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Silver on the Road (The Devil's West) (edizione 2016)

di Laura Anne Gilman (Autore)

Serie: The Devil's West (1)

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Inadvertently trained by the Devil to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, sixteen-year-old Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel circuit through his territory west of the Mississippi.
Utente:storyjunkie
Titolo:Silver on the Road (The Devil's West)
Autori:Laura Anne Gilman (Autore)
Info:Saga Press (2016), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
Collezioni:eBook, La tua biblioteca
Voto:*****
Etichette:speculative fiction, female protagonist

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Silver on the Road di Laura Anne Gilman

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    LongDogMom: Another fantasy western, although a bit more adult and graphic (includes homosexual sex scenes).
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    Devil's Tower di Mark Sumner (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Both are western fantasies with a similar style, and both are excellent reads.
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    Thirteenth Child di Patricia C. Wrede (Marissa_Doyle)
    Marissa_Doyle: Shares an alternate Old West with magic setting
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This book hits a dozen high notes for me. I enjoy the writing, the world building, the characters, and of course the horses and mule. If you like Westerns thick with magic, or just good epic storytelling on a local, familiar level this is for you. Delighted to have a new series to enjoy. ( )
  lclclauren | Sep 12, 2020 |
Honestly one of the best books I have read this year. This is the mythology of the West as it should have been told. Reminds me the most of Nikki Kiriki Hoffman, yet, not quite. ( )
  Tip44 | Jun 30, 2020 |
This is a review of the trilogy as a whole. It is an interesting alternate history/magical historical realism type tale that almost but doesn't completely deliver on its promises. But it delivers on enough of them that it is still well worth the read. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
The setting for this is the Weird West. The Devil is in charge of the Western territory and many people that live there under his protection have a deal with him. Izzy was left in the care of the devil as part of the deal her parents had with him when they left the territory. Working in the saloon under Marie his right hand and seeing the nature of many deals with the devil she decides on her sixteenth birthday to enter a deal with him herself. She doesn’t want the usual things that people want when approaching him about a deal. Instead she becomes his Left Hand, an agent to be seen out in the territory enforcing his will with the marshals and the residents. She is traveling with a stranger who has been offered a favor by the devil to show her the ropes of the road and he has a secret of his own.
I liked the story and the setting. The hazards of traveling by horseback blended in with the story and gave the story universe depth. I’ll be looking for the next one.

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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
A very young woman journeys through a magical West. Not altogether new any, but this is interesting, readable, and pretty different from what anyone else has done. I like this one more than most things I’ve read recently. ( )
  quondame | Dec 27, 2017 |
**** 4 out of 5 stars
Down at the Crossroads
Review by: Mark Palm

Of all of the myths of America, none seems to resonate like that of the West. Indigenous people have been in the Americas for eons when Europeans began to arrive in the Sixteenth Century, but the colonization of North America by the United States seems to be an everlasting symbol of this Nation, for good or ill. Historians and pundits all have their reasons, but I think it might have been because technology was there to document this history in nearly real-time. In Europe and the eastern U.S. people read penny dreadfuls of living characters in the West as they led their lives, like the first Reality television shows.

The West of Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman is very different, yet every bit as fascinating. East of the Mississippi lies the U.S., Spain is in the South and West, but The Territory belongs to the Devil, who lives in a saloon in a town called Flood. Isobel grew up in that saloon, working for the man called the Boss. No one knows who or what he is, just that he is powerful, and the Territory is under his protection.

After her indentured service ends on her sixteenth birthday, Isobel who had lived and worked at the saloon until it’s rhythms were second nature, decides to keep working for the Boss. So he sends her out on the Road, under the tutelage of the Rider, Gabriel, to be the Boss’s Left Hand, his emissary to all who live and travel in the Territory.

Ms. Gilman turns the land of the west alive in a unique and unusual way; here animals talk, demons walk, magicians are to be feared, and Silver holds a special power for all. The main story of Silver on the Road is a classic coming-of-age story, as the learned Gabriel shows Isobel the ways of the Road, as she slowly grows into her own, discovering her role and the magical power that comes with it. She must learn in a hurry, as well, because something evil is abroad in the land, and it is her job to discover what it is, and what she can do to stop it. A lot of that seems like a traditional heroic quest story, and there would be nothing at all wrong with that, because it is one of the oldest and most mythical archetypes for a reason, but Ms. Gilman has a lot more up her sleeve.

In this novel the land of the Territory is more than just a backdrop, but a living, breathing character. Her understanding and description of landscape and its impact on the story reminds me of the best work of writers like Barry Lopez, but here it’s a work of fiction, which makes it more of a feat.

Isobel is also a great character, and she more than holds her own with the land. Her mentor, Gabriel is solid, and the wizard, Farron, is captivating in a small but juicy role. The pace of the novel is measured, but I thought it very appropriate. Silver on the Road is set in a world full of magic and mysteries, and coming to learn it is not a quick or easy process. As Isobel and Gabriel travel horseback across the land, the story unfolds, bit by bit, and if it may seem a bit slow at times, the breadth and wealth of detail that Ms. Gilman packs into each scene more than makes up for it. When the big scenes take place, such as when the two discover a mysteriously abandoned town, the effects hold much more power that if we were being buffeted by non-stop action. Silver on the Road is both down to earth and wonderfully strange, and takes an old setting and turns it on it’s head to wonderful effect. When the next installment comes out, I’d like to read it by a campfire. That would be perfect.

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