A Review On When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

Cleric Chih takes on tigers as they tell the story of Ho Thi Thao and Dieu in order to save themself and Si-yu from being tiger food. When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain shows the strength of storytelling and how, even the stories can perhaps save yourself from death.

Cleric Chi must face tigers and tell the story of their relative, Ho Thi Thao in order to save themselves and their friends, but, making sure that they do not offend the tigers by telling the wrong story. In order to do so, they must carefully speak the right words, or else, they are dead.

Book: When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
Series: The Singing Hills Cycle #2 (Book one review : here )
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
(Thank you NetGalley for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review)
Tags: Young Adult, fantasy, Asian representation, LGBTQ+, romance
Links: Goodreads | Ebook | Paperback | Hardback | Audio
Read: December 26, 2020 to December 30, 2020


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


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Spoiler Free Review

Cleric Chih takes on tigers as they tell the story of Ho Thi Thao and Dieu in order to save themself and Si-yu from being tiger food. When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain shows the strength of storytelling and how, even the stories can perhaps save yourself from death.

Cleric Chi must face tigers and tell the story of their relative, Ho Thi Thao in order to save themselves and their friends, but, making sure that they do not offend the tigers by telling the wrong story. In order to do so, they must carefully speak the right words, or else, they are dead.

I gave When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain three stars. I had a fascinating time reading this but I felt as if the point of Cleric Chih telling the story lacked a few things. While I understood that if they didn’t tell the story, they would have died, however, it felt back and forth. While that can be a good thing, it felt unnatural in When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain. What really was the point of having the back and forth occasions with the tiger and Chih? To tell how the story Ho Thi Thao and Dieu are very different when comparing the stories of the Cleric Chih versus the tigers?

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain had a few enjoyable parts to the story, but when it came to the plot and what the story was truly about, it didn’t capture my attention. Though that being said, I did not hate the book but rather think that When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain had a lot more potential.

Thank you again to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I hope you guys have a great day, please like and comment down below if you enjoyed this book as well or if you plan on reading it!

Loves,

Veronica Chen

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