After winning the Civil War against the Confederate Wielders, the Union Machinists have outlawed magic to usher in a new age of steam-powered technology. Diah, an alchemist and the only non-wielder in his family, owes his brother for saving his life in the war; so when Cager is blackmailed into procuring the magical hide of the White Buffalo, Diah accompanies him to the Dakota territory.
Their guide is Oni, a half-Lakota woman with plenty of secrets to hide. She’s a magic wielder with an illegal wand concealed in her knife—and she’s a coyote shifter. To her people, killing the White Buffalo is not only sacrilege, it’s dangerous. Oni has no intention of helping them actually achieve their mission—until she falls in love with Diah…
Definitely an interesting take on steampunk! Most steampunk I have read has been set in the Victorian era. This was instead set in early Americana, sort of old west meets steampunk. I really liked it!
Crista McHugh did an incredible job of drawing me into the world of magic, steampunk, and old west that she created. All of the characters were incredibly well written. I could picture each one in my head.
I certainly hope that Crista McHugh writes more books set in this world.
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