The Devil’s West

East of the Mississippi, in the civilized world, dime store novels and gossips claim that the territory to the west  is home to monsters and magic, wild Indians and disreputable whites.  They claim that in order to survive, any who live there must make a deal with the Devil.

Some of this is true.

Welcome to the Territory.

 

“A richly detailed and eloquent story of magic in the Old West.” – Publishers Weekly

 

Book 1:  SILVER ON THE ROAD

 Read a sample of Silver on the Road

Book 2: THE COLD EYE (January 2017)

Read a sample of THE COLD EYE

 

Praise for THE DEVIL’S WEST

Silver on the Road take(s) on the sheen and weight of forgotten history….and it’s that echo in the brain that makes the thing hard to put down, because reading Silver on the Road is not like falling into some new and unfamiliar world.  It’s more like a true American myth being found.”
– NPR

“In this delightful start to The Devil’s West series… Gilman skillfully plays with western folklore and history, infusing them with ambiguity and subtle strangeness to deliver a memorable adventure out on the untamed frontier. ” – Publishers Weekly

“Her cocktail of Western folklore, Native American mythos, and known history are seamless, and will be a particular treat to fans of the other master of that kind of mashup, Neil Gaiman.” –BarnesAndNoble.com

“…Takes an underused setting for fantasy—the American West—and uses it to explore coming of age, the limits of power and responsibility, and the importance of mingling compassion and justice. It’s fresh and original and the language is both stark and lovely. The descriptions of the natural landscape of the West fit beautifully with descriptions of talking animals, travelling magicians and terrifying supernatural forces. 4.5 stars”    – RT Reviews

“First, just go buy it. Seriously, this book is great. It’s like, part western, part new weird, but without China Mieville’s over-the-top new weird.  Things are complicated, good can be done in the name of evil, and evil in the name of good, and the right thing is rarely the easy thing.” – Gallywumpus Reviews

“Laura Anne Gilman has reimagined an American West that is alluring and gritty, strange and utterly convincing. Her prose is stunning, and her story and characters grabbed my heart and would not let go.”  – David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, author of the Thieftaker Chronicles.

“[SILVER ON THE ROAD is] captivating, vivid, and impossible to stop reading… I could taste the dust, hear the rattle of the snakes, feel the wind, and sense the road. Filled with wonderful mythology and strong, compelling characters, this book is a fantastic start to what promises to be a fantastic new series.”    – Sarah Beth Durst – author of VESSEL and CONJURED

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        • Silver on the Road

          Silver on the Road

          Book 1 in the Devil’s West
          East of the Mississippi, in the civilized world, dime store novels and gossips claim that the territory to the west  is home to monsters and magic, wild Indians and disreputable whites.…more

        • The Cold Eye

          The Cold Eye

          Book 2 in the Devil’s West
           
          East of the Mississippi, in the civilized world, dime store novels and gossips claim that the territory to the west  is home to monsters and magic, wild Indians and disreputable whites.…more

13 Comments

  1. Kate

    I just finished Silver on the Road (and am currently in that irritated I am finished the book mood) and I was just wondering if you have a plan for this series? Like is it going to be a duology or trilogy or do you envision a longer series. Just curious, I could see a longer series myself just because there would seem to be at least four corners of the Territory for them to investigate as well as dealing with the other borders and, I’d think, Gabriel’s own people and, something I suspect, Isobel’s likely actual parentage and then eventually the return to Flood and what they both choose to do going forward.


  2. Hi Kate, thanks for stopping by!

    The answer is that yes, this is intended to be a series – the next book, THE COLD EYE, is currently with my editor, waiting on his notes. As to what happens to our duo…well, that would be Spoilers. :-D

    There are currently two more books under contract, and I have hopes for at least one more, but that will depend on how well the first one sells/how happy my publisher is with me.


  3. I absolutely loved Silver on the Road and posted an extensive review on my blog (http://fangfiction.blogspot.com/2015/10/new-series-laura-anne-gilman-devils-west.html). Here are some quotes from my review: “Gilman seamlessly slips the world-building into the narrative—not in big chunks, but in brief scenes that seem utterly natural….In an on-line interview, Gilman says that she is writing, “about the choices you make when you don’t have enough information, and the second chances you get to remake those choices. Dancing on quicksand, hoping they don’t drown.” That is a perfect description of Isobel’s journey in this book. The three main characters—Isobel, Gabriel, and Farron—are a delight, all fully developed, but all with secrets still left to uncover. Gilman has much to mine in future books, all of which I am looking forward to reading. This is a terrific start to a gritty, thought-provoking, imaginative new series.” I’m really looking forward to the next installment.

  4. Becky

    so have just finished silver on the road. stayed up till 3am reading it. aw
    esome lovely read. hopefully you will be writing about these people and their world frequently. first book of yours that I have read. definitally not the last. hopefully it wont be to long between books. thank you.

  5. Beth

    Just finished this book. And I loved it. Left a 5-star review on Goodreads. Thrilled to read this is a possible four- to five-book series. What a refreshing new take on the paranormal/historical fantasy genre.


  6. The next book, THE COLD EYE, is scheduled for Autumn 2016. So not too long a wait!

  7. Lera

    Downed this novel in a series of two days. Absolutely loved it!!
    Oh man, I’m super stoked for the next book. They way you wrote the Territory has me enraptured with it.

  8. Dan Hawks

    This is not what I usually read, but I’ve been completely sucked in. Looking forward to whatever comes next for Isobel and Gabriel.

  9. James Goetsch

    I just finished reading Silver on the Road, and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it–and to thank you for writing it! I look forward to reading more about the Devil’s Left Hand. I wonder what planted the seed for this in your mind? What image or story was the origin of this marvelous story of yours?

    In any case, thanks again for the story (and may you write many more).



  10. I wonder what planted the seed for this in your mind? What image or story was the origin of this marvelous story of yours?

    Oh, there’s a whole story for how this series began… I should probably write it up for posterity at some point, yeah?

  11. Lynne

    Just finishing “The Cold Eye” and am enjoying this series so much. The world building is fantastic, the setting is spooky and evocative, and I love the characters, especially Isobel and Gabriel. I hope you write dozens more.


  12. Thank you! I can promise at least one more, and several short stories, and possibly a novella. Not quite dozens, but….

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