Silver on the Road

Silver on the Road

Book - 2015
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Inadvertently trained by the Devil to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, sixteen-year-old Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel circuit through his territory west of the Mississippi.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781481429689
148142968X
Branch Call Number: F Gilman
Characteristics: 382 pages :,map ;,24 cm

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cmlibrary_ecrites Feb 14, 2017

This is a fantasy-western with an incredibly interesting and unique setting. I can't wait to continue on with the series. This installment raises many questions that I hope will be answered.


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Arthur_of_Camelot
Jun 04, 2020

This was a really solid book and a good read! I'm just picky about giving out five star reviews to save those for books that are Favorites. I think maybe if I enjoyed westerns a little more, or if this book had been a little to the left, I would have given it five stars. So the lack of a star is purely a personal thing, and I'm sure it will be a Favorite read for lots of other people!

The MC's voice was very good, not whiny or annoying, but also realistic for what can be expected of a 16 year old in terms of emotional maturity. I think this is the little to the left that didn't quite reach out and grab me though--I fall in love with characters who are smart and spiteful and fighting BACK against something. And Izzy was smart, but she didn't have any cause to be a little bit mean and angry, and as a person feeling pretty mean and angry myself these days, I didn't connect with her as much as I could have. She definitely wasn't an annoying passive, reactionary character who only does things in response to what others do, but she did spend the book searching for herself and what she wanted. Which is a valid story! She did a great job, and the writing was excellent at keeping that narrative realistic and interesting, so I'm chalking this up purely to personal preference, that I want characters who already know exactly what they want, are mad as hell about it, and willing to spit and claw their way into success.

I do have to say the fantasy and world building aspects were super cool and very interesting. They also weren't info-dumped all at once--maybe a little sense of "oh yeah and also this other thing" BUT that at least had the narrative justification that Izzy was new to a lot of things herself, so we learned as she learned. Her lessons with Gabriel were a great way to build up the world and the sense of magic. I also really loved that the devil wasn't the bad guy--not a good guy at all, but not Bad either. That's for the Catholics, lol

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N13m4nd
Dec 10, 2019

This story is set in the early years of American settlement of the west, but not in our world. In this old west, magic works and supernatural creatures may be encountered. A being nicknamed "the Devil" rules loosely over the partially settled region west of the Mississippi River, and in his realm he enforces neither kindness nor fairness, but order. But he can't be everywhere at once, so he lends some of his supernatural abilities to agents, and this time he's selected a young woman named Isobel to be his Hand: his investigator, his enforcer, his arbitrator. As astute as the girl may be, though, she has never been a traveler. And so the Devil pairs her with a wanderer named Gabriel, and the duo sally forth to explore this intriguing world, settle disputes, and combat evil creatures. This is the first of 3 novels about these characters, and while they have plots, the stories move along languidly and without much action. The real appeal of the novels is the characters and the world-building, and I enjoyed all three.

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randyleroyfowler
Aug 11, 2019

Don't remember

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Alphabaz6666
Aug 03, 2019

on list

IndyPL_ToddG Dec 07, 2018

A fun read in the paranormal-Western-historical-fantasy genre. Is that a thing? It is now!

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jessica_ebacher
May 22, 2017

I really like the world that Gilman has built, and I love the character of Isobel - it's great to see a coming of age story like this with a female protagonist. I do think the climax and denouement were abrupt and a little unformed, but it's promising as the start of a series.

cmlibrary_ecrites Feb 14, 2017

This is a fantasy-western with an incredibly interesting and unique setting. I can't wait to continue on with the series. This installment raises many questions that I hope will be answered.

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dwolen
Jan 31, 2016

An alternate-history western with magic. Very well done.

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