Silver on the Road (The Devils West, #1)

Silver on the Road (The Devils West, book 1)

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Kindle Edition, Pages: 400

Genres: Fantasy, Westerns, Historical, Historical Fiction

Language: English

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Silver on the Road (The Devils West, book 1)
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A heroic fantasy by an award-winning author about a young woman who is trained in the art of the sinister hand of magic, but at what price?

On her sixteenth birthday, Isobel makes the choice to work for the devil in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being who deals fairly with immense—but not unlimited—power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and makes sure they always get what they deserve. But his land is a wild west that needs a human touch, and that’s where Izzy comes in. Inadvertently trained by him to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel the circuitous road through the territory. As we all know, where there is magic there is power and chaos…and death.

Reader Reviews
  •    Zulujora Jacope
    2020
    3.5 stars. Spare, lovely writing, and an intriguing setting, but an extremely slow story without much resolution.
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  •    Nit Fineis
    2020
    Fantastic book! 5 stars because I started this book and was not swayed to start any of the other books in my massive to read piles. These days, a book that keeps my interest away from all of the other shiny pretty things on my kindle gets highest marks.

    Western fantasy set in the Devil's West, a strange, mystical place claimed by the Old Man, the boss, the maker of deals, gambler. The world is really interesting, a mystical place set between the northern fur trappers, the fledgling United States, and Nueva Espana. I really love alternate history and western fantasy, so I was excited to start this.

    Izzy grew up in the Devil's house, sold as an indentured servant by her parents. Our story starts on her 16th birthday, her terms of servitude complete. She has some choices to make. These choices will shape her entire life, and in hindisght, we all know that at 16 none of us were really all that good at making choices. I like how the book touches on this.

    There's a lot going on here, a journey of a girl from childhood to adulthood, a literal journey through the territory as she comes to learn about her bargain to become the Devil's Hand, a mystery with a malignant force causing havoc in the territory. Although there is a teen protagonist, this is not YA. I would absolutely give it to a teen reader interested in fantasy, but it is not YA.

    No romance, lots of worldbuilding but did not feel like infodumping, even when Izzy is being mentored.

    Still lots of mysteries to explore. I will be getting book 2.
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