Tonight, I was closing the tasting room alone, after dark, and our last (male) customer was lingering. He seemed like a perfectly ok guy, but something was making me slightly twitchy. So I texted a local friend to say “hey, can you call me at this time (when I would be walking to the bus stop), just in case?”
Local (female) friend shows up at close. With a baseball bat.
(the bat was in the car, not carried in. But it, and she, were there without my needing to ask)
I felt slightly silly. OTOH, my spidey danger-sense rarely tingles. I listen when it does.I wish you all such friends, every night.
As 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: [spoilers redacted]. 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.