Dead Country

Tor.com. (The Craft Wars, Bk. 1). Mar. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780765395917. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
Tara Abernathy has counseled gods and faced down monsters. She walked away from her tiny, dusty hometown of Edgemont to learn her Craft, but now she must go back and face her past—and the death of her father. On the way, Tara saves a teenager from Raiders, curse-ridden bandits who hide in the Badlands. When the teen, Dawn, reveals her own powerful, untrained Craft, Tara sees her vulnerable self from years ago. Closer to home, Tara attempts to help Edgemont strengthen its wards and fend off Raiders, led by the Seer, the malignant dark force that killed her father. When the pastor who anchors Edgemont’s shields is taken, Tara and Dawn travel to save him, yet the cost may be too high. Swift action sequences and chilling monsters create a tight novel that will engage readers, who will love learning more about incredible Craftswoman Tara.
VERDICT Gladstone (Ruin of Angels) launches a new series that will end his Craft saga (begun with the “Craft Sequence” series). This will not only be relished by fans of the previous books but might also make a terrific starting point for new readers.
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