Saturday, 3 March 2018


Published: 2017 by Brain Mill Press LLC
Pages: 323.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / historical / Western
Triggers/Content Advisory: Strong violence / crude language / sexual innuendo
Format: eBook.
Source: Netgalley.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.

This is such a great book. The writing is excellent, the plot is packed with action, intrigue, and twists, and the world is fascinating; it's the Wild West with a fantasy twist, and although I think I would've preferred it if it was the Wild West without the magic, the world building is still strong and well nuanced.

The cast of characters are awesome. There's Ling, the Chinese friend of Hettie's, there's Walker, the bounty hunter, there's Uncle, Hettie's family friend, and there's Sophie, Jemma, Abby, and a ton more compelling people. They're all so vivid and human. I also love the strong emphasis on family and friendship.

Hettie is a terrific heroine. She's capable, resourceful, incredibly proactive, and I absolutely adore the fact that she saves the guys so many times. It's great. And she's also such a naturally feminist female character; she's a brilliant shot with a gun and she frequently outsmarts and outdoes the guys, she doesn't always do what they say, she's her own boss through and through, but the attitude isn't preachy or forced. She's simply capable. She's simply confident within herself. That's who she is. I love it.

Published: April 2018 - Brain Mill Press
Pages: 360.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / historical / Western
Triggers/Content Advisory: Strong violence and gore / disturbing grisly descriptions
Format: eBook.
Source: Netgalley.

Welcome to the birthplace of the Devil’s Revolver, where magic is draining from the land and untold danger lurks for our truly unforgettable gunslinger heroine, Hettie Alabama. The second book in the Devil's Revolver series follows Hettie and her crew south of the Wall into Mexico, where they must unmake the Devil's Revolver while confronting a magic- and land-hungry army and a monster from hell drawn to the infernal powers of Hettie's mage gun.

This duology is truly amazing. Look no further if you want an action-packed, extremely well written, very emotional, adventure.

I love this book. The characters have so much depth, the new characters we're introduced to are all so vivid and layered, and the plot is twisty, action-packed, thrilling, and intelligent. There is romance (which was nonexistent in the first book) but it's always in the background and - tiny spoiler alert - it doesn't actually end up going anywhere.

The women of this series are amazing. There's so many of them, they're treated as equals, and they're all such badasses. It's awesome. The relationships between everyone (especially the sisterly bond between Abby and Hettie) are also so dynamic and compelling. I particularly love Uncle's gruff but fierce love for the Alabama girls; it's so sweet to see how although he thinks of them as daughters, his personality won't let him show it in obvious ways.  It's so endearing.


Hope you liked these reviews! Have you read or heard of these books? What do you think of them? 

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