Than Mayer and Collins by incorporating backstories into the lives of the two gentlemen Dorian and River who are the two love interests of the female protagonist Athena aka Aegis The men s backstories are about their true identities who between them is the true Naerymth and Shepherd I will not answer that uestion so as not to spoil your funThe milleu is the post apocalyptic Philippines now being ruled by Naermyths relegating the still human survivors called Shepherds into hiding fugitive minorities Imagine the whole EDSA Paranaue Baguio tc all unlit and you are walking at night with all the duendes lurking in the dark watching you pass byOverall I njoyed reading this book Francisco should be given the credit not for using a
TESTED FORMULA BUT INCORPORATING IT WITH formula but incorporating it with familiar local milleu and using a lot of her imagination to make it scary and believable at least for this genre s fans She may be doing this to ride on the bandwagon but with the way she intricately interwoven her characters lives to come up with a credible denounment is something that is rare in the local literary field Her command of English and knowledge in both foreign and local mythologies are something that I also admire I hope there will be local writers who will write novels in English as readable and sensible as Francisco Not necessarily in romantic fantasy genre though Why is this book still not a runaway hit Can t you see how much of a genius Karen Francisco isWell she is Post apocalypse the Philippines and the rest of the world is under attack by no less than the creatures we branded as Mythical As something that only our yayas and lolas would know about Well we underestimated them because the Naermyths or the never myths have come out of the shadows and has taken over the world Karen Francisco created a My Book Review as Promise that might Suck because I m watching somethingSo okay I ll just use pros and consPros1 Some parts are original or rather I first know from it like the Rumpelstiltskin Anomaly tc2 Okay the filipino lore was cool like the Kapre dwende aswang diwata Churchills Trial etc3 She actually writes decent action scenes which reminds me of how Cassandra Clare would write it4 Thending was really good and unpredictable though the pilogue was just meh5 I do love the Macky part but I think there s a typo with how Fey should be spelled because in this one it was spelled as FayCons1 This reminds me of a lot of things like Mockingjayview spoilerwith the Mamon thingy Coin in Mockingjay hide spoiler It was an awesome read It was refreshing for me since the lore used by the author in this urban fantasy was distinctively of Philippine myths I immediately got hooked on the
Main Heroine Of The Story Aegis Or heroine of the story Aegis or her real name She kind of reminded me of Katniss in Hunger Games She is badass and can kick ass of many many Naermyths She is ruthless as a shepherd and ven lacking Lakeside Redemption emotion sometimes but war does that to people I like many of the characters in this story like her brothers in arms Dorian and mostspecially River there is also the In Pursuit of a Princess eccentric mad historian Tito Bing he was such a riot The world building in this one is fascinating because of the familiar mythical creatures used and maybe only in the filipino teleserye do I come to appreciate such kind of stories I am happy that this is one author who was bravenough to write this kind of popular genre in the filipino lore context There were still some phrases or perhaps the writing style that don t flow together This was written in English and a handful of filipino phrases were being incorporated I do sense that you cannot read this book in a purely American Second Time Loving english intotation in your head though Well at least in my readingxperienceBut this is an xciting action packed fantasy adventure The twist and turns keeps turning up after very Dark Awakening end of a chapter So I have uite a number of WTF and OMGEEE moments in this one as well Since I am also a die hard romantic I am rooting for Athena and River this two need to get together Ano naman kasitong si Athena super in denialhehehe The pacing of the story is good I look forward to the seuel of this book since that traitor Sponge Cake named person is still out there She gave Mamon one of my fave snack a bad nameboooo However its villains like her that also made the story compelling Over all I really dig this one First of the premise was really a catch Instead of the usual foreign zombies and vampires a finally read a book about our local creatures Imagining them in a post apocalyptic Philippines is really a treat and I found that old hermit to be uite a laugh My problem though is with the plot twist It was very predictable I was not surprised with it at all And as for the problem in the Hawks Way (Hawks Way ending there s a lot of modern ways to avoid it which annoyed me too But most was the tone the author used specially when describing the two leading men Too much Twilight in it But heck it was a girl that wrote it so I guess it wasxpectedGenerally a good read just seems for the female crowd though Guys beware This is Twilight in the Philippines. This desolate world But when I rescued Dorian from Dwende captivity I discovered that not only is he the most dangerous thing to have around but he could be our one hope for redemption I now find myself protecting a born killer but in doing so I’m turning my back on verything hum. When I was young my yaya have the power to create mythical creatures into real moving creatures by sharing stories and giving a week power to create mythical creatures into real moving creatures by sharing stories and giving a week nightmares I lived in a place where mountains rivers and forests were not fully discovered with thick bushes and spirits roaming around the grounds Some said those places were used to be houses for creatures that are hiding for centuries Nobody knows when this myth will be real but maybe almost of us already xperience or saw this creatures waiting for them to be discovered again If the time comes are we ready to fight to survive between myth and realityMy yaya told me a story that I won t be forget it was the popular story of an innocent woman
