January 3, 2017
Wake of Vultures, by Lila Bowen
Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She’s a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don’t call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see. But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn’t understand what’s under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding — at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin… if the monsters along the way don’t kill her first.
I had high expectations when I saw Wake of Vultures on NetGalley. I’ve read Delilah Dawson before, and I knew she had a supernatural series under the pen name, Lila Bowen. I’m not shocked that Wake of Vultures exceeded my expectations. Although an old west novel with vampires, werewolves and cowpokes isn’t exactly my thing, I knew that whatever Delilah wrote, I’d likely enjoy.
As others have said, Wake of Vultures has a feel like an episode of Supernatural. On the old west half of the mash-up, I’d say that old-timey themes like Magnificent Seven, but what really came to mind, was Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman.
I enjoyed Wake of Vultures; plan to read Conspiracy of Ravens and the other two books in the series when they come out in 2017 & 2018. Five stars for this wonderful story.
Delilah S. Dawson writes dark, edgy books for teens and fantasy with a wicked edge for adults. The Blud series is available now and includes WICKED AS SHE WANTS, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. SERVANTS OF THE STORM debuts August 2014, and Kirkus called the Southern Gothic Horror YA “an engaging page-turner” and “a standout, atmospheric horror tale.” April 2015 will see the launch of HIT, a YA pre-dystopia about teen assassins in a bank-owned America.