The cold eye

Laura Anne Gilman

Book - 2017

"In the anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil's Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory. Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss--better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represe...nt the power of the Devil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists--sometimes wild and perilous. But there is a growing danger in the bones of the land that is killing livestock, threatening souls, and weakening the power of magic. In the next installment of the Devil's West series, Isobel and Gabriel are in over their heads as they find what's happening and try to stop the people behind it before it unravels the Territory"--

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Series
The Devil's West ; Book two
Subjects
Genres
Western stories
Fantasy fiction
Paranormal fiction
Published
New York : Saga Press [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
334 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781481429719
148142971X
Main Author
Laura Anne Gilman (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This sequel to Gilman's Silver on the Road (2015) follows Isobel (aka Lacoto Tavora), the Devil's Left Hand, and her mentor, Gabriel Kasun (aka Two Voices), across the Territory. The time frame is Jefferson's presidency, but it is an alternate reality where magic is a part of life. Isobel and Gabriel follow anomalies, which begin with a desecrated valley of massacred buffalo. The earth reacts, leading Isobel and Gabriel to search for the reasons for the massacre and the anomalies. The Territory is separated from America by the Mississippi River, and most of the people Isobel and Gabriel meet are native. Gabriel can sense water. Spirits of the land connect with Isobel, leading her and Gabriel into danger. They take turns leading on the journey, and it is easy to forget that Isobel is only 16 years old. They eventually find the reasons for the massacre and the anomalies, and they find out that Isobel can do things neither of them knew she could do. Although this book can be read alone, it wouldn't be a bad idea to read Silver on the Road first. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In Nebula nominee Gilman's sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel journeys through the Territory, serving as the Left Hand of a man called the Devil, who protects residents of that waywardly magical place. Alas, she and mentor Gabriel learn that something is killing the Territory's livestock and compromising its magic.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

As the Devil's Left Hand, Isobel serves as his eyes and ears across the land. Wandering the western edges of his territory, she is called to a place where everything has gone wrong: dead buffalo stripped of their hides; an area that is unsettled, literally. With her mentor Gabriel, Isobel investigates the cause of these natural disasters. They soon uncover a growing danger that threatens the entire region. Adding to their problems is an encounter with explorers sent by the U.S. president. It will take all of the knowledge and magical power at Isobel's disposal to keep herself and Gabriel safe—along with the rest of the territory. VERDICT Gilman's sequel to Silver on the Road continues a fabulous coming-of-age tale of magic and power, set in a conflict-ridden alternative Wild West so vividly evoked that readers will be saddling up to ride along. [See Prepub Alert, 8/1/16.]—KC. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In the second installment of the Devil's West historical fantasy series (after 2015's Silver on the Road), 16-year-old Isobel continues to travel the roads west of the Mississippi, acting as the devil's Left Hand: "the cold eye and quick knife, the final decision-maker in the isolated expanses of the Territory when the devil himself could not be." Along with her mentor, Gabriel, Isobel sets out to discover what's been poisoning the land, causing earthquakes, and driving away the inhabitants. She finds an ancient spirit, wounded and trapped by power-hungry magicians, as well as an exploratory mission sent by President Jefferson of the United States. Isobel and Gabriel must find a way to solve the interlocking problems, even as she learns more about what her role as Left Hand truly entails. Gilman crafts a fascinating vision of a magic-infested continent, set in an unsettled and unpredictable time. As she expands upon the imminent conflict among the various factions inhabiting North America and delves into the supernatural structure of the setting, she lays the groundwork for her increasingly capable heroine to come into her own. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In the anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil's Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious thatis threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory. Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss--better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represent the power of theDevil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists--sometimes wild and perilous. But there is a growing danger in the bones of the land that is killing livestock, threatening souls, and weakening the power of magic. In the next installment of the Devil's West series, Isobel and Gabriel are in over their heads as they find what's happening and try to stop the people behind it before it unravels the Territory"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Isabel and her mentor, Gabriel, are riding through the Territory to oversee the protection of its people by the Devil, but after discovering that the power of magic is being weakened, they begin a desperate search for the forces trying to unravel the Territory.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

While serving as the Left Hand of the Devil, Isobel has her power tested as she tries to figure out the cause of a growing and mysterious danger throughout the Territory, in a sequel to Silver on the Road.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In the anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil's Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory.Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss'better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represent the power of the Devil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists'sometimes wild and perilous.But there is a growing danger in the bones of the land that is killing livestock, threatening souls, and weakening the power of magic. In the next installment of the Devil's West series, Isobel and Gabriel are in over their heads as they find what's happening and try to stop the people behind it before it unravels the Territory.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In the anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil’s Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory.Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss—better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represent the power of the Devil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists—sometimes wild and perilous.But there is a growing danger in the bones of the land that is killing livestock, threatening souls, and weakening the power of magic. In the next installment of the Devil’s West series, Isobel and Gabriel are in over their heads as they find what’s happening and try to stop the people behind it before it unravels the Territory.