Review: Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo

Series: The Singing Hills Cycle #3
Author: Nghi Vo
Publisher: Tor.com
Released: October 25, 2022
Received: NetGalley

4 1/2 kitties

Looking for an enchanting tale about a wandering cleric that collects stories? Check out The Singing Hills Cyclewritten by Nghi Vo. Into the Riverlands is the third novella in this series, and I still love every moment of it.

Chih is a wandering cleric – by choice and by trade. They love their task, as their only goal is to collect as many stories as possible. Through this, their order can ensure that the voices and stories of the people are heard.

This adventure has taken Chih to Betony Docks, a dangerous area. Chih likely would have ended up in quite a bit of trouble had two young women, and an older couple not all decided to travel alongside Chih. Along the way, there will be more stories to collect.

My description of Into the Riverlands does not do it justice. Seriously – I adore this series, but I think Into the Riverlands is my favorite of the bunch (so far). It is intense and beautiful. In truth, I could add a hundred more adjectives and still feel like it doesn’t encompass how this novella made me feel.

So, why did I love this novella over the others? I think it’s the tone and perhaps the moral of the story. Much of the tales told in Into the Riverlands focus on beauty versus ugliness and how women are portrayed in tales. There’s something we can all learn from that if you ask me.

It’s also simply a lot of fun! I adore the new characters and am sad to see them go. I understand why they couldn’t take up permanent camp alongside Chih and Almost Brilliant, but you can’t blame me for hoping.

If you haven’t read The Singing Hills Cycle but love fantasy and legends, please take a few moments to check it out. If you’ve read the previous two, you’ve got to pick up Into the Riverlands and give it a read! It’s worth it.

Thanks to Tor.com and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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