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5+ stars for Smoke and Other Storms by J.L. Delavega #weirdwestern #westernadventure #bookreview
Title: Smoke and Other Storms (The Revere Trilogy #1)
Author: J.L. Delavega
Genre: Weird Western, Western Fantasy Adventure
Welcome to the Rim.
Come seek your fortune in a paradise of endless sun. Land is cheap and the possibilities endless, where the edge of the map meets the end.
The mining campaigns always forget a few details. Moon Season makes storms volatile. You’re more likely to be killed by your neighbor than strike a crystal vein, and there’s only one name you should bother knowing around here: Revere.
Moira and her granddaughter Adelaide are professionals. Smugglers, thieves, and arms dealers, the Revere women have lifted their family business from the dust, and with their train they’ve become the most notorious gang in the territory.
After an accident damages her sister’s eyes, Adelaide finds an opportunity that will not only pay for a sight-saving operation but pull the family from the shadows of the back market for good. Accompanied by her sisters, Adelaide guides a survey crew into the uncharted West Rim –a poisonous desert concealing untapped riches– with the full intent to claim the fortune for themselves.
But when Moira learns a bounty has been placed on the family, she discovers a deeper plan already in motion that will change the Rim forever.
A book that is perfect for Women's History Month. This book should be celebrated in the placing of a family of women front and center. These women take no prisoners (almost literally) and are big enough to face nearly every challenge with just their own ingenuity.
I have had the pleasure of reading Bram Stoker, James Michener and Herman Wouk. This work belongs on a shelf with those classics. This author is a wordsmith. The dialogue is so fresh and incredible, it is jaw dropping in its magnificence. There are not one or two memorable lines. The memorable lines are innumerable. It has not been but a couple of days of reading and I now concern myself if something might go sideways. This book simply seeps into your pores. More akin to a symphony, this book is a work of art and worthy of being bought by everyone with eyes.
That this is the first book of a trilogy makes this a must read as well as the next book in this saga. A reader quickly gets addicted to Adelaide and she becomes the focal point of interest. What will the next book bring for our heroine?
Recommended for every fan of western fantasy will love this. Fans of women's action western will have to get this book. Truly a book that has to be read to be understood how good it is.
My Rating: 5+ stars
Buy it Now:
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J.L. Delavega is the dark fantasy author of SMOKE AND OTHER STORMS, book one in the Revere Trilogy.
Raised in the woods, she learned how to build a campfire, not play sports, and wrote about talking cats, pioneers, cursed caves, gold robbers, superhumans, and other mysteries. They were not good. She also doesn’t remember learning how to read, so it is possible she was born with that ability.
Her soul belongs to the desert, mountains, and cats. When not writing she makes other stuff like historical clothing and believes Victorian era fashion should absolutely make a comeback, as long as sweatpants still exist. She loves the smell of hot pines and vowel sounds, which are the most interesting part of language.
Social Media Links:
-Website: Home | J.L. Delavega (jldelavega.com)
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Reviewed by: Mr. N