Silver on the Road

Saga: S. & S. (Devil's West, Bk. 1). Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781481429689. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481429702. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarIsobel has an important decision to make on her 16th birthday: stay in the service of the devil, or leave the territory and find a different life. Deciding to continue working for her boss, she doesn't realize that he will send her on the road to learn her trade. He wants Izzy to be his eyes and ears and his instrument of justice in the region. She will set off on her journey with a strange rider named Gabriel, who has made his own bargain with the devil in return for training Izzy.
VERDICT This dark fantasy/horror work from the author of the "Vineart War" trilogy reimagines early 19th-century America as divided between the states in the East, Spain in the far West, and a region in the middle ruled by a man everyone calls the devil, whose magic keeps the peace. The pacing is slow, but the characters and setting keep the interest of fans of atmospheric, strange Wild West stories.
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