Carys Davies’ first novel, West, is a quick and gratifying read. At just over 150 pages long, the book reads like an olden-day tale. Her story flies through the seasons like a tumbleweed on a warm, gusty day.
Never does Davies drag out the story with flowery language or over-complicated plot. The author plucks each word, with purpose, as if from a dream. Never does the pace linger—it’s steadfast like the determination of Cy Bellman, a widower who seems to be on a fool’s errand. His quest: seeking to find the roaming, monstrous creatures whose massive and ancient bones were discovered in the wild, western frontier.
For Cy, the dizzying lure of the West keeps him moving farther away from home, from his daughter Bess. For the Shawnee youth leading and hunting for Cy, while on his long journey, the West has a darker pull—an inevitable, poignant end to a way of life. For his people. For his family.
I definitely, whole-heartedly, recommend this read.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest book review.