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Territory by Emma Bull
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Jun 11, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy
Read in May, 2009

I picked this title up after reading "Finder," by the same author. This story is set in the old-west town of Tombstone, and features the usual suspects, namely the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday. The twist is that both Wyatt and the hero of the story have magical powers that allow them to influence those around them and - in some cases - draw strength from them, either intentionally or unintentionally. Doc Holiday, for instance, is supposed to be basically in thrall to Earp, who is out to grab as much power in the town as he can. In contrast, our hero has not come to terms with his power which is either denied to exist by most of his race or looked down upon sharply. We also have a side helping of race relations with the local China town, and a hint of romance between the female lead and the hero. While the central premise seems interesting enough, the follow-through is weak. The problem is that the story sets off in all the aforementioned directions at once, and ends up feeling very scattered. The plot is hard to find, the narrative meandering, an the climax hard to even identify. And it ends abruptly, with absolutely none of the plot points resolved in anything like a satisfactory manner.
If you want to give Emma Bull a try, read Finder instead.

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