Devil's Call

Devil's Call

by J. Danielle Dorn


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The Revenant with witches.” —James Demonaco, screenwriter and director of The Purge series

On a dark night in the summer of 1859, three men enter the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shoot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unbeknownst to them, Li Lian, his wife, hails from a long line of women gifted in ways that scare most folks—the witches of the MacPherson clan—and her need for vengeance is as vast and unforgiving as the Great Plains themselves.

Written to the child she carries, Devil’s Call traces Li Lian’s quest, from the Nebraska Territory, to Louisiana, to the frozen Badlands, to bring to justice the monster responsible for shooting her husband in the back. This long-rifled witch will stop at nothing​—​and risk everything​—​in her showdown with evil.

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Publishers Weekly

In Dorn’s gritty debut, a witch crosses America’s unforgiving frontier to track down the man who murdered her husband in cold blood. It’s 1859 in the Nebraska Territories, and Li Lian MacPherson adores her husband, Matthew Callahan, a doctor who thinks nothing of welcoming the wounded into their home. When a small band of highwaymen arrive on their doorstep, one with grievous wounds, he invites them in—but one of them, George Dalton, shoots and kills him. The devastated Li Lian is arrested for Matthew’s murder, but local butcher Roger Hawking breaks her out of jail, and they set off across the country to avenge her husband and rid the earth of Dalton, who may well be a supernatural entity. This fast-paced, beautifully written revenge tale, told by Li Lian to the child she carries, is a testament to the fierce love she has for her unborn child and the unbearable pain of the love she’s lost. The indomitable, relentless Li Lian is a force of nature who takes full advantage of her magical heritage and the awesome power that it affords her. (July)

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The Revenant with witches.” —James Demonaco, screenwriter and director of The Purge series

"One of the strongest female leads we've seen in ages. Fans of horror, fantasy, and westerns alike will love this jet-fueled romp through the wild west as they follow Li Lian on a quest for vengeance that will lead her and her unborn child to the very heart of evil and despair. But hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially not one with a long rifle and a deadly magic touch." —Shane Keene, HorrorTalk

The Screwtape Letters meets The Revenant—this is one of the most original tales in quite some time.” —Jerry Smith, Fangoria and

“Prose evocative of a young, female Elmore Leonard—but with a contemporary and hybridizing element of magical realism that tilts toward horror.” —The Tracking Board

"From the moment I started reading Devil’s Call, I was rapt. J. Danielle Dorn masterfully draws the reader in with her incredible debut, a horror-fantasy western featuring an emotional and gritty tale of revenge. One of the best novels I’ve read this year...guaranteed to engage, captivate, and leave you breathless.” —The Bibliosanctum

True Grit with magic.” —J-F. Dubeau, author of A God in the Shed

Library Journal

★ 06/15/2017
Descending from a long line of witches, Li Lian met Matthew Callahan when she was 14. She ran away from her Missouri home and straight into trouble in a Texas saloon. Matthew saved her from being burned as a witch and returned her to her family. But she doesn't stay out of mischief for long, and after he rescues her again, Li Lian and Matthew begin a courtship that leads to marriage and a baby on the way. In 1859, now living in the Nebraska Territory, where Matthew serves as a local doctor, their happiness is destroyed when Matthew is killed by three men, one of whom is not quite human. Pregnant Li Lian immediately sets off to find the killers and exact her revenge. VERDICT Narrated in the form of a diary written for the protagonist's unborn daughter, this debut excels in setting a tense mood and introducing a prickly yet compelling heroine. Highly recommended for fans of weird Westerns like Lila Bowen's Wake of Vultures or Laura Anne Gilman's Silver on the Road.—MM

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942645603
Publisher: Inkshares
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Pages: 275
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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