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Roadside Magic

(Gallow and Ragged #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  457 ratings  ·  61 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

The Seelie and unSeelie Courts are both in plague-ravaged tatters. The Wild Hunt roams unchecked, taking who and what it will, and the walls between the human world and the world of the sidhe are thinning rapidly. G
Paperback, 323 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Orbit
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I’m not one to swear off a series after a single book, so although I had some hang-ups about ROADSIDE MAGIC, I still requested a review copy. Having a more realistic outlook going into my second Lilith Saintcrow experience helped. I knew that there would be zero levity, and that her writing style was going to be my biggest speed bump. Both proved true, but the story also took a bit of a detour, and there was no improvement in the pacing.

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This is the not the first series that I’ve read from Lilith Saintcrow. I read and really enjoyed both the Jill Kismet and Dante Valentine series. I read both of these before blogging, so I don’t have review. I also read them before I was such the audiobook junkie so I haven’t tried them on audio yet, but I would like to revisit the series sometime on audio. This Gallow and Ragged series just isn’t for me. I listene
Kathy Davie
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Second in the Gallow & Ragged urban fantasy series and revolving around Robin Ragged and those who want to capture her.

My Take
Saintcrow uses a third person global subjective point-of-view from the perspectives of Robin, Gallow, and Crenn, so we know their fears, wonders, desires, and past knowledge. A darn good thing, as we wouldn’t know how much Robin fears the “real” reason that Gallow wants to protect her, and Gallow has his own doubts about a woman raised in Summer’s Court while Crenn ha
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

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Even though I enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it quite as much as the first one in the series.

I still liked the pretty, flowery writing, and even though I didn’t find it to be a struggle in Book 1, it was even easier to understand this time because I already knew what all the specific fae things were (e.g. the different creatures, the fae objects, etc.).

I also still liked Jeremiah. I liked his roughness, but I also liked his humor. A lot of people find these books to be reall
Even I don't really get my fascination with this series. It could really have gone either way. These books start slow (real talk : I was sorta bored for the first hundred pages, but my hazy recollection of book one probably didn't help matters) but similar to what I remember of my experience with TRAILER PARK FAE, by the middle of ROADSIDE MAGIC I was devouring every page. I'm totally here for the Ragged & Gallow ship. There wasn't enough of the two of them in this middle installment, I'm ho ...more
When we last saw Robin Ragged, former servant of the Summer Queen, she had killed her father Puck—or at least thought she had—and left her protector Jeremiah Gallow, Summer’s former armormaster, recovering from poison in the trailer he once shared with her dead sister. Now she’s on the run from both Summer and Unwinter, who want revenge for the destruction she and Gallow wrought in the battle at the end of Trailer Park Fae. And when they realize that the cure for the plague she delivered them is ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2.75 stars? Maybe?

It took me a long time to read this one. I'm having trouble putting my finger one what I don't like about this series. The prose is very well crafted in terms of sentence structure and beautiful word choices. I love that whenever I read something by Saintcrow I inevitably reach for a dictionary. This story meandered, though. It was essentially just a chase scene that didn't leave us anywhere farther along in the story other than having met a new character and seen a few more of
Bonnie Jennings
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'm really enjoying the detail in these books.
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Robin is being hunted, can Gallow reach her before the hunter does?

Opening Sentence: The thing lying before her was no longer sidhe.

The Review:

Robin is planning her revenge against Summer for Sean and Puck for Daisy. Daisy, the little sister that Gallow married and loved, and now he attempts to court her as well. But Robin is haunted as well as hunted and as she revisits her childhood haunts, she finds that the her old home has been attacked
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Today's post is on Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow. It is the second in her Gallow and Ragged trilogy. It is 315 pages long and is published by Orbit. The cover has Gallow on a motorcycle with his tattoos and spear out and glowing. The intended reader is someone who likes urban fantasy and a new, darker spin on the Fae. There is foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the characters moving from one to the next per chapter. There Be Spo ...more
Michael D. Kanner
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A few caveats on my review. First, this is not my usual read. While I like urban fantasy, I like the emphasis on urban more than the fantasy world (think Vaughn's Kitty Norville more than Peeler's Jane True). Second, It is the second book and I never read the first. Like much of my reading, I picked it up at my favorite used book store BARBED WIRE BOOKS ( based on the cover art and the tease about fae in a trailer park.

Despite those points, it is a good read and
Rebekkah Brainerd
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I stared this, and then picked it up the next night and read through till the wee hours of the morning. The imagery and writing of this book is out of this world. The use of myth and creation of such a pulsating, poignant world is amazing. The characters are fantastic as well -- I wish we had more time with them. The books reads so fast I feel like I barely have a moment to really start to enjoy the characters before it's over. Guess that means I need to get Wasteland King!
I continued to devour this series!