who went abroad and came back with a sudden twist in her life She beaten all went abroad and came back with a sudden twist in her life She beaten all son and cooked them for her husband it was one of the delicious food that r
HUSBAND TASTED HE DOESN T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT tasted He doesn t have any idea what of meat his wife cooked for him but when he checked their refrigerator He saw the head of his two sons looking at his yes waiting and crying for mercy Blood spread through the house and his wife suddenly vanished from mankind It was the story of an aswang named Maria Labo A mythical creature that Sabina Spielrein eats human meat with foul odor in human form Aswang can be hereditary or can be manually acuired through saliva and a stone that came from another aswang after death Filipinos were well known of their myth and legends from diwata a beautiful fairy liked creature to kapre a giant that smoke that stays in baleteI want to deliberatelyxplain why I liked this book although it disappoints me from the beginning to the Cognitive Radio Networks end of the story But compared to any other Filipino YA novels this must be a nice beginning for them tonjoy writing in this type of genre Mixed with Filipino culture with a grand twist in the Personnel Management in Government end For those paranormal novel lovers this is a must read for you guys I admit that this is not suitable for those people who are not interested in myth or don t have any backgrounds in Filiipino mythology I suggest that the author should begin with a footnote or a glossary in the back of the book This must be simple for us Filipinos but if she really wanted her book to be international she should consider the Filipino term usedI gave it 4 sweets not because I liked the story but because I was impressed with her research I mean the detailedxplanation and historical facts of the myth I wish high schools will recommend this book for students to read for Filipino subjects than reading some books that are not interested in current generations I must confess that I really hate Filipino authored books because of my high school Filipino subjects2 Sweets It was an okay read from the start I was hoping for the book to Out of This World end I m not that rudenough but seriously it was an awkward thing to read this kind of book but I get used to it in the The Time It Never Rained end While reading I was dreaming of Twilight with sparkling vampires and a special creature I don t like to mention the second creature orlse it might spoil your reading The Child of the Soul and Other Stories experience Aegis or Athena Dizon was a cold lady living with the Shepherds they are the group of people who fight for their survival and accidentally saved a mysterious guy guarded by the dwende or dwarfsWhen she came back to the ruins River discovered something weird on the guy He was surrounded by aether The 5thlement with unknown composition used by the alchemists Because of her desperate to break the mystery between them she struggled to save her life and her family from the hand of those who wanted her the Ibig ng Bathala a message from above that will change Childrens Phantasies everything from the day the naermyth appeared1 Sweets The novel was well researched the mythical creatures were wellxplained and their history The author also mentioned some comparison between Filipino to foreign mythical creatures She also included a special creature in the story that deals with major plot and twist in the middle of the book Three hundred pages of mythological study is a heavy read for meAnother 1 Sweets This may contain spoiler I truly adored the nding it was nice that the author put some cheesiness in the nd I was hoping for a real wedding between the characters unfortunately it was a different wedding Well about the letter it was so heart warming Now I m talking like a fanboy but seriously the nding was worth waiting for image rror Original post at One More PageI spotted Naermyth by Karen Francisco in Fully Booked by sheer accident I was supposed to get The Giver by Lois Lowry when I felt like ambling over to the Filipiniana section of the store and then I saw the black and orange spine of the book I thought it was just a new local comics or something but when I read the blurb I was sold Could it be Local dystopian fantasy This I have to readNaermyth is a word play on the phrase never myth which is what the people used to describe creatures that caused the apocalypse after they attacked the human race These are creatures from Philippine mythology that we have often watched or heard stories from as children aswang duwende kapre nuno sa punso di. Never were they myth in the first placeThe world Gods and Heroes ended It was not because of a comet prophecy natural disaster or whatever garbage foretold on the internet but becausevery myth ver written turned out to be an account of historical fact These monsters we’ve read about as children. Wata tc that we thought were just that myths However it t Originally posted on my blog It s a little weird writing this post months after having read the book and having given my copy away but my personal need to chronicle my reading life is compelling me so here we go Naermyth by Karen Francisco is a take on post apocalyptic YA that combines the tropes of the genre with uniuely Filipino references In this world the creatures of mythology suddenly merge and lay waste to most of civilization In the Philippines these are the creatures parents used to invoke to strike fear into children s hearts such as This is the first novel written in English by a Filipino author that
