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. Welcome to the Devil’s West.
“A richly detailed and eloquent story of magic in the Old West.” – Publishers Weekly
“Intriguingly different, compelling reading.” Locus
“Gilman is magic in that junction point between the real and the imaginary.” – NPR Books
Book 1: SILVER ON THE ROAD
Shortlisted for the Endeavour Award!
Book 2: THE COLD EYE
Winner of the Endeavour Award!
Also shortlisted for a Washington State Book Award for Fiction!
Book 3: RED WATERS RISING
Also set in this world:
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.Â It’s more like a true American myth being found.”
“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. Its 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, traveling 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