YA needs more Westerns, because this was fun. Actually, it was more of a bloody shoot ‘em up story full of hardship and revenge. Fun makes it sound cute, which it is not. This novel is historical with a rich setting.
The author even writes period dialect for the main character in a way that’s successful, convincing, and not a distraction, which is a challenge most people don’t succeed at. I was worried at first but settled in fast.
I was happy to hear there would be a companion novel, because it’s a nice change of pace for YA. It goes to show that genres go through ups and downs, in terms of popularity and availability, and I’m glad to see Westerns reemerging in YA. (WALK THE EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson is another great example of a historical novel with a Western flair, and a paranormal twist)
Also, I adore the cover of this book.