The Willow Wolf West
THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST 20 something or 30 chapters, based on the amount of chapters posted at the time of me needing to write this!
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While it’s not typically a novel I would have chosen to read on my own, I went into it with the promise (to myself) that I would keep an open mind. When I first began reading I was flip-flopping back and forth between being intrigued and confused.
If you’re like me and love things that have historical fiction roots in it, I think you should definitely give this a chance! Immediately we are jumping in to the time period around the Civil War (I would guess) because it’s when the military were still “fighting” Native Americans. Now, I do really enjoy novels heavy in historical facts and scenes, and I do understand the difficulty and staying conscious of the fact. But when you’re writing a novel which is heavily set in a historical setting, it’s important to me for the writer to stay conscious of that fact while they’re writing and there were instances the dialogue didn’t match the time period it was set in. Off the top of my head, there was one instance where they mentioned “hot women”. Now, granted I had to look it up to know my exactly when women began being termed “hot”… but I knew it wasn’t proper dialogue for the time period. (Btw, women weren’t termed “hot” until around the year or 1926). It’s kind of nitpicking, but it’s certain things I personally notice and can’t get past.
I loved the descriptions this author wrote! He has such a unique way of describing scenes which meant I could see what he was describing. But I was a bit confused about the flow of everything. I, personally, think the beginning confusion may be helped thinking of chapter one as more of a prologue. It’s just my opinion but I feel like there is a thin line between waiting to connect aspects or the story and being too vague which causes confusion to the readers. But that’s just my opinion! Additionally, the chapters in different POV’s at times seems to be confusing. Now, I love books with different POVs (I currently am writing one with 4), but I feel like it may help to rethink who you would consider certain POVs some chapters are written in (like if it says Sam but doesn’t really show much of Sam, is it really Sam?). Or maybe even making it fewer changing POVs. Ultimately, the writer should always do what they want and this is still a first draft.
If you enjoy some Civil War era, Wild West vibes with tough outlaws, schemers, and criminal elements, you should definitely check it out! This novel has some amazing potential! There are awesome descriptions and some written sentences that when reading I took second glances at because the author was a true wordsmith, who is great at developing each chapter visually and with tension. Just pull up your bootstraps and hold onto the saddle! It’ll take a way to get into!