Download a Free eBook of When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo Before May 29!

Good news for once! The eBook Club is BACK.

Please forgive us our hiatus. We have been running this program since, let’s see…five years…and nothing at all has happened in those last five years to make us tired or overwhelmed.

But! We are happy to be back and to be introducing eBook Club readers to Hugo, Ignyte, and Locus finalist and winner of the Crawford Award 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:

“Tiger,” Si-yu chanted. “Tiger, tiger, tiger…”

More than one, Chih realized, seeing the streak of dull orange on one side and then the other.

They’re not pack animals, they don’t hunt together, they had time to think, and then Piluk crested the final rise to the way station.

“There’s a barn, we can get ourselves in and Bao-so…”

Chih could see the slope of the barn’s roof beyond the way station itself, but between them was a figure—no, two figures—on the ground, they realized after a moment.

On his back, face obscured by the hood of his sheepskin coat and arms thrown out as if he had hoped to catch himself, was Bao-so. A stocky naked woman bent over him, and she draped her arm over his belly with a casual ownership, immune to the blistering cold. Bao-so’s hand twitched and the woman reached down, looking for all the world as if she wanted to hold it.

Chih froze in horror, but Si-yu only gave Piluk another hard whack, sending her lunging forward with a squeal. The mammoth’s speed was ponderous, but it was like a mountain had started to move. If it was coming for you, you didn’t care how fast it was coming, and that was apparently what the naked woman thought as well because in two bounds she was away and lost to the shadows.

“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.


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Cover art by Alyssa Winans; design by Christine Foltzer

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