When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain

The Singing Hills Cycle #2

Nghi Vo

fiction fantasy
adventurous slow-paced

176 pages | first published 2020

"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

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Moods

adventurous 79%
reflective 38%
tense 37%
mysterious 32%
emotional 28%
dark 15%
funny 14%
challenging 8%
lighthearted 8%
inspiring 7%
hopeful 6%
relaxing 5%
informative 3%
sad 2%

Pace

medium 47%
fast 35%
slow 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 42% | A mix: 28% | Character: 24% | N/A: 5%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 34% | Yes: 29% | No: 26% | N/A: 10%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 74% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 3% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 1% | No: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 34% | Yes: 34% | It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 6%

Average rating

4.44