The Brides of High Hill

Tor.com. (Singing Hills Cycle, Bk. 5). May 2024. 128p. ISBN 9781250851444. $19.99. FANTASY
Cleric Chih begins this adventure believing they know the story they are participating in, that a young girl has brought them along on her journey to marriage to a wealthy and powerful older man to save her parents’ reputation and fortune. Chih’s presence is the last choice she will be allowed to make on her own. But nothing is as it seems—because the lord, the bride, and the family she is saving are all more monstrous than Chih believed. Chih may have come on this journey in search of stories but they find themself in the middle of one once again. This fifth entry in the “Singing Hills Cycle,” after Mammoths at the Gates, takes Chih out of the Abbey to tell a tale that at first seems all too familiar, but it subtly changes into a story where no one and nothing is as it seems. Even Chih doesn’t realize their perspective has been compromised.
VERDICT A highly recommended entry in Vo’s series, one where the familiar erupts in surprise, a shower of blood, and all the horrors of Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth, leaving Chih with yet another fascinating tale to tell.
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