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Loved it! 😍

A Vietnamese Brothers Grimm tale! A little bit of creepy to read while curled up with on the couch. A 24hr read. Well translated to English.

I thought when I first started reading this book that I would likely give it a 3 star rating. But by the end it would be unfair to rate it less than 4 stars.

As an Australian reader with zero knowledge of Vietnamese culture or folklore I was not sure what to expect or if I would enjoy this book. For the first few chapters I worried that, despite it being very well translated to English with no grammatical errors that I noticed, I would be find it difficult to get into the story as it did 'read' differently to what I was used to compared to English writers. However, the story did eventually sweep me away and by the end I was excited to see that there was potentially going to be a sequel.

If you are interested in folklore, fairy tales and dark superstitions and would consider reading more from a different culture, then I highly recommend this book. It was well written, the characters are likeable and interesting, and the combination of multiple Vietnamese folklore and children's ghost stories made for a curious read. I did not guess who was behind the horrors of the small town until it was revealed.

Towards the end, the 'horror' is a bit more graphic, but as someone who never reads horror stories I found it manageable and it did add to the flavour of the book. So be prepared, but not put off would be my advice.

Overall, as said above, I was surprised I enjoyed this book as much as I did. There is plenty of room there for more books in the series (provided there is more Vietnamese folklore that can be utilised, of which I have no idea). I would recommend to those who are looking to step outside of their own culture, enjoy fantasy/dark fairy tales, or perhaps looking for something that has a little extra creep factor to what they are used to.

Well done to the author and translator/editor who are friends and have been working on this project for sometime. You've done a great job, and I look forward to reading book #2 should you choose to release it.

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I'm a Vietnamese - born and raised - indie author. I write about my culture as it's unexplored in English fiction. My favorite author is Jin Yong. My works are usually translated by my best friend, a fan of Rick Riordan and Cassandra Clare. view profile

Published on February 11, 2021

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70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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