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Marshal Apostle Richardson faces off against bloodthirsty outlaws, flesh witches, ruthless vigilantes, and more in this gritty, magical re-imagining of the Old West.

Almena Guillory, better known as the Grizzly Queen of the West, has done plenty to warrant the noose, but US Marshal Apostle Richardson enforces the law, he doesn't decide it. When a posse tries to lynch Almena ahead of her trial, Apostle refuses their form of expedited justice - and receives a bullet for his trouble. Almena spares him through the use of dangerous flesh magic but escapes soon after saving him.   

Weeks later, Apostle fears the outlaw queen has returned to her old ways when she's spotted terrorizing Kansas with a new gang in tow. When cornered, however, Almena makes a convincing case for her innocence and proposes a plan to take the real bandits down. Working with a known killer opens Apostle up to all sorts of trouble, not the least being his own growing attraction toward the roguish woman. Turning Almena away from vengeance may be out of the question, but if he doesn't try, she'll wind up right where the law wants her: at the end of a rope.

And if Apostle isn't careful, he'll end up joining her.   

If you like Red Dead Redemption and Lila Bowen's Wake of Vultures, you'll love this gun-blazing weird Western.

"A marvelously written tale, with a unique voice, strong characters, and a well-structured plot that paid off in spades in the end." (Joe Nassise, New York Times best-selling author of the Templar Chronicles

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Ce que les critiques disent

"With relatable characters and delightful prose, this magic-laced gunslinger tale will transport you instantly into the Old West." (Charlie Holmberg, Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Paper Magician)

"Hayley writes with grit, passion, and indomitable energy. A helluva ride." (Joseph Brassey, author of The Mongoliad and Skyfarer)

"A marvelously written tale, with a unique voice, strong characters, and a well-structured plot that paid off in spades in the end." (Joe Nassise, New York Times best-selling author of the Templar Chronicles

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Au global

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • R-B
  • 2019-05-17

Some very 1950s ideas about women

The narration was good, and the story would have been fine if it had been written in the 50s. As it was, the idea of a fragile woman, whose exploits were only impressive because they were done by a woman, not because they were impressive in and of themselves, and even though she’s a famous outlaw, needs to be both rescued multiple times, and told how to rob a train (!) by a man who’s never done it before, is a bit old. Also, the main villain is a woman who dares to think that women should have rights and be treated less unfairly. So ... not the groundbreaking feminist western I was hoping for. And it was too bad, because I was so excited for this.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Not sure what I like more...

I couldn’t stop listening. I’m not what I liked more, the story, performance, genre.

Totally enjoyable.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Old west done right.

Very entertaining book with alot of character growth and action, through the book you really grew to love the main characters and I cant wait for the next book.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Bryan
  • 2018-11-25

Very Good Western from a Sci-Fi Lover

So - I was a little worried when I started this that ‘weird western’ would mean more magic than western and I was dead wrong.

This story is more about a Marshall and how he views the world and his ‘struggle’ to do right by his morals. There’s a good amount of action and suspense in the story and the protagonist does some soul searching throughout the book.

I’d recommend to anyone who like suspense with a little bit of action and is looking for a bit of a western theme. There’s some soul searching too.

I’m not the best at giving reviews but I downloaded this book day one and felt obligated to do so. I mainly just wanted to say for anyone else skeptical of the ‘weird’ part that they need not fret. It is a very tiny part.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Jamie
  • 2018-12-01

Strong characters hold together a weird west world

If there's anything that needs to be said about this book, it's that the narration is amazingly well done. Oliver Wyman is Apostle Richardson. His voice is gravelly and rough and sounds very much like I'm listening to an old cowboy who's seen just enough of the world to be disillusioned by it. Those of you who are from the south will recognize that sort of home grown decency that's just exuded from the cheracter - and Oliver Wyman's voice. The story is short and a little slow in the telling, but I certainly can't say I minded being able to listen to Wyman - even during the slow bits.

Like I said, the story is a little slow, but that's not to say it's at all bad. My main problem is that throughout the book and until the last sections there wasn't anything driving the plot other than seeing the main characters interact, which they do beautifully, but it definitely took a few parts (the book is broken up by parts and chapters) to transform into something larger!

A lot of the story begins with establishing our characters. Apostle is what we would call in the fantasy world 'Lawful stupid.' He has a set of morals and values that would be considered just and he follows them to a 'T', refusing to besmirch the law for quick justice. Guillory, on the other hand, is a more flawed character. She has a checkered past revealed throughout the story that in a lot of ways has lead her to where she is. She's not a bad person and has her own sense of honor, often risking herself for the lawman who's goal seems to be to put a noose around her neck.

There's an interesting dynamic here and neither party can come out of it the same as they went in. And while I would have enjoyed a bit more urgency to action, the characters are strong enough to hold the overall narrative together all on their own.

63 personnes sur 66 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Donna
  • 2019-03-10

LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

Could not stop listening to this book. I was up all night, hanging on every word.

11 personnes sur 11 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ecualegacy
  • 2019-01-10

The Wild Weird West

I'm not a Western Fan, which is why I say this book had NO business being as good as it was. Its compelling characters, atmosphere of anxiety, and rich, authentic descriptions hooked me from the first chapter. The audio performance is a feast for the ears. Definitely looking forward to the next novel!

21 personnes sur 22 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Lauren
  • 2019-02-25

Beautifully written western adventure story

Great audio performance, interesting characters, a story that keeps moving with a few surprises. Lots of fun!

9 personnes sur 9 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Billy Harvey
  • 2018-12-03

Delightful!

I'd never heard of this genre, but on the recommendation of another author that I especially like, I gave this a try - and got rewarded with a delightful story set in the old West and shortly after the Civil War. The narration felt just a tiny bit slow so I set the speed at 1.05 and greatly enjoyed the whole thing. Give the classic Western song by the same name a listen to set the mood and enjoy a well told story.

18 personnes sur 19 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Rosa
  • 2019-01-20

A classic

This novel is written and performed perfectly. I like that it has elements of alternative history, fantasy, and good old fashion western blended seamlessly. The plot and story line are gripping. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a great book.

15 personnes sur 16 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Robert
  • Dallas, TX
  • 2018-12-01

Western with a twist

I usually don't listen to westerns, but this is a very good story. I liked the way Hayley Stone gives Marshall Richardson an unusual adventure. The prisoner is a healer witch and both go on a action filled escapade thru the west. Oliver Wyman does an excellent job in telling the story. Looking forward to the next book.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

7 personnes sur 7 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Willis Burns
  • 2018-11-20

Book of the year... Easy.

I listened to this book in one sitting. It is brilliant. Oliver made this feel like a movie come to life in my brain. Stone paints a bleak picture of the west while creating a believable world despite the magical elements. It reads as a stand alone novel, but looks like it has the potential for more books following Marshal Apostle Richardson. I hope!

24 personnes sur 27 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Wysh
  • 2019-05-17

Eager for more

Fantastic story & excellent performance. Seamless integration of fantasy and gritty realism of the old west.

4 personnes sur 4 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente