Over The Hills Of Green

Fiction - General
310 Pages
Reviewed on 11/09/2019
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Author Biography

E. V. Svetova is a life-long New Yorker, who studied psychology as an undergrad and received her Master’s in humanities from NYU. Her creative nonfiction was published in Anamesa and Ancient Paths; her young adult book, the first in The Green Hills trilogy, is a gold medalist of the Independent Publisher Book Awards. E. V. Svetova lives at the edge of the last natural forest on the island of Manhattan with her husband, a digital artist, sharing their old apartment with an ever-expanding library and a spoiled English bulldog.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Over The Hills Of Green is a work of magical realism and fantasy fiction penned by author E. V. Svetova. Written as the second novel in The Green Hills Trilogy, this enchanting modern-day novel is set in New York, at a hospital where psychologist Anna Reilly is about to take on the case of her life. Enter the mysterious John Doe, an androgynous figure with enchantment all around him. But does John come from another world entirely, or is he simply a product of his own mind’s illness? Anna soon becomes desperate to know, and the closer she gets to John’s reality, the further she seems to slip from her own.

Author E. V. Svetova brings magical realism and speculative fiction fully into the contemporary fiction world with this deep and emotive work that explores gender, sexuality and the ties which hold us to reality, all whilst delivering a really excellent fantasy fiction plot. The New York setting and Anna’s behavior ground us in firm reality with some excellent narration, establishing the proposed rules of the book so that Svetova can knock them down again when Anna’s breakdown begins. The spiraling wordplay creates a lucid atmosphere, but the plot structure is firm and confident, so even if you don’t know where you’re headed, you feel comfortable as a reader to keep going with the ride. What results is a superb mystery enmeshed with the psychological plot, making Over The Hills Of Green an essential read for speculative and magical realism fans looking for something totally fresh and new.


I enjoyed the prequel of this book very much, partially because of the stunning illustrations. Anna’s story in the sequel is much more mature in terms of style and subject matter comparing to her adventure as a teenager. It feels more substantial and quite dramatic. One moment in particular was almost too dramatic. The twists and turns of the plot never stopped surprising me, consistently playing with my expectations. The resolution is quite satisfying. It left me with an almost physical feeling of comfort. The writing is elegant and poetic, with many genuinely funny moments. There is a cinematic aspect to the writing.

Now, after I’ve read the second book in the series, the universe of the Wyssuns and the Alva makes complete sense, except now I’m more intrigued about Yaret’s origins than before.