Part Western, part supernatural mystery, this stands out for its tough lead Nettie Lonesome, an outsider treated like a slave at home, until she fights off an attacker, with violent and unexpected consequences. This is an important book that features a trans heroine in a sometimes diversity-lacking genre
A must-have for all modern fantasy collections and a great choice for adults and teens
I enjoyed the hell out of it
I don't care what else you've seen in the bookstore today. Read this one, because it's the thrilling, delightfully written and important one that you've always wanted to read
The monsters are gruesome, the battles are bloody, and the pace of this story never flags. Readers will love this absorbing fantasy adventure (the first in a planned series) and its strong, dynamic heroine.
Wake of Vultures doesn't just fly - it soars. Lila Bowen brings in a wild fantasy quite unlike anything I've ever read, with a voice that's weird and wonderful. Bowen is truly a talent to watch. Hot damn, this book is good
Conspiracy of Ravens, by Lila Bowen, gives me exactly what I want in a sequel. Everything I loved in book one of the series, Wake of Vultures, gets a little bit richer, a little bit deeper, and a little more complex: more characters, more monsters, a wider world, darker magic . . . pick up Bowen's Shadow books. I think you'll be mighty pleased you did.
There are fast-paced thrill-a-minute novels where the plot twists and wild action just. Keep. Coming. And then there are introspective books about someone searching for their identity and untangling deep issues of race, sexuality and gender. And then occasionally, you get a book that manages to do both. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen is one such book, and it's a goddamn keeper.
Themes of self-worth, gender, and the complexity of identity are treated with frank realism and sensitivity . . . Fantastical history fans will be delighted
A page-turning read, with action that just doesn't quit and a hero who's easy to root for . . . Wake of Vultures is highly recommended
Nettie Lonesome is a complex, tough, all-around wonderful protagonist. And Lila Bowen is equally wonderful for bringing us Nettie's story, set in a magical old west full of harpies and monster-hunters and stolen children and more. I look forward to more of Nettie's journey
WAKE OF VULTURES is, quite simply, brilliant. A mind-bending mix of history, fantasy and folklore, it's a wild bronco of a read that'll leave you breathless for more
Sharp as a silver Bowie and unsentimental as a stray bullet, Lila Bowen's Nettie Lonesome deserves a place among the legends of the Weird West
Wake of Vultures is a ferocious, fascinating take on the magical Old West - creatively and unsentimentally grim, yet rich with hope and heart
Of all the books I've reviewed this year, Wake of Vultures' Nettie Lonesome stands out as the most compelling, well-crafted protagonist I've encountered