Tin Star Witches: The Witches of Ruby Gulch #2
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
Genre: Western, Paranormal, Series.
When Owen McBride sees his lover Jericho stagger into their homestead outside of Ruby Gulch, New Mexico, he thinks he’s seeing the dead come back to life. Jericho was lost to him when the wagon train he was leading was taken by monsters called Eaters, and Owen expected to be alone the rest of his life.
Blind, poisoned by magic, and near real death, Jericho Nater comes back to Owen, needing the love his man offers, and his help. The doomed wagon train’s children are still alive, and Jericho has promised to go back for them. Owen can’t bear to lose Jericho again, but he would never deny Jericho something so important. Together they must find a way to save those kids, and to make their way home alive.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’m looking forward to reading more! I found her writing style very easy to read and was drawn into the book and its characters very quickly. I thought the way the author described the characters’ emotions and reactions was very powerful. The world building in this series is fabulous, and I loved how the old west mixed with the paranormal/magic in this story.
I loved Owen and Jericho, and how they are each other’s strength and heart. Their relationship is a very easy companionship as well as connecting strongly at an emotional and physical level. Owen’s very practical and protective of his witch, and I liked how Owen has his own strengths yet can’t see them. I liked how Jericho compensated for his lack of sight, and his relationship with his guardians.
As with all of the books I’ve read of this series so far, I thought the guardians stole every scene they were in. The last scene in the book was fabulous in that regard, and made for a very satisfying finish to the story.
I also liked Barthe and Samuel and would love to read more about them. I hope we haven’t seen the last of this series with these four books. Although it feels like rich, and well thought out world, it still feels like there’s more of its history and people to explore.
The children have a lot of potential and very distinct personalities, even the little ones. I liked the theme of found family. The eaters were scary and I loved the descriptions of how they made their prey feel, and I thought that made them all the more terrifying.
5 out of 5 stars.