When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo is the 2nd novella in The Singing Hills Cycle series of high fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books imprint.
This is their featured Free eBook of the Month Club offer, and is being made available to celebrate the novella’s nomination as a finalist for the Hugo Awards, as well as promote the author’s upcoming standalone debut novel, The Chosen and the Beautiful, a reimagined magical version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby. The 1st Singing Hills novella, The Empress of Salt and Fortune, a recipient of the Crawford Award and a finalist for the Hugo, Locus, and Ignyte, is also a May monthly discount special as an ebook for just $2.99 in North America.
The series takes place in a world inspired by imperial China, and this novella stars a non-binary cleric and their companions trapped by hungry tigers and awaiting rescue, who pass the time by recounting a legendary tale about a tiger and her scholar lover.
Offered free in Canada & US through Friday, May 28th (until just before midnight Eastern Time), available directly from the publisher.
Currently available @ the dedicated Tor.com eBook of the Month Club page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi, requires newsletter signup with valid email address; officially geo-restricted to Canada & US only due to regional publishing rights issues)
You can also read their blog announcement for it here which links to an excerpt of The Chosen and the Beautiful, which is slated for release in early June.
From Hugo, Ignyte, and Locus Finalist and Crawford Award Winner Nghi Vo
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.
“A stunning gem of a novella that explores the complexity and layers of storytelling and celebrates the wonder of queer love. I could read about Chih recording tales forever.”—Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
“Dangerous, subtle, unexpected and familiar, angry and ferocious and hopeful. . . . The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a remarkable accomplishment of storytelling” —NPR