An Easy Death

Saga: S. & S. (Gunnie Rose, Bk. 1). Oct. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781481494922. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481494946. FANTASY
Lizbeth Rose is a 19-year-old gunslinger in the dystopia that remains after the U.S. government falls apart and the nation is divided up by conquerors. Living in the southwestern country of Texoma, she guides families seeking asylum between the newly expanded Mexico and New America to the north. When her renegade cohorts are killed by bandits in a run, Lizbeth must seek new employment to keep herself fed and alive. She ends up doing the one thing she always swore she wouldn't: aligning herself with the Grigoris, magicians from the Holy Russian Empire, who are on a quest to save their tsar. Little do the Grigoris know that Lizbeth is harboring a secret that could change the trajectory of their mission.
VERDICT Best-selling author Harris's ("Sookie Stackhouse" and "Midnight Crossroad" series) latest thriller combines the supernatural elements she's known for with a dose of Western flair. It's a slow starter but an intriguing genre blend resulting in a mostly seamless read. Her fans won't be disappointed.
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