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She Returns From War [Kindle Edition]

Lee Collins
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Book Description

Four years after the horrific events in Leadville, a young woman from England, Victoria Dawes, sets into motion a series of events that will lead Cora and herself out into the New Mexico desert in pursuit of Anaba, a Navajo witch bent on taking revenge for the atrocities committed against her people.

File UnderDark Fantasy [ The Wilder West | Unseen Forces | A Conspiracy | Fight For Life ]


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About the Author

As a child, Lee Collins split his time evenly between books and video games. Nobody told him that making games was a valid career choice, so he studied creative writing instead. He and his girlfriend live in Colorado with their imaginary corgi Fubsy Bumble.

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  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (January 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9ET1BG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The difficult second novel January 29, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Victoria Dawes, a proper young Englishwoman, sees her parents killed by savage beasts, she embarks upon a journey of revenge. Her journey will take her to Albuquerque NM, in order to enlist the aid of seasoned monster hunter Cora Oglesby. Before Victoria's parents can be avenged, first they must face the menace of a Navaho skinwalker.

Collins' first novel, Dead of Winter, was one of my surprise finds of 2012. It was a solid weird West tale featuring a unique voice and great plot twists. Needless to say, I was excited to read the follow up. Unfortunately, She Returns from War is more than a bit of a letdown.
It's not that this is a bad novel. Plot, pacing, characterization, etc are all good. But none of it really stands out against the competition.

Told from Cora's POV, her voice was a distinctive feature of the first novel. She Returns from War is told exclusively from the POV of Victoria Dawes. After immersion in the roughhewn mind of Cora Oglesby, Victoria Dawes is a rather milquetoast choice.

Additionally, a large part of impact of Dead of Winter hangs upon a very significant plot twist. While my expectation is not that Collins should try to replicate this each novel, the plotting in She Returns from War is rather straightforward in comparison.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different From Book 1, But Still a Good Read March 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh, Lee Collins, I love this world you have created, but you kick me when I'm down!

Not necessarily a bad thing, mind you, but I had a couple of ARGH moments. I am going to try my hardest to be non-spoilery, but this is a book 2, so be warned.

I really, REALLY liked book 1, The Dead of Winter. An older, experienced female lead, lots of kickass action, all set in the late 1800s American West = miles of YES. Also, while we mainly followed Cora's POV (3rd person throughout), we also got to hitch a ride with some of the other characters and villains.

Book 2, however, is a different story. We don't get Cora's POV this time, but rather that of Victoria, an English heiress who needs Cora to hunt down the creatures who killed her parents. We also get interludes with the memories of another character. That's it.

It was interesting to see a beloved character (for me, she might be prickly but I love Cora) from another's POV. Victoria has heard lots of stories of the legendary Cora Oglesby, but when she faces the reality, let's just say she doesn't appreciate Cora's colorful language and lifestyle. Victoria is not always likable, but a lot of her responses were believable. She does come across as naive, but she learns fast. She grew on me.

I was reminded a few times of the movie Unforgiven, with the younger generation getting a look at the real life of a legend, and also learning about the costs of living such a life.

There is action, an old enemy and a new one, and once again Collins kicks my emotions around. I can't say I was surprised by how it all went down, but I thought it was a good end. I like that the vamps here are monstrous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Returns From War June 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fun, quick read. Perfect for this genre! Great western urban fantasy. Can't wait to see if Lee follows this up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Expecting...But Still Good! May 17, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story that I got was not the story I thought I'd get. I thought I'd be in the head of Cora, the mc from the last book, which to be honest, I haven't read yet. I have, however, been stalking it for awhile. I was like, "Hey, you could jump into book 2 here, and miss all the world building stumbling." Not that every author stumbles in this area.

What I got was an English heiress.

Once I got over that surprise, and we got out of England, the plot really picked up, but I never did manage to sync with Victoria. So because I couldn't bond with the mc, the plot was just...plot.

I will say that the world Ms. Collins created is fantastic!! And the action was GREAT, which are the two big things for me when reading a book. I look forward to reading book 1 so I can return to this world. This series is exactly the kind of world/story that I've been craving.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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More About the Author

Lee Collins has spent his entire life in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he generally prefers to stay indoors reading and playing video games. As a child, he never realized that he could create video games for a living, so he chose to study creative writing at Colorado State University. Upon graduation, he worked as an editorial intern for a local magazine before securing a desk job with his alma mater.

Lee's short fiction has appeared in Ensorcelled and Morpheus Tales, the latter of which awarded him second place in a flash fiction contest. In 2009, a friend challenged him to participate in National Novel Writing Month, and the resulting manuscript became his debut novel, The Dead of Winter, published in October 2012. The sequel, She Returns From War, arrived in 2013.

In his spare minutes between writing and shepherding graduate students at his day job, Lee still indulges in his oldest passions: books and video games. He and his girlfriend live in Colorado with their imaginary corgi Fubsy Bumble.

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