Review of Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire
In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher for review purposes.
What makes a monster a monster?
Is it nature? Choice? Acting? Refusing to act? Is it something inherent in the monster itself or is it inherent in the eye of the beholder?
Seanan McGuire makes you ponder all of these questions and more in the latest Deadlands novel.
Annie Pearl, Adeline, Nathanial Blackstone, and the bevy of supporting characters who make up the travelling Blackstone Family Circus do not ask you to care about them. But their independence and grit make you care, and even more, actively root for them against all manner of calamities on the road whether natural, unnatural, or caused by men.
Seanan McGuire’s lyrical storytelling is nearly impossible to put down. I read it in the quiet dark of the late night, in the cool Autumn just before All Hallow’s Eve. It was a perfect fit.
If you are looking for a mysterious adventure for Halloween or a wonderfully eerie fantasy for anytime, I highly recommend this book.
I give it 5 stars.