Silver on the Road

Silver on the Road

by Laura Anne Gilman


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Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman

A heroic fantasy by an award-winning author about a young woman who is trained in the art of the sinister hand of magic, but at what price?

Isobel, upon her sixteenth birthday, makes the choice to work for the devil in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being who deals fairly with immense—but not unlimited—power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and they always get what they deserve. But his land is a wild west that needs a human touch, and that’s where Izzy comes in. Inadvertently trained by him to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel circuit through the territory. As we all know, where there is magic there is chaos…and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481429696
Publisher: Saga Press
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Series: Devil's West Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 297,041
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the Locus bestsellers Silver on the Road and The Cold Eye, the popular Cosa Nostradamus books (the Retrievers and Paranormal Scene Investigations urban fantasy series), the Nebula award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy. Her first story collection is Dragon Virus, and she continues to write and sell short fiction in a variety of genres. Follow her at @LAGilman or

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Silver on the Road 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saddle up for a fantastic tale. Engulfing, believable wild weird west. Love the mix of equality, respect and friendship among Isobel, Gabriel and Farron while acknowledging where they don't get along or agree. The West itself is a gorgeous believable character, Gilman sees the harsh beauty and magic of the region.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Anne Gilman did it again. She paints such a satisfying picture of the Territory, I couldn't put this down. Isobel has grown into her role as Left Hand, but still feels like she is riding blind at times. Gabriel is still mentoring her, but he is keeping a secret from her that may effect the future of the Territory. I can't wait for the next exciting book in this series.
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JaniceSmith More than 1 year ago
I loved this weird west novel. Well-developed and populated with great characters. Can't wait for the next book in the series. Highly recommend.
anneb10 More than 1 year ago
In the first book of the Devil's West series, we been Isobel Lacoyo Tavora - Izzy - who is turning sixteen and becoming an adult. She's lived as long as she can remember in Flood, indentured to the Devil as a toddler. Izzy makes her own bargain, thinking she knows what to expect, but instead her life is thrown into disarray as she joins the gambler ad drifter Gabriel on the Road to learn its ins and outs, and to see the Devil's territory along the way. Gabriel has his own secrets and bargain with the Devil to contend with. Along the way, Izzy starts to come to terms with both her bargain and adulthood. Gilman's characters are always well-developed and full of life. This book is no exception, and I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.
Bran_Langley More than 1 year ago
In a re-imagined West, the Mississippi River is the western border of the United States, and the Continental Divide, the eastern border of Nueva España. Between is The Territory . . . a vast landscape populated by settlers of European decent, Native American Tribes, and creatures only legendary. In The Territory, Roads and streams have magical properties and settlements are few and widely separated. Into this world comes Isobel nee Távora Lacoyo, who on her sixteenth birthday, becomes a free woman who must chose her place in The Territory. Isobel has spent her life in the service of a man that she knows as “The Boss,” a man of vast power and Master of The Territory, believed by many to be the Devil. When she chooses to continue in his service, he offers to make her his Left Hand, “The right hand gathers and gives, visible to all. But the left hand, Isobel, the manu sinistra? It moves in shadows, unseen, unheard…. Until I deem it time for it to be seen and heard. And when it moves, its work cannot be undone. It is the strength of the Territory, the quick knife in the darkness, the cold eye and the final word.” The bargain made, Isobel sets out under the mentorship of an experienced rider named Gabriel (a man with a past who has made his own bargain with the Devil). There are threats to be controlled and more magic to be learned as Isobel learns to act as the Left Hand of the Devil.
Doranna More than 1 year ago
A deeply realized vision of a unique old west, full of characters who are true to themselves. For readers who enjoy watching a world unfold!
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Really good. Waiting for the sequel...
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fieldmouse More than 1 year ago
Silver on the Road “Power is power. A good hand of cards, a bank filled with gold, a loaded gun, a pair of fine eyes and a bewitching smile… The trick isn’t what you’ve been given but how you use it.” SILVER ON THE ROAD starts slowly. Very slowly. Laura Anne Gilman deals out details of her reimagined west in a leisurely, but careful manner. We meet Isobel nee Lacoyo Tavora, a girl who is released from her indentured servitude on her sixteenth birthday, and decides that she wishes to become more a part of what she has experienced in her early years. We meet Gabriel Kasun, a drifter who is running from parts of his past, looking for peace. And we meet the Boss, who promises both with a smile, the thwickerflack of cards, and a Bargain. The rest of the story continues with its slow, steady pace, as we discover the nature of The Territory and the nature of the Bargain. Many things are hinted at throughout the early part of the story, showing that Gilman has crafted a world that is both interesting and deeply mysterious, but many of these hints are never explored. The reader may become frustrated with the pacing of the novel and the lack of solid information, but they should not abandon the journey the novel promises. The further one goes on the Road, the more interesting the world becomes. When the pace finally picks up, during the last third of the novel, one is almost disappointed. The novel moves very quickly toward its ending, but although one crisis is averted and Isobel discovers at least part of her true purpose in the Territory, the Road promises to continue. As a stand-alone novel, SILVER IN THE ROAD may be slightly disappointing; an enjoyable, well-written novel that doesn’t satisfy all of the characters’ (or readers’) questions, but resolves enough of the situation to feel some completion. But, the promise of further exploration of the lands and characters of the Territory makes this novel feel like an excellent first step on a Road that may never end, as each twist and turn may bring both enlightenment and more questions.