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    Intriguing, not what you think

    I've read most of Laura Anne Gilman's library and this is by far my favourite, The premise was a new take on an old trope of the devil, making bargains and the results of said bargain. You don't see him in the same light as evil but as more interested in balance. There were a few things about this premise I was quite unsure about, the girl being a teenager, this being a western of sorts, and the potential for romance. If you are looking for romantic adventure this is not the book for you. I found all those concerns alleviated and the story being even more interesting than I thought it could be. I attempted to keep this vague without spoilers but my overall feeling is that if f you are looking for something refreshing, intriguing and not what is seems then take a chance. and check this one out.
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    Introducing the Devil's Hand

    I've enjoyed Gilman's writing for a number of years; so, I was happy to see a new book. This book has elements of her other writing but is a departure into an alternative timeline when the original 13 colonies were united but before the lands west of the Mississippi were absorbed. A large chunk of that land controlled by the Devil. Silver is significant in many ways and Elizabeth becomes a servant who explores the land on behalf of the Devil. There is a lot for her to learn. I lost sleep because I could not put this book down.
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    Good writing, excellent mix of genres

    I grew up reading and watching Westerns; one of my first loves was Little Joe from Bonanza. I know the genre, and its faults (*waves at representations of Indigenous people and women*) pretty well, and I have both a healthy dose of nostalgia and skepticism for media that starts playing with the West. Which is part of why, I think, Silver on the Road was such a pleasant surprise! It has solid prose, it treats Indigenous people as distinct cultural groups (though I'm still uncomfortable with the devil/etc acting as a colonizing figure), and the growth of the characters and relationships managed to avoid being caricatures/tropes while still falling into patterns. This is the first 16yo in ages that I didn't grow tired of, and including Gabriel as a PoV character created a nice balance. I liked the pacing, the episodic feeling that the plot and travelling created. The (somewhat predictable) plot - young girl with a lot of responsibility has to grow into her powers - also reminded me of my favourite novels from when I was younger, like The Blue Sword (which also featured a lot of riding, dry territory, etc).
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