Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland
This is not my usual genre. I like fantasy, but usually not the Eurocentric, fairytale princess sword-fighting on horseback kind. However, the story itself is well-written. It’s clear that Weiland worked hard to create well-rounded characters. She succeeded in that, but there were times when I felt like the character development was contrived, like she was hitting us over the head with, “This person is like this.” But, overall, I was entertained and I wanted to keep reading.
Given that her fantasy world is based on a long-standing tradition of what fantasy should look like, it’s also surprisingly creative. I won’t go into the details of her world because that would mean spoilers.
Finally, the way she describes horseback riding reads like she is knowledgeable about the subject. I don’t know anything about it myself, but her horse and rider scenes had a confidence and precision that comes when someone truly knows what they’re talking about.