- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Brain Mill Press (April 2 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1948559013
- ISBN-13: 978-1948559010
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #900,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Devil's Standoff Paperback – Apr 2 2018
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"The feminist western you've been waiting for: The Devil's Revolver has heart and grit. A terrific genre-crossing tale with a deft touch of the macabre."
--Donna Thorland, author of The Turncoat, writer on the TV series Salem and the upcoming Netflix series Sabrina
"A fantastically readable female-focused story . . . A really terrific riff on the Western, told with huge verve."
--KJ Charles, author of the Charm of Magpies series
"Features vivacious characters with tricks up their sleeves."
"Immensely readable, gritty, and sharp as a spur rowel, The Devil's Revolver is a western with a twist."
--Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of the Julia Grey novels
"An exhilarating ride through a unique world, The Devil's Revolver pulls you in and doesn't let you go. Hettie casts a spell on you that's sure to keep you turning the pages."
--Christine D'Abo, author of the Bounty series
"The Devil's Revolver is a riveting ride that mixes the grit of Westerns with the world of magic. McGrath loads this fantastic story with action, suspense, adventure and unforgettable characters. You'll definitely want to pull the trigger."
About the Author
V. S. McGrath is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Metro Toronto, Torontoist, Inside Toronto, and Canada.com. The Devil’s Revolver is her debut young adult fantasy. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, or her websites: vsmcgrath.com and vickiessex.com. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
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The world of a magic infused Old West is richer with more of what made the first outing such a blast - new types of magic, more demons & monsters, new nefarious villians - but still rooted in a strong central character with heart & guys to spare.
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I absolutely adored the first book in this series, it was an action adventure western with a magical twist. In the second instalment we continue to follow Hettie Alabama and company as she tries to dispose of the devil’s revolver, a gun which ages her a year every time she takes a life using it. But, as her journey continues and takes her to Mexico, her problems just seem to be getting more complicated.
So far this series has got to me one of my favourite discoveries of 2018, which surprises me as I am not normally a fan of young adult books. However, V.S. McGrath has got me hooked on her gritty magical western which follows our heroine Hettie as she saves her sister and ending up bound to a cursed gun along the way.
In The Devil’s Standoff we watch as Hettie encounters different types of problems. She is no longer on the run, she’s now laying low and hiding. Hettie has saved her sister Abbie, at great personal cost, she now has to deal with her…peculiarities and see the dark changes that Abbie’s time being held captive have wrought. As well as this she has to deal with the people in a close knit village. What I liked about this book was that although the pace was a lot slower, it gave the reader a chance to get to know the world and magic in more depth.
Another aspect of this book and so far this series I have enjoyed is the way McGrath portrays her characters. They aren’t perfect. They make some questionable decisions. They are completely flawed, there’s no exemplary hero or heroine always doing the right thing. The world is too complicated and brutal for that and I really like that McGrath gets that across. It makes the characters come to life in a way that a perfect hero or heroine wouldn’t. The characters relationship with each other is also interesting. This isn’t really a romance but I do like the obvious connection that Walker and Hettie have and their own reaction to the almost budding thing between them. It will be interesting to see if that goes further.
There are so many interesting twists and turns in this book, which I won’t go into as I don’t want to spoil. But it has made me really eager to get my hands on the next book. I love that this book is unpredictable, it keeps you on your toes and I can’t wait to find out what Hettie, Abbie, Walker, Ling, Uncle and the rest will do next.
This series is a wonderfully unique blend of western gunslinging and magic. It’s so much fun seeing the alternate version of our world this author has created and how magic has impacted society and people’s ways of life.
This sequel was rather different from the first book since it took place mostly in a village in Mexico rather than the American Frontier. While it did slow down the pace and give the plot somewhat of a meandering feel, it was neat getting to see how this little, close-knit, fairly isolated community worked, and it kept things fresh by and giving Hettie different sorts of problems to deal with instead of more running and chasing. It also let the reader learn more about this fictional world and brought some new characters into the story.
Speaking of the characters, both the old and the new were three-dimensional and imperfect. A lot of them made mistakes. Some of them tried to atone for those mistakes as best as they could. Hettie frustrated me with a few questionable decisions she made, but she was still a brave, headstrong heroine who prioritized her sister’s safety above all else, which was admirable, and who was willing to put herself at risk to help others. Walker went through some struggles but also some growth. Uncle was his usual gruff-but-caring-in-his-own-way self. Ling was trying to do what was best, even if he wasn’t always sure what “best” was. Raul, a new character, could be overbearing, but he cared about his village. Even Hettie’s gun had a bit more personality this time, which I thought was interesting.
Another thing I liked were all the surprises and small twists! I also found the whole story to be pretty unpredictable. I was never sure what would happen next, how certain relationships would turn out, or what different characters might do. I like being kept on my toes, unable to predict the outcomes of everything.
Overall, this was another enjoyable, well-written book in this magic-filled western series!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight (link in profile)