- Series: The Shadow (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (October 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316264318
- ISBN-13: 978-0316264310
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gritty and well-realized... The unforgiving western landscape is home to supernatural beasties as diverse as the human inhabitants, and no-nonsense Nettie is pragmatic and brave. Themes of self-worth, gender, and the complexity of identity are treated with frank realism and sensitivity, and the narrative is a love letter to the paranormal western genre."
―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"I don't care what else you've seen in the bookstore today. Buy this book because it's the thrilling, delightfully written, and important one you've always wanted to read."―Kevin Hearne
"Wake of Vultures doesn't just fly -- it soars. Lila Bowen brings in a wild fantasy quite unlike anything I've ever read, with a voice that's weird and wonderful. Bowen is truly a talent to watch. Hot damn, is this book good."―Chuck Wendig
"Of all the books I've reviewed this year, Wake of Vultures' Nettie Lonesome stands out as the most compelling, well-crafted protagonist I've encountered... Bowen's superlative grasp of both character development and worldbuilding elevates a familiar story to mythic heights. "―RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
"Bowen's Wake of Vultures overflows with imagination and voice, channeling shades of Stephen King's Gunslinger and Western classics like Unforgiven. Nettie Lonesome is sure to become one of the iconic characters of this generation. This book puts you under its spell and will not let you go!"―Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author
"Bowen has created a fascinating, textured Wild West world...Readers will love this absorbing fantasy adventure [and] its strong, dynamic heroine."―Kirkus (starred review)
"Nettie Lonesome kicks major ass. There is something strange and wonderful going on in Lila Bowen's head. It's the weird west fantasy that I never knew I've always wanted to read. Now I need more!"―Wesley Chu
"Wake of Vultures is, quite simply, brilliant. A mind-bending mix of history, fantasy and folklore, it's a wild bronco of a read that'll leave you breathless for more."―Rachel Caine
"Nettie Lonesome is a complex, tough, all-around wonderful protagonist. And Lila Bowen is equally wonderful for bringing us Nettie's story, set in a magical old west full of harpies and monster-hunters and stolen children and more. I look forward to more of Nettie's journey."―Jim C. Hines
"Sharp as a silver Bowie and unsentimental as a stray bullet, Lila Bowen's Nettie Lonesome earns a place among the legends of the Weird West."―Matthew Stover
About the Author
Lila Bowen is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson, the writer of Star Wars: Phasma, The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched; the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, and the Ladycastle comic. She won the RT Fantasy of the Year Award for Wake of Vultures. Delilah lives in Florida with her family.
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The protagonist initially won my sympathy and interest, but as the story progressed her stubborn refusal to learn and evolve became frustrating. I was intrigued by the author's exploration of the main character's mixed race, gender-fluid, and bisexual nature, and how these qualities impacted her life in an "old west" type society. These themes were the most interesting to me, and I felt disappointed when they were neglected in favor of a weak "chosen-one-on-a-quest" story line. The quest never felt relevant, and the separate episodes of monster killing didn't come together into a cohesive whole.
Overall, A Wake of Vultures started very strong, grabbing my interest with stellar opening chapters, then gradually losing steam as it wandered towards a conclusion. I respect the author for working in some important themes and attempting an unusual genre combination of western and paranormal. But I don't think I'll be reading the next book in the series.
Overall a constant impact story with new monsters/trials each turn of the page, but done well (eg, without constant narrative description). Set in the wild west drenched in fantastical elements, which is a great place to be in my opinion. Strong character development and engagement. Good supporting roles with enough emotion to bind them together but not so much as to make you notice. The end is a little anticlimactic, but again you know it just leads to the next story which makes it bearable and I am very interested in reading the second book.
The fact that she’s never seen healthy relationships means she has a very inadequate understanding of how attraction works, and her gender identity means she really has no idea just who she might be attracted to. Also: all manner of supernatural beings show up, making life even more difficult for the teen.
This book deals with some pretty heavy themes, but wraps them up in a story that gives me all sorts of feels, and enough fantasy to not take the bad stuff that happens too personally. It is also worth noting that, due to the author’s own personal history, while some characters may have been sexual assault victims in their pasts, everything that happens “on screen” is consensual (across all her writings).
Because of that, I would say appropriate for mature teen only if they have a parent able to discuss the heavy themes - it is marketed as adult.
I can’t wait for the sequel. Highly recommend (and most of Dawson’s other writing, too).