The Old West and fantasy meet in Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen. The work is gritty and fantastical, while discussing issues that women, people of color, and the LGBT community face in this historical setting. The main character, Nettie Lonesome, grows dramatically from her start as a slave in the Old West and fights her way to become a cowhand at a local ranch before even more adventure is thrust upon her. The suspense keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as Nettie continues her adventure and learns more about who and what she is.
The rich mythology of the world of Wake of Vultures draws from Native American and European folklore to create a version of the old west that is both beautiful and dangerous.
There is a sequel in the works, but Wake of Vultures ties its plot threads together nicely, allowing the readers to finish the book wanting more, but without feeling like they have been left with a cliffhanger.
RATING: * * * * Very, very good
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Reviewed by: Anne F