Scheherazade meets Rashomon

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain (The Singing Hills Cycle, #2)
by Nghi Vo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Loved the mammoths immediately! And I was oddly happy to meet Chih again, despite complaining about a lack of an emotional connection to the characters in the first book of this series, The Empress of Salt and Fortune.

We meet demons/shapeshifters in the form of tigers. And they want to eat Chih and their travel companions. Chih has to tell a story to hopefully save them, but doesn‘t get it quite right. It felt a bit like Scheherazade of One Thousand and One Nights meets Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa. In my head I pictured an animated movie, perhaps inspired by the pretty book cover.

I am finally hooked and already requested The Singing Hills #3, Into the Riverlands, on Netgalley. Fingers crossed.

PS: These novellas are standalone, you do not need to read them in order.


6 thoughts on “Scheherazade meets Rashomon

  1. I really liked this second book in the series. I think I liked it more than book one, and I’m also really looking forward to book three. I agree—I’m not sure what it was about it, but I connected better with Chih in this book (though I don’t think I was as disconnected as you were for book one).

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      1. Yes, I like the tigers‘ personalities and how the author described them. I have to check her bio again to see if she has cats…


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