Review: The Horse Mistress: Book 2 (Eburosi Chronicles #2) by R.A. Steffan

Horse Mistress 2The 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.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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