! When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain releases on December 8th!

I loved The Empress of Salt and Fortune and felt myself completely drawn into that world and its story. So of course, I was elated to see the upcoming release of another book set within the same world with the same main character. The Tiger Came Down the Mountain did not d
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Hayley Stone
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a phenomenal follow-up to The Empress of Salt and Fortune!

Much like its predecessor, When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain is told half in frame, half out—and it is nothing short of brilliant. Chih is, as always, a wonderful main character who provides a strong anchor point to the folklore-esque events going on around them. I also love how this novella dives into ideas of history vs. myth, and how stories change depending on the teller. The framed story of Hi Thi Thao (a tiger!) and the Sc
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Jess Kramer
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for a honest review.
This novella has quickly become my favourite for the year. I went in expecting a good tale, but also a rushed one - so I was pleasantly surprised that it read like a full novel within itself, rather than a short story. I'm also not usually a fan of the 'story within a story' tool, but was again surprised at how much I enjoyed this one - I found myself rushing through my chores at the end of the day just so I could pick up this book
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QuarantineReads
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
This book was beautiful. I should have expected it though, I’m always awed by Vo’s work. I thought it was funny and the words were almost lyrical at times, and the characters, as always, were fascinating beyond belief. My only wish is that it was longer. I didn’t love this one QUITE as much as I loved Empress of Salt and Fortune, but I did love it quite a bit. The tigers especially were very interesting to me, and I loved heari
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Ashley Dang
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A absolutely fantastic and magical story! The plot is about a cleric who becomes stranded in a mountain by three tigers who will allow them to live until they finish recounting a history they wish to correct. The magical element of the story is amazing and I was absolutely engrossed in the history that the cleric was recounting. A beautiful and almost lyrical element to the story. I was so engrossed and I would honestly recommend this for anyone who enjoys folktales, fairytales, and anything mag ...more
USOM
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I wasn't sure it was possible to love a book about Chih even more, but then Vo added woolly mammoths! We love scenes with gigantic, sweet, and soft mammoths! Add the fact that Chih frame narrative involves talking to a series of shapeshifter tigers. When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain is a lyrical and gorgeous story about truth. Storytelling is the central focus of this novella. No
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Slmstanley
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for a review:

A charming novella set in the same universe as "The Empress of Salt and Fortune". Cleric Chih is traveling over a mountain pass on their way to another duty, until they and their Mammoth-riding guide are trapped by three extremely talkative tigers. What follows is a night of story-telling and danger, in which the author examines the function of story not only as a vehicle for historical truth, but as the tool of those who wi
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Jamie
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I'm not usually a fan of novellas, but I'm enjoying the shorter connected stories and hope the author continues in this word.
The job of the cleric is interesting and I enjoy the world building as constructed through different people's stories as they travel. In this story, the talking, shapeshifting tigers was a bit more fantasy than I usually prefer, but the story was short and interesting.
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Nghi Vo lives on the shores of Lake Michigan, and her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Expanded Horizons, Crossed Genres, and Icarus Magazine. She likes stories about things that fall through the cracks and live on the edges, and she has a deep love for tales of revolution (personal and political), transfiguration, and transmutation. She’s a writer by trade, a storyteller by nature, a vol ...more

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