I have a special three-parter this week featuring the Devil’s Revolver series by Canadian author V.S. McGrath. To begin, here’s my review of book one. Keep your eyes open for a review and giveaway for book 2!
The Devil’s Revolver
V. S. McGrath
(The Devil’s Revolver #1)
Publication date: Sept. 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.
Hettie Alabama (a great name for a Wild Western hero) has grown up on a homestead in the wild west. Taught to shoot at a young age by her father and her uncle, she’s as no-nonsense and tough as anyone who’s been raised in the harsh environment of the wild west. Especially a wild west filled with all kinds of magic. But when her younger sister is kidnapped, her family and home destroyed, and she’s left for dead by bandits, the world she thought she knew begins to unravel. The only thing that drives on is a single thought — she must rescue her sister.
The Devil’s Revolver is a wonderful, well-written story of strong characters with depth living in a harsh, magical land. Seriously, this is not a Disney kingdom. To avoid spoilers, I’ll just say this is a do-what-you-must-to-survive kind of land where everything, especially magic, has a price.
The Devil’s Revolver is set in a rich, deeply developed land that has some truly interesting uses of magic (the zoom tunnels are among my favourite, as well as the Devil’s Revolver itself). Yet it’s still a land that gives the impression it could genuinely be an alternative version of the American wild west.
I was engrossed in the book from start to end, finding hardly a dull moment as the stakes just kept climbing with each chapter. If I have any criticism, it would be that the story suffered a bit from the trope of characters ignoring important information or actions from others they considered of lesser knowledge in order to forward the plot. However, overall the book was so well-written that I could forgive the author those moments.
If you love genuinely tough female protagonists that don’t require weak male sidekicks to prop them up, and you love the idea of a realistically magical wild west, why not give The Devil’s Revolver a read?