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The Devil's Standoff

(The Devil's Revolver #2)

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Welcome to the birthplace of the Devil’s Revolver, where magic is draining from the land and untold danger lurks for our truly unforgettable gunslinger heroine, Hettie Alabama. The second book in the Devil's Revolver series follows Hettie and her crew south of the Wall into Mexico, where they must unmake the Devil's Revolver while confronting a magic- and land-hungry army ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 2nd 2018 by Brain Mill Press
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D.M.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Devil's standoff is the sequel to the Devils revolver. It's a continuous story and I'd recommend reading book one first.

Hettie manages to get her sister back after she was kidnapped (book one), but a price was paid for her life. Now, Hettie, her sister and "uncle" are trying to reach safety. They have enlisted the help of a bounty hunter who may hold the answers to their problems. Both Hettie and her sister, Abby have been cursed, but in different ways. Hettie is hoping to track someone dow
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K.J. Charles
Apr 06, 2018 added it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a tremendous read: a brutal fantasy Western with complex magic, twisty plotting, flawed characters, impossible problems, and some spectacularly nasty meanies including the magical Wall between the US and Mexico which...good lord. (Mexico built it, very reasonably.) Also doesn't shy away from really gritty unpleasantness in the racism and colonialism on display. Hettie is a wonderful character, buffetted by forces she can't control or understand, trying to do the right thing with a demoni ...more
Chad
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, 2018
Hettie and her cohorts follow Walker to Mexico so that his father can remove Hettie's connection to the Devil's Revolver. Or at least that's what they planned on. Most of this book takes place in Walker's home town. I found the writing tighter than the first book. Despite the book taking place in one location, I found the action even more intense and the book, overall, just better written.

I'm still digging the supernatural West McGrath has crafted. All of the characters are flawed, she doesn't s
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Kristen Burns
3.5 Stars

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This series is a wonderfully unique blend of western gunslinging and magic. It's so much fun seeing the alternate version of our world this author has created and how magic has impacted society and people's ways of life.

This sequel was rather different from the first book since it took place mostly in a village in Mexico rather than the American Frontier. While it did slow down the pace and giv
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Maria
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-book, 2018-faves
Thank you Netgalley, Brain Mill Press, and V.S. McGrath for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved that this installment picked up right after the first "The Devil's Revolver" ends as we find the group still running for their lives and trying to come to grips with just happened to them as they are on the road to Villa Del Punta, a desert refuge, in hopes for answers but as we know nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

McGrath still managed to keep me entertained in
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Under the Covers Book Blog
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it



I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I absolutely adored the first book in this series, it was an action adventure western with a magical twist. In the second instalment we continue to follow Hettie Alabama and company as she tries to dispose of the devil’s revolver, a gun which ages her a year every time she takes a life using it. But, as her journey continues and takes her to Mexi
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I absolutely adored the first book in this series, it was an action adventure western with a magical twist. In the second instalment we continue to follow Hettie Alabama and company as she tries to dispose of the devil’s revolver, a gun which ages her a year every time she takes a life using it. But, as her journey continues and takes her to Mexico, her problems just seem to be getting more complicated.

So far this series has got to me one of my favourite discoveries of 2018, which surprises me a
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Koeur
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Publisher: Brain Mill Press

Publishing Date: April 2018

ISBN:9781948559010

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.3/5

Publishers Description: Welcome to the birthplace of the Devil’s Revolver, where magic is draining from the land and untold danger lurks for our truly unforgettable gunslinger heroine, Hettie Alabama. The second book in the Devil’s Revolver series follows Hettie and her crew south of the Wall into Mexico, where they must unmake the Devil’s Revolver while conf
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Holly
When I saw the blog tour announcement from Xpresso Book Tours for The Devil’s Standoff by V.S. McGrath, something about the synopsis (and the incredible cover) just reached out and grabbed me, so I requested to join. Boy, am I ever so glad that I did! I absolutely loved The Devil’s Standoff, as well as the first in the series, The Devil’s Revolver. What a thrill ride! (A quick note: you should definitely read these in order, as they are a continuous story and you will likely be lost if you try t ...more
Amy
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This duology is truly amazing. Look no further if you want an action-packed, extremely well written, very emotional, adventure.

I love this book. The characters have so much depth, the new characters we're introduced to are all so vivid and layered, and the plot is twisty, action-packed, thrilling, and intelligent. There is romance (which was nonexistent in the first book) but it's always in the background and - tiny spoiler alert - it doesn't actually end up going anywhere.

The women of this se
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Edwin Rydberg
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The Devil’s Standoff picks up shortly after the end of The Devil’s Revolver, where we see Hettie Alabama, her sister, and companions ‘Uncle Jeremiah, and Walker Woodroffe making their cautious way to the Mexican border, desperate to avoid any attention from either the Pinkerton Agency or the American Division of Sorcery. Events conspire against them, however, and they force their way through a heavily magicked border wall before racing for the home of Javier Punta, where many surprises await the ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hettie and her sister are travelling to Mexico, where the demonic revolver, El Diablo, was first created in the hope they can finally destroy it an Hettie can get her life back

But the journey has complicates - crossing the magical wall into Mexico isn’t easy and despite all their efforts, local politics catches them as a General with a full army behind him is less than happy with the magical independence of Villa Del Punta. And the town itself has divisions inside - not least of which with Walke
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Bob
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review for The Devil's Revolver: Not my usual fare - there are a few writers of westerns I frequent, but I find most westerns too moribund with clichés for me to enjoy. This series however definitely comes under the "weird western" category.. There's a steampunk feel about it - although magic substitutes as the power source of this version of the Wild West. There's magic, deviltry, and a wall across the Mexican border to keep the USA out! My only quibble is that there is too much reliance on plo ...more
Zuzana899
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t not give 5 stars.

It’s not easy to find a fresh captivating book nowadays. This series is exactly that. I hope there will be at least one next book because there are so many things open and.. I just like more romance in books and here is definitely room for it.

Big thanks goes to Netgalley for this ARC.
Rebecca
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Searing Western fantasy adventure for fans of Wake of Vultures.
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second book of the Devil's Revolver series, starts with a whimper more than a bang. That's probably only to be expected when you're running in circles through the desert trying to shake any and all pursuers. The desert is not just a good place to hide outlaws like Hettie, it's also well-suited to disguising foreshadowing as something less significant. And there are always oasis and rocky outcroppings providing temporary havens.

Most of the action in The Deveil's Standoff takes place in just
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The Devil's Standoff by VS McGrath finds Hettie and her companions in Mexico, at the village of Villa del Punta. They've come at the behest of Walker Woodroffe, to return Diablo to its creator, Javier Punta. He wishes to unmake his deadly creation. But Punta is in a coma, and a vicious cryptid is stalking the area around the village, perhaps drawn to the magical energy node there. The longer Hettie and her friends linger, the more in danger they become. Her sister, Abby, needs training to contro ...more
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While westerns are not my go-to reading experiences, this one was quite enjoyable, blending in elements of science fiction. I also appreciated the powerful female characters who anchor the story. It’s fun, adventurous, and well done - and all part of a larger series.
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V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex), and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011), Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club, In Her Corner (March 2014), A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015), Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016) and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). ...more

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