Published Date: October 11, 2016
Publishing Co.: Orbit
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Review of the first book in the series: Wake of Vultures – Book Review.
Rhett Walker is the Shadow. What that means is still a bit of a mystery to him. What he does know is that he follows his gut feeling into the monster den and kills what needs killin’. This time around Rhett and his friends are begged to take care of a railroad boss that cuts off pieces of his monster workers to fuel building the railroad. A monster that scares and controls other monsters makes quite the villain.
The most important part of this story really isn’t the plot line even though that’s enjoyable. It’s more the journey of self discovery of the main character Rhett, who was previously Nettie Lonesome. You see, Rhett is not only half black, half Native American, he’s also transgender in an era/world where such a thing is not heard of. I cannot give the author Lila Bowen enough credit in how well they portray what that life looks like from the inside.
This is both the tale of the struggle against hate of various forms, and also the love and acceptance of the person. The compassion of Rhett’s friends is so important and moving. I recommend that if you have someone in your life that is LGBTQ you gift them this book series. Let it share hope in their darkest days when the world is being a right evil place. Hell, gift it to everyone. Everyone could use more compassion in their life. Nettie/Rhett is a very likable character, and maybe that relation may help someone who’s close-minded, open up a little.