Tin Star Witches: The Witches of Ruby Gulch #4
Publisher: Evil Plot Bunny Publishing
Genre: Western, Paranormal, Series.
Finnian is an Irish folk healer, a witch who specializes in healing magic. He’s new to America and is going west to seek his fortune in a place rumored to be steeped in magic — a town called Ruby Gulch, deep in the New Mexico Territory. When he meets Ishago, an injured Navajo on the trail, their lives become inexorably entwined. They risk their hearts and lives to steal a magic stone from a sleeping dragon, and in the process set events in motion that may destroy them all.
One thing I’ve enjoyed about this shared world is how different the stories and characters are. This story has the setting and dragon in common, but explores a very different kind of magic and familiar. This author is new to me, but I’d love to read more.
I loved how Finn and Ishago came from very different backgrounds, and how their upbringing was reflected in the way they reacted to what happens, and each other. I also liked how the story doesn’t shy away from how many white people reacted to with a different background and skin colour. I loved how they worked together to make things right, both with the dragon, and then later with Ishago’s people.
Póg is adorable and steals every scene he’s in. I love his and Finn’s relationship as witch and familiar. The scenes with him and Ishago are cute, especially with the way they bond so quickly.
Although this final story in the series is quite short, it still feels very rich in character and world building and I was left with a very strong sense of time, place, and magic. I found the ending very satisfying, and would love to read more about Finn and Ishago, and Póg, in the future.
5 out of 5 stars.