Book 1 of The Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse
Alexia writes novels about magic, adventure, and romance. She lives in Florida with her son and a menagerie of animals. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found playing with horses, drinking wine, traveling to the next place on her global wish list, or maybe doing yoga. Dr. Who, unicorns, and katanas make her very happy.
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Not much goes on in the town of Hawk’s Hollow outside the annual fair. Willow intends to shake things up by being the first woman to win the long distance race. Dynah, a shoe in for the Rodeo Queen of the fair, butts heads with her half-sister, Penelope, as she seeks answers regarding her native american roots and origins. Felicity, a musical virtuoso, struggles under the immense pressure her mother puts on her to fit in and be respectable as the town’s only black family. But however quiet this town of Hawk’s Hollow is, a bolt of lightning bringing together these four women is about to make things a whole lot of loud.
Ok, let me ask this: Are you ready for a series about magic, the west, steampunk, and amazing leading ladies? Great, this is your series then. If you don’t enjoy complex stories of women in patriarchal societies navigating different cross sections of identity, sex, and race…well, I’m afraid I can’t help you there, and neither can Chamberlynn. A War of Daisies reads like a western and is structured like a high fantasy epic. The author unapologetically shows the darker, racist, misogynistic side of the old west, giving us a leading cast of women that provides expertly woven, multipolar character arcs.
Silence and acquiescence were [Penelope’s] false gods no longer…
Out here Willow knew no boundaries; Hawk’s Hollow was a dot on a map that held no power over her. Out here, she was the sky.
While the thematic elements of the book are definitely to be applauded, especially in the current, salient political and social climate, Chamberlynn accomplishes well in other areas of her writing as well. The book reads with an easy, structured pace; her characters make choices that push the story forward in relatable and believable ways; and the attention to detail in descriptions and scenes.
In conclusion, Chamberlynn has gotten her series, The Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse, off to a gallup, and, based on the characters and stylistic choices of the author, I am confident in saying it’s got the legs to keep readers happy for 3 more books.
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