Book Review: Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman (Devil’s West #1)

Silver on the RoadSilver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At sundown on her sixteenth birthday, Isobel Lacoyo Tavora, or Izzy, reaches majority and ends her indenture to the devil. She had been Bargained as payment by her parents as a toddler. A day later, she signed her own Bargain with the devil and became Isobel nee Lacoyo Tavora, The Left Hand of the Devil.
Set in an alternate history where the United States ends at the Mudwater (Mississippi River) and the Spanish Protectorate reaches from the west coast to the Sierra Madres, the story of Izzy travels the Devil’s West, which spans all the Territory between. Izzy will be a rider, traveling the Road, seeking out injustice and fulfilling justice, Maleh Mishpat. Her mentoring trip, under the guidance of Gabriel Kusan, is eventful and terrifying, a baptism by fire. A stricken farmstead, an empty outpost, missing silver miners, a mad magician, and a group of monks all point to a greater evil that is cracking the bones of the Territory and Izzy is the only one who can deal with it. Whether she can survive the task is another matter.

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