Only seventeen years old, Hettie Alabama leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she must. Her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepen with every year of life she loses.
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The Devil's Revolver by V.S. McGrath is a hell of a ride! This action-packed historical fantasy adventure, published by Brain Mill Press, is filled with gruesome magic, in a variety of styles, from a range of cultures and peoples.
"Immensely readable, gritty, and sharp as a spur rowel, The Devil's Revolver is a western with a twist."
Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of the Julia Grey novels
Our second book from an independent publisher, The Devil’s Revolver is a riot and a half!
The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer.
A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West. And this is only the first in a five-book series.
Author and reviewer K.J. Charles describes it as:
"...a fantastically readable female focused story, as Hettie (not pretty! not looking for a man!) sets out to save her abducted sister with the aid of a demonically powered gun that ages her a year every time it kills for her."
Charles goes on to describe the element of the book that also got us hooked:
"This is a tremendous read, I loved it. A Western/fantasy hybrid that in no way shies away from the racism and colonialism of the era and the brutality meted out to Native Americans and Chinese immigrants in particular."
And that's why we've included a particular Extra, direct from the author, V.S. McGrath, that describes her approach to decolonizing her writing, with the help of Dr. Angela Jaime, who at the time was associate professor and chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Wyoming.
You get your own copy of On The Devil’s Revolver and Decolonizing Magic in a Colonized Wild West with your purchase of The Devil’s Revolver.
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A fantastic 'Weird West', magic, action, adventure tale!
This carefully constructed alternative Western story is populated with interesting, but not always likeable, characters. The magic is strange and unpredictable, and is very much part of the world, not added on top.
While a YA fantasy, the book never shies away from addressing the very real violence and horror of genocide and colonisation.