On the Horizon – fireheart tiger (Aliette de Bodard)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy novella eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

Title: fireheart tiger

Author: Aliette de Bodard

Publisher: Tor.com

Publication Date: TOMORROW!! (paperback/e-book)

ISBN: 978-1250793263

Source: NetGalley

Fireheart Tiger

I really do enjoy Aliette de Bodard’s writing and was excited to read this novella.  It was a quick read at around 100 pages but the length is its greatest flaw.  The basic story is easy to follow and was compelling but I felt that too much background and emotion happened off the page.  This was particularly true with Giang.  Giang was the most interesting character in the story by far and yet doesn’t appear often, wasn’t really explored, and thus made the ending rather unbelievable and confusing.  The world building also felt kinda flat.

What I did enjoy was the main character, Thanh.  Her history of having been a hostage to a foreign nation, her forbidden love affair, and her relationship with her mother were very intriguing.  I just think that this novella would have been better off expanded in length so that all of the fascinating elements could have been explored satisfactorily.  Arrrr!

So lastly . . .

Thank you Tor.com!

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

the tea master and the detective (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)
in the vanisher’s palace (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi/Fantasy eArc)
on a red station, drifting (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)
seven of infinities (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi eArc)

4 thoughts on “On the Horizon – fireheart tiger (Aliette de Bodard)

  1. Sorry this one fell a bit flat. I usually don’t have a problem with novellas due to their length but I hope to read this one soonish so I guess we’ll see if I have the same issue. Glad that you loved other things about it though–that bodes well! 🙂


  2. Yeah, I’ve been excited for this one since it was announced, but I’m concerned that it’s just too short to do it justice. I’m still going to read it (and hopefully enjoy it) but I’m expecting to be left wanting more detail.


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