Friday, August 18, 2017

The Cold Eye

Today's post is on The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman. It is the second on her The Devil's West series, so to understand the story you need to have read the first one. It is 330 pages long and is published by Saga Press. The cover is sky blue with Isobel in the left hand center with her hand up showing the Devil's Mark and a reaper flying above her. The intended reader is someone who read the first one and likes alternative history. There is mild foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the the two main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- In the anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil's Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory.
Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss—better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represent the power of the Devil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists—sometimes wild and perilous.
But there is a growing danger in the bones of the land that is killing livestock, threatening souls, and weakening the power of magic. In the next installment of the Devil’s West series, Isobel and Gabriel are in over their heads as they find what’s happening and try to stop the people behind it before it unravels the Territory.

Review- This volume picks up just days after the last one with Gabriel still healing and Isobel realizing the real limits of her new job. But there is no rest for the wicked and something very wicked is going on. Isobel wakes up with something telling her to go and she follows the voice into trouble and broken land. There is some more world building in this volume and I still really like this world. Isobel grows so much over the course of this book. She still has far to go but she covers so much ground. Gabriel is going to have to choose where his loyal is and to who.With the United States wanting to come into the Territory and as long as they are just looking the Boss cannot do anything to stop them. But Isobel can and that the real point of this volume. I hope that it will be more than one more book but that said I cannot wait to read the next one.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.