Thank you tordotcom and netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Into the Riverlands (Singing Hills Cycle 3) by Nghi Vo
Release Date: October 25th 2022
Tags: Novella | Adult Fantasy | Companion Novels | Scribe | Story Telling
Trigger/Content Warnings: violence
Wandering cleric Chih of the Singing Hills travels to the riverlands to record tales of the notorious near-immortal martial artists who haunt the region. On the road to Betony Docks, they fall in with a pair of young women far from home, and an older couple who are more than they seem. As Chih runs headlong into an ancient feud, they find themselves far more entangled in the history of the riverlands than they ever expected to be.
Accompanied by Almost Brilliant, a talking bird with an indelible memory, Chih confronts old legends and new dangers alike as they learn that every story—beautiful, ugly, kind, or cruel—bears more than one face.
Into the Riverlands brings us to a different area of the world when Chih encounters a bar fight and is trust into the company of two unlikely duo’s.
The Singing Hills Cycle is a unique look at the world these stories are set in. Cleric Chih, accompanied by the talking bird Almost Brilliant, sets down a wonderful world building and a great cultural and historical feel. And that shows again with Into the Riverlands.
Chih is a pleasant character to follow because they bring balance and an interesting look into the story. She manages to open up people to tell their stories and is always genuinely interested. She knows the importance of stories and recording events as they are. Multiple sides if needed. And that is such a needed perspective, even in our current times.
7 thoughts on “Into the Riverlands | Book 3 of The Singing Hills Cycle | Arc Review”
I’m looking forward to this one! (I just got my preorder in, so I’ll be starting it soon I hope.) I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in the series, so I have high hopes for this one also.
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It was good again. Different, but good.
Agreed! I’ve read it now, and I really enjoyed it.
I don’t do so great with violence anymore. I have never liked it, but I just can’t tolerate it much anymore, if at all. Thanks for the content warning. 📚
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It is tame considered to others but it is there. Its a shame because I think you’d like these novella’s otherwise.