The epic fantasy world of Eburosi deepens, along with the relationship between Carivel, Senovo, and Andoc, in this second installment of The Horse Mistress. Many of the quibbles I had about the first book are addressed here, such as external conflicts that stand in the way of their relationship and more extensive world-building.
Along with learning more about horse care, which never feels like an info dump, Steffan also includes a fantastic look at the religion she has created for this world. It is not “perfect” by any means, but it works perfectly to support the environment she has created for her characters. I also appreciated that this book builds on Carivel’s character development while also extending to Senovo. Andoc continues to be a rock for both of them in a way that is loving and supportive.
Issues taking place in the broader world beyond their village are also developed, and Steffan doesn’t shy away from realism even when it’s not pretty. I also appreciate authors who take the time to explore how characters don’t just bounce back from tragedy the moment they are rescued.
I’m falling deeper in love with this world and these characters, and I can’t wait to read more.