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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 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 whole new world The whole world isn t just the Philippines she also gave the readers glimpses on what s happening to the rest of the Earth Dragons dominate Europe Big foot in Canada and so on The story does not revolve around Metro Manila too The characters move around the Philippines Makati is Naermyth territory because it used to be a swamp Pangasinan is Naermyth free bacause they produce sea salt there and Capiz is the center of naermyth government ofcourse I also want to commend Karen for doing her research She did not grew up hereright but she certainly know what she s talking about She knows the Filipino folklores Mr. Perfect everything from the nuno sa punso to the diwatas that lived in the mountains She knowsvery Naermyth characteristics and capabilities I finished this around ten last night and I was sacred to go out my room P Its that ffective but then again I have always been a cowardI also liked that Karen focused on back stories which made the characters real betrayals human greed and all that Although I found it a bit boring because there weren t that much action and there were so many information that were given in the form of dialogues The story was very unexpected The true nature of Dorian that I don t like the appearances of the Diwatas Mamon who I know ven from the start can t be trusted who chooses Mamon as an alias Although her name was a foreshadowing River who was way too corny but I have grown to love and basically 7 Secrets of the Goddess everything about this book is unexpected I was glad I read thisBEST THING about this book its only 250 Php D 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 I 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 anasy 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 Indianomix every supernatural beast and save those who remain alive until shencounters 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 downside of the novel are as follows 1 the book looks like a school textbook or manual because of its size minimizing its appeal to the readers although the cover art done by Francisco herself is really catchy 2 The codenames of the Shepherds are confusing 3 The book can be too trivial because Athena My Favorite Earthling (Otherworldly Men, explains the backgroundnicheweaknesses ofvery creature featured 4 I spotted uite a few grammatical Doglands errorstypos and the writing can be painstaking sometimes maybe because Francisco studiesd Law the language can be a hard pill to shallow 5 Pacing and transitions are very terrible too much words the writer could ve increased the tension and added actionfight seuences rather than have the characters relax and play chess 65 pages before the booknds 6 I was Riveted (Iron Seas, expecting too much action scenes for a dystopian literature stuffed with folkloric beings I mean there are action scenes but notnough to suffice the hype of the story 7 Creatures are all over the place ie aswangs batibat dewende An Officer and a Spy elves losing the novel s focus 8 And it took too long to get to its focus which is to confront Mamon and to battle Valarao 9 Andverything is just about the whiny main character Athena I m so full of her I think it s too late to discuss the love story Fates (Fates, element and some character backgrounds toward thend of the bookOn the brighter side what I like about Naermyth is the idea of conspiracy and self interest that the last of the human beings can push others down for power in the midst of their survival Mamon reminds me of Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter fat and comparable to a poisoned honeyFrancisco said in her official facebook page that Naermyth can xpand into a uartet but she is not willing to commit to it as of yet although the seuel has been rud to be out soon Nevertheless I look forward to book 2 If young Filipino readers have appreciated YA dystopian literature from best selling American authors like Suzanne Collins Cassandra Claire and Marie Lu surely they d consider such stories from local talents 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 nding 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 was xpectedGenerally 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.
Or the inclusion of a clumsily handled overwrought and OBaby entirely unnecessary romantic triangle subplot I get that this is another trope of the YA genre butvery time the action grinds to a halt for the sole purpose of having Aegis Dorian or River he s some guy don t ask talk about their feelings I wanted to curl up into a ball and never see the sun again And I don t want to spoil the story but let s just say that the fate of the world Nerds ends up hanging in the balance unless it is saved by The OneThere were interesting and pleasurablelements I like how certain Filipino supertitions are woven into the story and the sort of road trip to Pampanga s diwata controlled territories is Zack (Areion Fury MC easily the most interesting part of the novel If only the characters were given nuance and narrative realstate was freed of certain tired plot points the obvious amount of work that has gone into the research and worldbuilding would have shone through For me Naermyth was unconvincing from the get go and never uite managed to make me change my mind 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 Athena 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 Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, even lackingmotion sometimes but war does that to people I like many of the characters in this story like her brothers in arms Dorian and most ContamiNation especially River there is also theccentric 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 brave Taxi ins Glück enough to write this kind of popular genre in the filip When I was young my yaya have the power to create mythical creatures into real moving creatures by sharing stories and giving a week of 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 alreadyxperience 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 her 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 type 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 Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas 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 The Magic Rolling Pin 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 Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, 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 Not Without a Fight 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 Garden Bouquets and Beyond 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 Unseen Wonder 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 The Management Bible 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. 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.
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 re 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 Sleepless (Bird of Stone, 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 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 arning 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 good nough 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 diting an appeal capable of crossing Invisible (The Curse of Avalon ethnic 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 thextent 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 local xporter style She made use of our indigenous materials She used 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 lov 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 the aswang sigben and the manananggal Only pockets of surviving and resisting bands of humanity continue to xist including a fort in Manila that is protected by the so called ShepherdsThe Shepherds venture to the aswang infested territories of Manila to find surviving humans and lead them to relative safety One of the most fficient and competent aswang killers among this ragtag group is a girl that answers to the name Aegis One day she finds an unconscious man who is about to be attacked by aswangs and saves him only to find out that this man has absolutely no recollection that the Deep Listening end of the civilization has occurredSo far so good right I was initially interested in reading this book because of the premise A sustained novel of this genre from a Filipino author has been a long time coming I was ready toxperience some intricate worldbuilding a spunky heroine and copious amount of Filipino mythology thrown All reuisite boxes are checked However I found no pleasure in reading it because the first person point of view the dialogue and the plot twists struck me as utterly unconvincingThe arliest obstacle for me was the use of the 1st person POV We see the world from Aegis s yes and we are led to believe that her Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature experiences with death and violence has hardened her into a jaded person that keeps hermotions to herself And yet throughout the novel she nds up shouting at people and wordvomiting at the slightest provocation The strange connection that she feel with the man with the amnesia named Dorian is alluded to over and over again For someone who keeps her cards so close to the vest she sure talks a lotComparisons with The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins inevitably crop up Mind you I read the THG series a couple of months after Naermyth so my dislike doesn t stem from unfair xpectations I may have heaped upon Francisco s novel Collins managed to grip my attention from the very first chapter by using punchy language that smartly reveals Katniss s laconic personality and sustaining it for an Trajan entire trilogy This is uite a feat considering that FIRST PERSON NARRATIVES ARE HARD An untrustworthy narrator can destroy all the groundwork the writer has done and makes the story topple like a house of cards Naermyth illustrates this uite clearly It sasy to lose the tension because you already know what the most important person in the scene is thinking Making it work reuires judicious Bunnys Book Club Goes to School editing and making sound decisions on what to say and what to leave out Speaking of leaving things out all the characters are invariably given chewy mouthfuls ofxposition to advance the story There are The Peculiar Pig effective ways of conveying the details of a world Philip Pullman s The Golden Compass did this admirably and an inexpertly renderedxposition can destroy the promise of an interesting fantasy universeThese Cherry Ingram elements may have beenasy to overcome in my head if it wasn t Never were they myth in the first placeThe world The Mermaids Shoes 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.
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Karen Francisco graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University After a brief but very memorable stint in law school she finally pursued her love of the arts at the University of the Philippines with a second degree in Visual Communications Francisco started writing Naermyth while interning in a government office hoping an apocalypse would spice up