Review by Booklist Review
Let's get this out of the way right up front: if you haven't read the first two books in Bowen's Shadow series, Wake of Vultures (2015) and Conspiracy of Ravens (2016), you'll probably have a rough time figuring out what's going on here. On the other hand, if you are familiar with this fantasy series set in the American Wild West, then here's what you need to know about the third book: shape-shifter Rhett Walker's Shadow, an unwelcome twinge in his belly that tells him where evil lurks, is telling him to head west even though Bernard Trevisan, the alchemist and necromancer who's building a railway to the coast and who is currently inhabiting the body of a young girl, is most definitely heading south. But what in the West could possibly be more evil than Trevisan in the south? Bowen continues to build a believable alternate Wild West, one in which the paranormal is the norm, in which humans and nonhumans intermingle, and many people and things aren't what they seem. Good fantasy fun and worth catching up with the earlier volumes.--Pitt, David Copyright 2017 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Bowen doesn't waste any time getting back into the thick of things in her exciting third adventure (after 2016's Conspiracy of Ravens) to feature the indomitable Ranger Rhett Walker. Rhett is anxious to find and kill the necromancer Bernard Trevisan, who is inhabiting the body of a little girl named Meimei. He's hoping for help from his captain, but, after tragedy strikes, he and his posse must defeat Trevisan on their own. Rowdy monster mayhem makes for a fast pace, and the gang faces down a horde of poisonous spiders and a vicious catlike creature, among others. But not all monsters are bad; they meet a gorgon that may hold the key to Trevisan's demise, and Rhett himself and many of his crew are more than human. Rhett has spent three books coming to terms with being transgender and still struggles with his identity, but with the help of his diverse friends, he realizes that there's a whole lot to love about himself. Bowen's imaginative mix of wild West hijinks and supernatural frights leads to a fittingly dramatic finale. New readers can easily jump right in, and returning fans will keep cheering for Rhett and his buddies. Agent: Kate McKean, Morhaim Literary. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.