*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.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: The Devil’s Revolver (The Devil’s Revolver Book 1) by V.S. McGrath
Book Review: The Devil’s Standoff (The Devil’s Revolver Book 2) by V.S. McGrath
Book Review: The Devil’s Pact (The Devil’s Revolver Book 3) by V.S. McGrath
Hold on to your hats — the Devil’s Revolver series is back with an evil twin, deep magic, zombies, menacing grand balls, a train heist, hand-to-hand high-stakes battles, and two sisters who have grown in their power to face and fight the end of the Weird West.
If Hettie Alabama could do what she was told and stand down . . . she might not anyway. Especially when the letters her sister sends from her place of hiding don’t seem quite right, and Hettie’s posse is tying her hands tighter by the day. She’s itching to take the safety off her cursed mage gun, the Devil’s Revolver, and walk through the fire to end the reign of evil that’s choking the magic out of the West—not to mention save her sister once and for all.
The only problem? Hettie’s name is in the headlines and on every wanted poster in the nation—but she’s not the one robbing banks and killing innocents, even if the pictures look just like her. She’s up to her chin in high-necked gowns and beauty glamors, charged with fulfilling her word to the influential Favreau family of New Orleans, even as it becomes increasingly clear that they want only to consolidate the world’s waning magic in the hands of the rich and powerful. The politics get more personal as the most loyal of Hettie’s gang uncover the threat of an immoderate technology that steals magic from the unwitting innocent and transfers it to the nefarious elite.
Hettie has no choice but to go rogue, and when she drops a black hat over her brow, the Devil’s Revolver’s trigger glows hot. The Devil’s Pact stampedes from San Francisco’s Chinatown tongs through the glittering high society of Chicago to the hidden swamps of the Deep South in its search for truth, genuine justice, and an end to a world that refuses to recognize the power and change wrought by girls.
Book Author: V.S. McGrath
Publisher: Brain Mill Press
Series: The Devil's Revolver
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Western, Young Adult
My Book Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series