ARC Review: Evie and the Pack-Horse Librarians



SERIES: Standalone

REPRESENTATION: BIPOC Sapphic MC, ff relationship, disabled character, queer characters

GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Fantasy Western


EVIE AND THE PACK-HORSE LIBRARIANS is a short, light fantasy in a Western-style.

There were a lot of things I really liked about EVIE AND THE PACK-HORSE LIBRARIANS, from the world-building to the characters, and the biggest problem I had with it was that I wish it were longer. There were a lot of wonderful ideas I’d really like to have seen further developed.

I’d definitely read more from this author, and I hope that, someday, they might go back and either expand EVIE AND THE PACK-HORSE LIBRARIANS into a full-length novel, or expand the universe with other stories about Evie, Katalin, Lajos and the pack-horse librarians.

Things I loved:

* Evie’s book magic. We see just a brief hint of this, but I loved the idea of making books come alive and of Evie being able to use the skill both to entertain and to have an advantage as an editor.

* Katalin and Lajos. I just wanted to pick Lajos up and keep him in my pocket forever.

* The Librarians. Both as a dysfunctional, cobbled-together found family and as a plot point. I’d have loved to have seen more of them working and living together, more of them distributing books, and more of how the job as a whole works.

* The landscape. The rough, impoverished communities and the mountainous, American West setting.

EVIE AND THE PACK-HORSE LIBRARIANS is a lovely little novella and an enjoyable quick read, I just wanted more!

As an assistant editor at the prestigious Hanhat Publishers, Evie Southiel is entrusted with fine-tuning the manuscripts of the company’s most important authors. Her skills as a book witch allow her to manipulate the stories she reviews and bring them to life.

When her girlfriend steals the secret manuscript of Hanhat’s best-selling author and leaks it to the press, Evie is exiled to become a journey carrier with the Pack-Horse Librarians in the eastern mountains.

Timid city mouse Evie doesn’t know the first thing about surviving in the wilderness, riding a horse, or dealing with the rugged mountain folk and coal miners surrounding the town of Hevis. She does know books, though, and she’s determined to do the best job she can. But that goal is jeopardized when her horse gets spooked on her first solo run, sending her tumbling out of the saddle and into a mysterious woman’s life.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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