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Warlock By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590171615
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: NYRB Classics - November 21st, 2005

To those who wonder if the western genre is worth their time, I present this book. Oakley Hall’s 450-page western epic is a fantastic read, with an extensive cast of odd characters, an unparalleled attention to detail, and some very real questions about justice and the fragility of society. It’s a thriller, a romance, a crime novel, and a book that captures a side of the old West we don’t see anywhere else. Think John Ford by way of Thomas Pynchon.

Review by Connor

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The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy By Megan Bannen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316394215
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Orbit - August 23rd, 2022

Is a Fantasy? A Romance? Maybe a western? A treatise on death and dying? A manual for grief? What if I told you it's all these things? It's You've Got Mail meets the Walking Dead meets Justified. 

I'll wait while you get your wallet. 

Sure it sounds silly, but man, does Megan Bannen sell it, with gorgeous world building, witty and charming dialogue, and not a little bit of steam. I laughed, and cried. Like ugly cried. Hands down my favorite fantasy romance of the year. 

Review by Erin

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The Outlaw's Heart (Runaway Brides) By Amy Sandas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492652038
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - October 29th, 2019

This runaway bride, second-chance-at-love romance was unexpected and totally swoonworthy. The narrative builds steadily until the final chapters when all hell breaks loose and the story peaks in classic Western fashion. If you like character-driven stories, here's all you need to know: there's a contemplative Native American hero, a Boston society wife with a spine of steel, an abusive bastard of a wealthy husband, and a band of misfit outlaws hidden in a valley of the idyllic Rocky Mountains. Great fun as a standalone or to read out of series order.

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Berserker By Emmy Laybourne Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250180766
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Square Fish - October 16th, 2018

This violent, glorious book is about a 16 year old female Berserker who has to flee Norway in 1883 for the American West in order to evade the strictures of the law long enough to seek guidance from a long lost uncle who just may be able to help her contain her instinct to mercilessly slaughter anyone who threatens her family.

Berserker combines all the best parts of Norse mythology, historical fiction, and a solid Western. Think Vikings meets True Grit.

Review by Anje