*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
This was the most gripping book so far in this feminist Weird West series!
The whole series has had a lot of inclusivity/diversity, but this book especially so. Almost every character was female, POC, and/or LGBT+, and that’s something you don’t find often, especially not in westerns.
I already liked all the characters, but they seemed to have even more nuance and personality this time, and I think I connected to them more. They’re quite the motley crew, and I care about what happens to them.
We got multiple POVs in the last book, and I didn’t really care for that, but this time it was just Hettie’s and Ling’s, and I enjoyed Ling’s a lot more. I think it felt more necessary this time, and it was more interesting.
Hettie’s relationship with the titular devil’s revolver was stronger and even more interesting this time. I think it was Uncle who said she treated it kind of like a pet, and he was right. It’s this deadly, sentient mage gun that never misses and takes a year off Hettie’s life every time she kills someone with it, and yet, she sought comfort from it at times, and she’s come to rely on it.
As usual, the world was interesting as well with it’s combination of Old West and magic. I love seeing how both affect the story and how magic has affected the world the characters live in.
Last but not least, as I said, I found this book to be the most gripping one yet. I think it might’ve been a little faster-paced, or maybe it had higher stakes and more intensity.
Overall, this was another great book in a series that I’m really enjoying with lots of diversity, a motley crew of characters, and a magic-filled Old West setting!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in V.S. McGrath's The Devil's Revolver series. Anyone who likes the Old West, magic, headstrong heroines, and motley crews.