Beyond the Plains by Travis Bughi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fantasy meets the old west...
Coming of age in a mythical world has it's own challenges. Sixteen year old Emily Stout lives with her family on their farm in the Great Plains. The harsh environment lends itself to a hard life. Although similar to the old west, these Great Plains are roamed by behemoths and banshees. The dangers and toils of this desolate land are compounded by the monotony, and Emily dreams of one day escaping to find adventure beyond the plains.
Over the course of events, Emily grows from a flighty and naive farm girl into a strong and courageous young woman. I also love the way old west meets fantasy. Unicorns are used as draft horses, gunslingers sell their services to take down massive behemoths, and minotaurs are much sought after as hired hands.
Beyond the Plains (World of Myth #1) is number one in a series but I found it enjoyable as a standalone, featuring a complete plot line and resolution within the larger scheme of things and left me looking forward to the next installment. On the other hand, the story starts off a little slowly.
Overall, I really liked the characters, the creatures, and the world. I recommend this book to people who like fantasy coming of age books and adventure.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
Note of review update (July 20, 2013): I am pleased to note that after seeing my original review (posted May 3, 2013) the author accepted my offer of editorial/proofreading notes and incorporated many of them into a later edition. I have adjusted my original review as I know that many of the things I noted the first time through have been addressed. I have not adjusted my write up on the story itself or my rating.
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