I am not a huge fan of the modern GRIM GRIM GRIM aesthetic, but I do like Lilith Saintcrow. I would rank this series as grimmer than Jill Kismet but less than Dante Valentine, so be advised this will not be sparkles and sunshine fantasy. But if you're willing to deal with that, this is an engaging read.
Chris Hutchinson
Enjoyed reading

Kevin Hearne author choices are wonderful. Must read for shear enjoyment but you have to read book 1 to understand. Pick them up to read
Great Pageturner

Complex cast that makes the decisions you expect them to, but not the ones you want them to. Excellent plot twists
Kate Kulig
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this one much better than the first in the series. The flowery language is much less forced, the new characters are engaging and Jeremiah spends a little less time in his own head.
Good trilogy about a war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts (Summer and Unwinter) and the half-human/half-fae who get caught in the middle.
Alison (Lady Coffin) S
Sadly I did not care for this as much as the 1st in the series.
Russell Wolf
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The saga continues to be somewhat interesting but still exhausting to read. At least this time I was prepared for the non-ending ending.
Misao Aiko
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book far more intriguing than the first book. We got more of Robin's story very little of Gallows. Hope the third book is even better
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm still struggling with this one. Too many characters and story lines and cryptic comments that we hope will at some point make sense - maybe that's why I keep reading - to get to where it will make sense.

The adventure continues - for that's what it is - an action book couched in the land of fairies and mystery when in actuality it has more in common with a Jason Bourne movie.

Will Puck stay dead this time?
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this series.

Lilith Saintcrow is not like any other writer that I usually read. Where other writers flirt with shades of gray Ms. Saintcrow moves her stories along the line of shades of black. They are dark stories about characters who would be the villain in other books.

This story continues with Robin trying to escape from everyone but knowing she has no where to go and Gallow chasing her in order to protect her from all comers. Do they care for each other? Yes, but this is n
Luckily the world building in book one Trailer Park Fae took care of introducing the main setup, characters and magics one expects within the story so this was easier to read and keep track of what was going on.

I am a fan of darker, grittier reads and this one met my expectations quite well.

Not sure when will get to book three Wasteland King but as it concludes the trilogy hope it will be this year once buy myself a copy of the book.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Not sure what I think about this story. Maybe I should have read the first book, "Trailer Park Fae" in this series by Lilith Saintcrow. Unfortunately, I was hoping it could be a stand alone book. This book starts out with a back story where things aren't really explained well. Yes, I know someone has a vendetta against a half-sidhe girl. Plus she is has tried to kill someone who has done her wrong, too. I like to read about the Fae and their world, but this just wasn't what I expected. Plus I gu ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This fell victim to a bit of sophomore slump. The characters were still intriguing, and the plot chugged along but there wasn't nearly enough dialogue or character interaction. Mild spoiler: Jeremiah and Robin spend way too much time running around on their own adventures. This would have been okay except for they were literally running, and barely doing anything other than wondering what the other person was doing. This made for a good way to spend the weekend, but at the end of the book I felt ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faery, 4-stars
This is the best, well written, captivating characters book where nothing happens until the last third, that I have ever read.

Seriously the first part was Ragged running and everyone chasing her. That was all that happened for like half the book.

On a different note I still find this whole story fascinating. Saintcrow's writing is absolutely gorgeous. All the characters are complicated and nothing is straight forward. Pepperbuckle is a great addition as well as Gallows 'old friend'.

I loved the
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
An urban fantasy about the will to live, atonement, courtesy and kindness being rewarded, and loyalty. The world-building places the sidhe in an alternate dimension alongside earth. We follow the travels of three Half bloods (half mortal, half sidhe), as they run from and run towards change: Robin Ragged, who feels guilt and remorse over deaths she inadvertently caused; Jeremiah Gallow, who is reckless and determined to protect Robin; and Alastair Crenn, a bitter assassin who complicated relatio ...more
Robin Ragged is on the run and there are many on her trail. All claim to mean her no harm, but this is the fae and everyone lies.

Why I started this book: Audio is probably the best way to enjoy this retelling of the fae and their treachery. For generations, humans have been warning of the fair folk and their poisoned interest.

Why I finished it: This book was all about the chase, setting up the next book in the series.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The characters in this series weren't entirely interesting in the first one, but the world kind of was. In this one, it feels like there's a lot of running and a lot of chasing and a little bit of fighting, and only a few things that felt significant happened.

Since book 3 is the last book, I'll probably read it anyway to finish out the series, but it might take me a while after it comes out to get around to it. Unless that one turns out to be fantastic, I wouldn't recommend this series.
L.E. Doggett
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actually I think it might be a three and three-fourths but I can't do that here.

Great descriptions. The characters stayed in character. Action was good. There were twists and surprises. I totally didn't expect two of them. Suspense too. Settings were well done and sometimes a surprise. For me various plot points were a bit too dark for it to be my usual 4 stars or even fewer five.

But I would recommend it. Remember though it is the second of a trilogy.
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as a child, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She and her library co-habitate in Vancouver, Washington.

Other books in the series

Gallow and Ragged (3 books)
  • Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged, #1)
  • Wasteland King (Gallow and Ragged, #3)
“Funny, how things became very simple once a man’s course was decided. It was the aimlessness of choice that made mischief, among both sidhe and mortals.” 2 likes
“A long, ear-tearing howl threatened to deafen him, but he was already past the wight as the lanceblade sank in and cut deep, Gallow’s body airborne and spinning, his axis almost parallel to the rooftop as the Veil bunched and shivered. Landing, still spinning, the lance a propeller now, the last wight baring its yellowed fangs and hissing. Another curse, this one hurried and malformed, hurtled flapping for Gallow’s eyes, but his own spat phrase of the Old Language batted it aside, a dart of moonglow shredding the black wings. Skidding,” 1 likes
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