True Grit meets True Blood in this delightfully dark and fantastical Western perfect for fans of Gail Carriger, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black. This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.
The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it s just perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.
Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Seven years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes and there s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.
But Westie s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie s kin. With the help of Nigel s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now."