Wake of Vultures

Wake of Vultures

by Lila Bowen

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ISBN-13: 9780316264303
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: The Shadow , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 91,746
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Lila Bowen is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson, the writer of Star Wars: Phasma, The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched; the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, and the Ladycastle comic. She won the RT Fantasy of the Year Award for Wake of Vultures. Delilah lives in Florida with her family.

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Wake of Vultures 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A supernatural adventure in the old west with a main character that learns monsters are real while simultaneously discovering she may be more than meets the eye as well.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
Dark fantasies set in the Old West have been gaining popularity. I finally got a chance to read one of them, Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen. The book has been on my TBR list for a while and several authors have spoken highly of it. Though I am a fan of dark fantasy, history, and different cultures, I’m not usually a fan of “westerns.” So I wasn’t really sure how I would like Wake of Vultures. But I’m happy to say I liked it a lot! If you’re a stickler for the definitions of the genres, you might have a hard time calling this either an urban fantasy or a western, but it is a great story regardless of what you call it. Nettie Lonesome is trying to find her place in the world. Is she a daughter or a slave? Is she a ranch hand or a monster hunter? Is she timid or brave? Is she human, or something else? She can’t take for granted anything she thinks she knows about the world because nothing is what she thought it was. A part of this book is about how your childhood experiences shape you and screw you up, both. A larger part is about how you, and only you, get to decide who and what you are. Life presents you many opportunities to figure that out, but you decide how they shape you. The author’s comments indicate that she was intentional about the diversity issues she addressed in this book, which is awesome. Nettie is a half-black, half-Native American living with white folks. She identifies as male, though she is biologically female and experiences attraction to both genders. At times she feels she has to hide what she is, at others she feels the relief of being accepted. It’s quite an emotional ride for Nettie, and she handles it better than most of us ever world, I think. And, of course, there are monsters to hunt! Skinwalkers, vampires, harpies, werewolves, a water horse, a siren (yeah, in the desert-dry Old West), and some Native American creatures that are new to me. Can’t have either a western or an urban fantasy without something to hunt. I’m really impressed with this first book in The Shadow series, and I’m hoping I get to read book 2, A Conspiracy of Ravens, fairly soon. This is a series I am really going to enjoy.
hermitbear More than 1 year ago
This is a truly amazing novel. Lila Bowen gives us a hero/heroine, Nettie Lonesome, who would be described as transgender and bisexual in today's terminology. Nettie is a sexually complex character in a context (the Old West) that had no language to describe her. Bowen does a superb job of making Nettie relatable while never once veering into sentimentality or "PC" preachiness. The novel is written in the vernacular of the Old West, and the author maintains an authentic voice throughout the whole book, never once falling into anachronism. The writing is superb, and so is the story, a coming-of-age tale that combines classic Western themes with folklore and magical realism. Definitely one of the best novels of 2015.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisingly fun read. Sort of a western/supernatural/historical/gothic novel, protagonist Nettie Lonesome is a smart-mouthed half-black half-breed with untapped special powers that come to the fore when she is pressed into breaking away from her uncomfortable comfort zone. The first of a series! I will watch for the next. Lila Bowen has a winner, in the shadow of Harry Dresden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! Finished it in 1 day, couldn't put it down.