When Marcella Leones relocates her family of aswang vampires from the Philippines to Portland, Oregon, she raises her grandchildren under strict rules so humans will not expose them. Her only wish is to give them a peaceful life, far away from the hunters and the Filipino government that attempted to exterminate them.
Before she dies, she passes on the power to her eldest grandchild, Percival. He vows to uphold the rules set forth by Leones, allowing his family to roam freely without notice. After all, they are aswangs.
However, when the aswang covenant is broken, the murder rate in Portland rises drastically. Who is behind the murders? And who is behind the broken covenant? Along with sensie Penelope Jane, Percival must find the truth.
It’s then they discover that there are other breeds of aswangs—werebeasts, witches, ghouls, and viscera—who have been residing in Portland for years.
Based on Filipino folklore (aswang), “Vampires of Portlandia” is a fantastical tale of different monsters coexisting in the weirdest city in America.
So I was staring into the void the other day, contemplating life and the unfairness of everything, thinking about what I should post in the blog next. Then I decided to make a list of books by Filipino authors that I think more people should read.
I know you probably haven’t heard of most of these, but these are books that I read and enjoyed, some from authors whose work I highly recommend. Please check out the other books mentioned as well!
Yes, this is all random. No pattern or hidden message whatsoever, I promise.
Can you imagine, it’s been over a year since my last post! I had to step back from blogging for some time to focus on other things. So yeah, I missed A LOT. I feel so rusty at blogging that I seem to have forgotten how to words. Please forgive me in advance. I’ve been so accustomed to talking to machines every day, but I’ll try to make this human-readable.
OKAY. Enough rambling, Cara. Let’s get to the main order of business. To celebrate my being back to the blogging world (how long will it last this time huhu), I will be joining the Wikathon!!!
In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.
On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.
Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.
Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.
Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.