Wake of Vultures

Wake of Vultures

Book - 2015
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"A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see. But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin ... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316264310
Branch Call Number: FIC BOWEN L

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Feb 15, 2017

In my view this is definitely a YA, not Adult, speculative fiction. I am not a fan of westerns and this is predominately of that genre. I would recommend it to a younger readership and those who have no objections to wild west settings sprinkled with many "hell's fire", "ain't's" and the like. In this respect it is reminiscent of Mark Twain in the use of dialect. It is also didactic and not subtle in its support of diversity. Even though I agree with the author's views in this matter, she annoyed me with her heavy-handed approach. The final battle with the monster should have been longer and more intense; it is given short shrift after such a long build-up. I am giving it 3 stars - for the right reader, it will be enjoyable and they will want to find out how Nettie's journey continues in book 2.

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Kyanite
Jan 17, 2017

A decent story, but it's the characters that really shine here. The protagonist and most of the supporting cast are really interesting, if not always likeable.

I'm not sure what prompted this to be classed under adult fiction rather than YA, but I'd recommend it for either audience.

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ScorchingSun
Sep 10, 2016

A steely-willed heroine living in a world of hidden monsters and burdened by a harsh life and a harsher destiny.
Full of heart, action and often wacky dark humour.

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ssmartin7
Aug 10, 2016

The originality of the story and the compelling heroine makes this one of my favorites recent reads. The setting is in an alternate reality 1870s Texas/Mexico borderlands (in the book called Azteca). The story of the young woman involves many complex themes such as gender identity, racism, sexism and spirituality but all of it is blended into an amazing story that is both profound and hilarious. I can't recommend it enough.

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