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Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria

Amazing local fantasy reads are a few and far between these days. It is somewhat a bit of rarity, or admittedly I may just not know where to look. But sometimes I get so lucky that I stumble upon such a rare treasure.

When me and my colleague/ fellow book enthusiast saw copies of Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria, we remember seeing her name somewhere, we immediately picked up the last pieces displayed on the shelf. A few more minutes after reading the synopsis on the back, we were off to the cashier to pay for our new purchases.

The story of Wounded Little Gods is about Regina her little hometown named Heridos, where spirits used to roam. Heridos is your usual province outside the metro, and for most of us, it’s what we call home. Regina is your average fresh out of college yuppie: stuck at a first job that’s not even directly related to your degree, but hey it’s alright because it means to an end. It’s still a paycheck at the end of the day, up until you land that dream job you’ve truly been aiming for.

Regina’s life in the metro is just normal, uneventful most of the time. But one Friday night would change it all when she gets acquainted with Diana. Diana who shares a strange conversation with Regina and adds up the mystery when Diana doesn’t show up to work on Monday. And the day after that. Diana just disappears. Regina may have thought of it as nothing, maybe Diana moved to new company finally fed up with their work, just that she did it without telling anyone else. But then Regina discovers a piece of paper in her bag, a piece of paper with Diana’s handwriting, two names and a map. A map that will send Regina rushing home, back to Heridos.

Eliza Victoria’s Wounded Little Gods is unique and imaginative. She was able to narrate an original story laced with rich Filipino folklore. It captures your imagination and it takes you along with Regina to a journey of discovery that will lead to the unraveling of the mysteries of the past and present. The puzzles that float around the little town of Heridos and the unknown forces surrounding this rural village.

The added familial dynamics creates another dimension to the story. Just when you think you know where the story is headed, Eliza Victoria will prove otherwise. I’m so glad I discovered this book, it may be shorter than any of the fantasy reads you’re accustomed to but here she proves that you can enamor your audience even with a much thinner page count. Eliza Victoria is now definitely included to my list of notable Filipino authors. I look forward to reading more of her works in the future.

 

Read: February 12, 2017

The BookNut Verdict: 5 out of 5

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Hello there! Thanks for stumbling through my little abode here. I’m self-confessed late bloomer voracious reader. Been doing a lot of catching up lately since I let me to-read pile grow a mile (a hundred miles) long. I’m in love with the written word although I have no formal training in writing. I just try to jot down random ramblings and thoughts in my mind before they escape me. My tastes in books aren’t discriminating, I can read almost anything with just a minor exception in the horror genre. Since I scare easily, I tend to back away from that. I read mostly fiction, from young adult, new adult (the older version of YA), sci-fi, thriller, mystery, action-adventure to of course romance (ahem smutty romance). I’m here to share my reviews for the books that I read. Share my thoughts about their authors and characters. I’m not here to blog about the technical aspect of it or give you spoilers (I hope not!) but more like give you insights about these various stories with the hopes that maybe I’ll be encouraging you to read them too. I hope you stayed long enough to get through this. If you did, then you’re the real MVP! Xoxo, The BookNut :)

2 thoughts on “Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria

    1. Thanks for checking out my review. Unfortunately, the Wounded Little Gods is not yet listed on Amazon. But you can also try reading one of Eliza Victoria’s other books, Dwellers – winner of the Philippine National Book Award (2014). I have yet to do a review for it but I’ve heard lots of good things about it. You can check it out here:
      Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22823221-dwellers
      Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dwellers-Eliza-Victoria-ebook/dp/B01MFC26YD/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

      Enjoy! 😊

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