It's not easy starting over. Not for Daelin Long who lost her dream job in NYC and has to go to her sister's house in the tiny Oregon town of Settler. Nor is it for Earl Blacke who was a famed outlaw in 1888 but now a cowboy atoning for his sins in modern day Settler. It doesn't help that Daelin's sister is missing and there's rumors of phantoms and missing heads. Earl must keep his secrets, but to save Daelin and Settler, he'll have to risk something more.
An incredibly original tale of brave small town folks, cowboys, and monsters. It's urban fantasy, science-fiction, and steampunk wrapped within an action-packed plot and a quirky cast of characters. Settler has a small town flair, but something even more unusual stretching back through its history. The place itself is a fascinating character itself!
Daelin won me over quickly. She lost everything in NYC, and when she came to her sister Charming's home, Charming had gone missing. Thrust into a strange little town away from everything she worked for, Daelin is forced to fight for her life against things she doesn't understand. She's smart and brave, but there is a bookish innocence about her that I adored. Earl is like a knight in dusty cowboy boots. I could feel the weight of his secrets and I wondered if he could remain true to them. There was something I liked about everyone in Settler, and many times, I found myself giggling as I read. The threat looming over the town is a mystery, but no less deadly.
This is the first book in the series, and I can't wait to read more to answer the thousand questions bumping around in my head! I highly recommend THE RIFTERS to everyone.
(review of free book)