Book Review: The Devil’s Standoff (The Devil’s Revolver Book 2) by V.S. McGrath

 
 
Hettie and her posse managed to escape after all the trouble they got into, but they're still on the run, and they still need to get her mage gun back to its creator so that he can break the bond and unmake the gun. They head to a village in Mexico, but between sorcerers, chupacabras, and everyone who's still after them, things might be more difficult than they anticipated.

Book Review: The Devil's Standoff (The Devil's Revolver Book 2) by V.S. McGrath | reading, books, book reviews, fantasy, paranormal/urban fantasy, western
Title: The Devil's Standoff
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Book Number: Book 2
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This series is a wonderfully unique blend of western gunslinging and magic. It’s so much fun seeing the alternate version of our world this author has created and how magic has impacted society and people’s ways of life.

This sequel was rather different from the first book since it took place mostly in a village in Mexico rather than the American Frontier. While it did slow down the pace and give the plot somewhat of a meandering feel, it was neat getting to see how this little, close-knit, fairly isolated community worked, and it kept things fresh by and giving Hettie different sorts of problems to deal with instead of more running and chasing. It also let the reader learn more about this fictional world and brought some new characters into the story.

Speaking of the characters, both the old and the new were three-dimensional and imperfect. A lot of them made mistakes. Some of them tried to atone for those mistakes as best as they could. Hettie frustrated me with a few questionable decisions she made, but she was still a brave, headstrong heroine who prioritized her sister’s safety above all else, which was admirable, and who was willing to put herself at risk to help others. Walker went through some struggles but also some growth. Uncle was his usual gruff-but-caring-in-his-own-way self. Ling was trying to do what was best, even if he wasn’t always sure what “best” was. Raul, a new character, could be overbearing, but he cared about his village. Even Hettie’s gun had a bit more personality this time, which I thought was interesting.

Another thing I liked were all the surprises and small twists! I also found the whole story to be pretty unpredictable. I was never sure what would happen next, how certain relationships would turn out, or what different characters might do. I like being kept on my toes, unable to predict the outcomes of everything.

Overall, this was another enjoyable, well-written book in this magic-filled western series!

 
 
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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.

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  1. Jessica

    I want to read this book series badly. But sadly this author is not on Overdrive, but I may buy the book later. Yes. In the stand-alone book of the Dark Tower series I finished reading yesterday, it had some surprises in it. In one of the stories Roland told, I was certain that boy was the shapeshifter, but I was wrong.