I read from start to finish as far as I could remember read from start to finish as far as I could remember picked the book because of my love for apocalyptic literature and Philippine folklore but it took me too long to finish it this book is not an asy speedy read This is a promising debut from Karen Francisco I should say because it is rather uncommon among Filipino writers to produce a project that is set in the backdrop of apocalypticdystopian universe Naermyth is set five years after the war between humans and supernatural creatures broke It follows Athena s codename Aegis point of view Athena is one of the Shepherds a group of fighters who slay very supernatural beast and save those who remain alive until she ncounters a boy her age called Dorian Little by little Athena discovers something mystical about Dorian that Dorian himself isn t aware of And what Athena unfolds can potentially put herself in grave dangerThe I originally gave this book only two stars but decided the reader of this review if used to the usual scale of ambition among Filipino novels might misunderstand meYou see I m convinced this book is a milestone for Philippine books Last Chance Bride earning it a place in the history of Philippine storytelling And when I give it 2 stars I do so on a scale that has Orson Scott Card and Ursula leGuin at the 5 star mark Karen Francisco s opus while in many ways technically flawed is goodnough that to not place it on a scale with the greats would do it a disservice although on such a scale it might not score as highly as it otherwise might Francisco s narrative has ambition chutzpah and with some Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy editing an appeal capable of crossingthnic or national boundariesReview in progress Need sleep This is a well crafted piece of work Karen Francisco wrote this book probably based on what she thought would be saleable as in uso but I think she was also trying to positively influence the taste of the reading public Not to the Lawman Lover (Outlaws, extent of going doing it ala Syjuco ie making the story hard to read so that it will be seen as a cerebral work but Francisco did it in a localxporter style She made use of our
*indigenous materials she *materials She local yet skillful world class craftsmanship And probably while writing she was dreaming of not only pleasing local young readers in the country but also the international readers by writing in English and not in masang masang Tagalog languageThis book belongs to fantasy love story rather horror genre In fact it failed to scare me bigtime I got the book as a prize for winning Pinoy Henyo in last year s Christmas Party of the Filipinos group here in Goodreads From what I heard while holding the book and grinning City Girl in Training ear toar this book has all those mythological scary characters that we as Filipino children heard when we were young manananggal tikbalang kapre Mystery at Kittiwake Bay etc If you look at the cover you would get an impression that this is about those things as there seemed to be a winged animal on top of a dark deserted building The only difference was that those Filipino mythological characters have been associated with rural surroundings so I thought that I knew what the story was all about That was the reason why I postponed reading this for than 6 months Not only I know that this would be another cheap offshoot copycat of Twilight with a Bella like character falling forither a handsome tikbalang or kapreI was wrong AlmostWell Francisco knows how to write a good story Written in first person narrative and with consistent and seamless use of point of view her prose is simple yet this book is hardly a YA She knew a lot about foreign mythologies and tried to blend them to our own Example of this is the derivation of the antagonist name Mamon that veryone would thought to be a sponge cake but Francisco said that the name is a derivative of Mammon the demon of wealth and greedy pursuit The story can be about mythological macabre characters but the book does not insult your intelligence probably the way I felt reading Suzanne Collin s Mockingjay Sorry I just want to drive the point that this for me is not a YA This is probably the reason why local fantasy fans are still not buying and reading this book based on what I see here in GoodreadsHowever the romance formula of having a love triangel that worked in Twilight with Edward Bella Jacob and The Hunger Games with Peeta Katniss Gale almost made this book formulaic Almost because it seemed to me that Francisco is imaginative. Waged a war that lead to the human race’s downfall And the unlucky who survived are hunted down or worse torturedIn these dark times people could only turn to the Shepherd for help I am one such Shepherd and I thought my only task was to protect the few humans who still thrived on.