The Cold Eye

Saga. (Devil's West, Bk. 2). Jan. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781481429719. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481429733. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarAs the Devil's Left Hand, Isobel serves as his eyes and ears across the land. Wandering the western edges of his territory, she is called to a place where everything has gone wrong: dead buffalo stripped of their hides; an area that is unsettled, literally. With her mentor Gabriel, Isobel investigates the cause of these natural disasters. They soon uncover a growing danger that threatens the entire region. Adding to their problems is an encounter with explorers sent by the U.S. president. It will take all of the knowledge and magical power at Isobel's disposal to keep herself and Gabriel safe—along with the rest of the territory.
VERDICT Gilman's sequel to Silver on the Road continues a fabulous coming-of-age tale of magic and power, set in a conflict-ridden alternative Wild West so vividly evoked that readers will be saddling up to ride along. [See Prepub Alert, 8/1/16.]
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