by James Kinsley
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Pub Date 27 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 31 May 2023
It’s the Wild West, but it's wilder than you think...
Discover uncharted territories in this powerful collection of western adventure stories, where settlers who flood into a new continent in search of a better life must confront the indigenous population who call it home.
Follow the journey of a determined young widow who is struggling to keep her farm going, as she must deal not only with the harsh realities of the frontier but also injustices brought by her fellow settlers. Meet a newlywed couple struggling to understand each other and their new life together.
Watch the small town lawman fighting to keep the peace in a land filled with tension and violence. Read the perspective of an academic looking to make his name by documenting the indigenous peoples.
And follow the orc wanderer, watching his people being swept aside by the human settlers, and facing the difficult decision of whether to fight or to assimilate.
Through these disparate but interwoven stories, we see a new mythology of settlement born, old stories told in new ways, a fresh focus on the legends we write for ourselves.
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Average rating from 3 members
A fantasy novel based on what happened to American Indians when white people arrived in America. Brutally violent as dwarfs, elves, and orcs try to protect themselves from this invasion. Some try to live alongside the whites, even though they are always viewed with suspicion. A few even interact and have mixed-race offspring. The story is well-written but hard to read as the reader must remember individual characters that may or may not appear later. Tough read.
I really enjoyed this collection of Western novellas, it worked well overall and I was engaged with the stories. James Kinsley has a great writing style and I enjoyed what was going on. It left me wanting to read more from the author. This collection worked overall with the Western genre and it worked well.
"She wandered aimlessly and after a few minutes found herself at the dock, looking out across the Kobayashi. The few lanterns this side of the river failed to illuminate even the far bank and it was a few minutes before she realised that, over the sound of the water, she could hear oar-strokes. Had she known the trouble approaching, she would probably have run back to the inn, awakened Grimshanks and been gone from Bright Fortune in the time it took him to saddle her pony."