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The Tiger's Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency) Paperback – October 3, 2017
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Praise for The Tiger's Daughter
"K Arsenault Rivera turns many of the standard conventions of fantasy on their heads....A love letter... lavishly chronicling how two women fall in love.... thoughtfully rendered and palpably felt." ― The Washington Post
"Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The Tiger’s Daughter sinks its claws into a reader and refuses to let them go until the very last page...As a word, ambitious sums up this debut." ―Culturess
“The epistolary tale at the heart of The Tiger’s Daughter unfolds with deceptive elegance, leading the reader to a conclusion at once unexpected, touching, and apt.” ―Jacqueline Carey, author of the bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series
"A layered and mesmerizing tale of love and legends, this fierce story will settle in your bones like a chill and leave your heart aching.” ―Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"Delicate, intricate, inevitable...a stunning debut. It took my breath away.” ―Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway
About the Author
K ARSENAULT RIVERA was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, but moved to New York when she was a toddler. While not managing a nutritional supplement store in Brooklyn, K is an avid participant in the RPG community, from which she drew inspiration for her debut novel, The Tiger’s Daughter.
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Over the course of this novel the history of two women is related in a letter from one to the other. There are deviations from time to time to allow action sequences to be described, but more than anything it is the retelling of the circumstances involved when two women fall in love and the life altering experiences that follow. I found this book to be more of a love story than an action filled fantasy novel.
This fantasy land seems to be an amalgamation and interpretation of Japan, China and Mongolia without the geographic barrier of an ocean. The writing is wonderfully evocative of the language of those cultures. The two women are both daughters of warrior women who were friends and wanted their daughters to be friends so there was as much time spent during childhood as was practical given the large geographical spaces involved. O-Shizuka will become Empress when her uncle dies and she takes the throne, Oshiro Shefali was born into the life of roaming the steppes. These two children first met at the age of five and promptly proved how independent they were of anyone except each other when they ran away on a lark and killed a tiger - at the age of five. From then on the hunting and killing of demons is done by Shefali.
Personally I would have appreciated more action in the book and a little help from the author to let me know what some of the words she was using meant without having to get through large portions of the book before I figured it out for myself. In this type of novel a glossary of words and terms is never excess baggage for a book. I also wanted to know what the symbolism of the two pine needles was. It might have indicated a deep love would grow between the two girl babies but I'm not quite sure. This author has a beautiful way of using words, I could almost imagine I heard gentle music in the background as I read, but I don't think the description of the book does it any favors. This wasn't the book I was expecting to read.
Three main points which I think anyone looking to read this book ought to know:
1) The romance is the central story here. The fantasy and action elements are the scene and tone in which these two women meet each other and fall in love. The primary plot is about how they lose and find (and lose and find and lose etc.) each other throughout this mythic course of events. While there is plenty of excitement in the supernatural fight scenes and political intrigues, it's not the focus of the story and the arc of the novel deviates sharply from your standard genre fare. The comparison to anime and manga that people have noted here and on Goodreads is apt in this regard - this was definitely not inspired by the story formulae that Western fantasy usually uses. I saw more of modern Japanese genre fiction in the action scenes (decidedly dark), the fantasy (mostly horror), and the romance (tones of desperate tragedy even during its triumphs). I suspect the next books will return to a more typical Hero's Journey, with a more defined Big Bad and the inevitable face-off between the two protagonists and the demonic menace that threatens their homelands.
1.5) The Tiger's Daughter is unapologetically feminist and LGBT. Though characters throughout the story raise eyebrows at the female warriors and lesbian romance that drive the plot, the author never gives any kind of apology to the reader. It is taken on face value that women can fight and lead and fall in love, no matter the culture or circumstances. I know I'm probably going to use the word refreshing a lot in this review, but this whole book is like a cool drink of water in the desert. Just to be clear, there are a few very explicit romance scenes in this book, should that matter to a potential reader or for anyone buying this for a younger reader.
2) This isn't a faithful representation of Japan, Mongolia, or China. I would put it this way: Westeros is to Medieval Western Europe as The Tiger's Daughter's countries are to Medieval East Asia. They are informed and inspired by the mythology, cultures, and histories, but they don't bear any strict resemblance, anymore than the Battle of the Blackwater portrayed accurate historical warfare. That said, I found it refreshing to read a fantasy novel that didn't feel like a clever retelling of someone's D&D campaign. It's nice to take a break from bards, elves, plate armor, and magic spells.
3) This is an epistolary novel, with all the occasionally improbable storytelling that implies. It mostly felt clear and comfortable, but yes, there are some parts where the narrator is describing a scene to someone who was there to see it. It's a hazard of the form, for sure, but I didn't mind. The letter format felt intimate and confessional and gave insight into the characters and relationships. It also lends a kind of antique tone to the story on its own, just because it's not used much in modern fiction, especially the long form epistolary, where the bulk of the manuscript is just one character's single letter to another. It was refreshing to have a different frame than you usually see in genre fiction.
I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for female-centric, emotionally-driven fantasy with a strong descriptive voice and fresh approach to genre fiction. I'm looking forward to the next books in the series!
(Disclaimer: I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I have since purchased a copy of the novel to support the wonderful work Rivera is doing.)
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