Territory

Emma Bull, Author Tor $24.95 (318p) ISBN 978-0-312-85735-6

World Fantasy–finalist Bull (War for the Oaks ) takes huge chances and achieves something distinctively wonderful with this subtle reworking of a western legend. The taming of Tombstone, Ariz., by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and their pal Doc Holliday is a cherished American myth of stoic heroism. Bull approaches the story from a different angle, considering matters that may or may not have escaped Wyatt’s chilly attention. When tough-minded widow Mildred Benjamin and drifter Jesse Fox realize that dark magic is manipulating people for a sorcerer’s selfish ends, they must decide what they can and should do about it, in the process discovering who they truly are. Mixing fantasy with Old West lore is risky, but Bull takes time to make the place and the people real before undeniably supernatural forces appear. The magic is less flashy than in many fantasy novels, but it’s vivid and deeply felt. Readers will think about the story long after it ends, savoring the writing and imagining what the characters might do next. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/28/2007
Release date: 07/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-1-4299-3108-3
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-7653-3019-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 432 pages - 978-0-8125-4836-5
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