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True Grit meets True Blood in this delightfully dark and fantastical Western perfect for fans of Gail Carriger, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black. This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.
The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s just perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.
Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Seven years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.
But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Revenge and the Wild" is an amazing story with a compelling story, deep characters, and fascinating plot elements. It's the perfect blend of mystery, fantasy, and history. It's my favorite novel by far, and I consider it a must read for everyone. Westie is a strong female protagonist with a relevant backstory and a believable personality. She is a paragon for every good protagonist: a mixture of flaws and remarkable traits that make her human.
I LOVED this book! I found it to be very, very entertaining. Enjoyed all the different characters and steam-punk/western mash-up! Can't wait to read more from Michelle Modesto.
2.5/5 Stars The premise of Revenge and the Wild is really interesting but just missed the mark for me. I enjoyed Modesto's writing style, but her plot and character development were all over the place. There was so much going on, from different types of creatures to inconsequential side-plots, that I was pushing myself through large chunks of this book. To me, this is a case of the author trying to accomplish too many different types of elements in one book. I was not emotionally invested in the characters or their relationships, though there were aspects of the main plot that I found intriguing. However, there was just was too much to wade through to get to those bits. My favorite character was Costin, a sexy vampire, and I would have loved if he was more present in the book. Read my full review: http://www.bookrambles.com/2015/12/revenge-and-wild-by-michelle-modesto.html
Loved it! Would love to have second one!
This book has a lot going on - fair warning. It takes place in the old west with elements of Steampunk and Paranormal / Fantasy. Westie lives in Rogue City, a town placed under a protective dome by the Wintu - a Native American tribe with magical abilities. We are made aware, early on, that Native American tribes have the ability to use magic and that over the course of people taking their land and massacring them, their powers are becoming more and more limited. The reason for this magical protective dome? Fairies (albeit they are extinct), vampires, trolls, goblins, elves, and all manner of paranormal creatures are real and this dome allows them and humans to live (somewhat) peacefully as if a creature were to harm a human, they would disintegrate into nothing. Westie, who has spent years attempting to find the cannibals that ate her family, is a stubborn and foul mouthed character who has stolen my heart. She shows that outside world her bravado and temper, but finds herself struggling when the Fairfields arrive and her gut tells her that these are the people who ate her parents and younger brother years ago. After a near disastrous false accusation years ago, Westie sets out to prove that the Fairfields are guilty of cannibalism with the help of Alistair and Bena, but must tread carefully as Nigel is dependent upon the Fairfields investing in his latest invention, Emma, which will ensure the dome stays in place and magic will survive. Having grown up together for a number of years, Westie and Alistair have a strong friendship and their stolen glances, along with Westie's longing, make for the perfect slow burn relationship. They trust one another and look out for one other both physically and emotionally. In a time when Alistair could easily be the big strong man and Westie the weak little woman, they view each other as equals in all aspects. Michelle does an amazing job of taking elements from many genres of fiction and creating a solid story. The story flows, there's no drag to the narrative, the writing is strong, and the characters unique. I enjoyed this story and there is a part of me that wishes Revenge and the Wild was not a standalone as I could easily spend another novel or two in the confines of Rogue City.