Title: Vampires of Portlandia
Author: Jason Tanamor
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy
Date of Publication: September 29, 2020
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. (Goodreads)
In terms of Philippines Folklore, I’m not gonna lie, it is very interesting. As a Filipino Citizen, I personally adore the mystique and historic cultures and traditions about the Philippine Myths. Vampires of Portlandia sets an example of our Myths. To the story goes around a Vampire family who relocates to Portland because of the government and faces challenges as they find their way home.
The story hits different stone to what I am expecting. I think I feel flat about this book, I am expecting on more about the story development and connections to the readers. I do like the own voice of a Filipino author in here. I guess this is my first novel with like immigrant-type and mythic-type of story and the ideas connecting to each of the pages.
Tanamor’s style of writing is exquisitely good. There were some tiny bits of areas in the book that didn’t catch my attention but the legality of the story and how it goes is a great shot for me. I know that there needs to be a huge impact of every book that represents one’s style of belief or myths and this one is a good example of a specific and on the spot book. I am very happy to be included in Tanamor’s world of Vampire-related stories and pretty much, I did like it.
Nonetheless, Vampires of Portlandia is a good representation of an international book that will hit your soft reader’s heart specially if you’re a Filipino like me. This is a great start for anyone aspiring to write and introduce our local myths to international environment.
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About the Author:
Jason Tanamor is an American author, writer, and entertainment interviewer. He also works as a contract specialist for the United States Department of Defense. His novels range in genre, from dark in nature to satirical and from young adult to children’s
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