Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
Publishing Date: Jan 2014
Publisher Description: Caleb Marcus is a Peacemaker, a man who rides a circuit of small towns, bringing law to the frontier.
Armed with only his badge, his Arcane staff, and his trusty six-gun, Caleb and his jackalope familiar ride into Hope. It seems like every other border town he’s visited in his role as itinerant Peacemaker. But the children of Hope are being mysteriously robbed of their magical abilities, a charming land baron is running most of the town with an armed force of men at his back, and the nearby Cheyenne tribe is raiding the outlying homesteads with increasing frequency as earthquakes shake the very ground under their feet.
Something isn’t right in the Wild West, and Caleb has to figure it out before he finds himself at the end of a noose or an arrow.
Review: This is a pretty cool take on the Wild West with a fair dose of magic thrown in. I really liked this novel. The characters were great and the story was a lot of fun to read. It was not compelling in any way, but it was not meant to be. The characters were humanistic in that they had flaws, especially Caleb the Peacemaker. A tattered past during the Great War, that left a hole in his magic, Caleb is a departmental embarrassment whom is relegated to patrolling the frontier. There was a fair amount of dream-scape flashback scenes that helped build Caleb’s character, that I thought were inventive. The visual scene descriptions are very well done and lend quite a bit to the story-line. I like the cover art, pretty cool.
I would have liked to have seen a romance develop between Caleb and any number of women that were a part of this story. Now that he has an Indian partner riding alongside in the form of River Falls, we will see if things develop in subsequent novels. A great read.