The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company has provided this book club with a copy of this book for review or we have purchased the book with our own funds. The opinions shared about the story are those of the book club or the individual reviewer and not influenced by The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company if received for review.Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
Series: The Shadow #1
Published by Orbit on October 27th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.
Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.
And just like that, Nettie can see.
But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.
Not many in the group read this book, but those that did really enjoyed it because of how different it was. They agreed that they probably wouldn’t normally have picked it up and the blurb doesn’t do it justice. A lot of discussion was spent on the main character, who is mixed black and native american, and her sexuality, as well as gender identity. Loved the message that basically you shouldn’t have to be put in a box or “identified” – be who you are, love who you love. And the fantasy elements were also very different – it was a western-historical (1800s Texas), with vampires but also mythological characters like the chupacabra and skin-walkers and harpies. Loved for its uniqueness, readers plan to read the second book.