In the last novel of The Devil’s West trilogy, Isobel, the Devil’s Left Hand, and Gabriel ride through the magical land of the Territory to root out evil by the way of mad magicians, ghosts, and twisted animal spirits.
As Isobel and Gabriel travel to the southern edge of the Territory, they arrive in the free city of Red Stick. Tensions are running high as the homesteading population grows, crowding the native lands, and suspicions rise across the river from an American fort.
But there is a sickness running through Red Stick and Isobel begins to find her authority challenged. She’ll be abandoned, betrayed, and forced to stand her ground as the Devil’s left hand in this thrilling conclusion to The Devil’s West Trilogy.
In the fascinating third Devil's West novel (after 2016's The Cold Eye), 16-year-old Isobel n e Lacayo T vora, the Devil's Left Hand, concludes her initial ride through an alternate 19th-century North America where the territory west of the Mississippi River is alive, full of magic, and governed by the devil himself. When Isobel and her mentor, Gabriel, travel to the city of Red Stick, they discover a whole host of problems, from land disputes to mob brutality, and a rising sense of unease. As the devil's traveling enforcer and arbitrator, it's up to Isobel to discover the source of the region's disquiet and prevent disaster. However, first she has to understand her own changing nature and growing powers. As with the other volumes in the series, Gilman successfully renders a magic-riddled, mysterious, even ambiguous weird West where spirits drop in and out of conversation and danger lurks around every bend in the road. Part coming-of-age story, part adventure, Isobel and Gabriel's journeys don't always offer neat explanations or solutions, but they satisfy nonetheless. This volume doesn't wrap up every thread, but it brings the current story line to an appropriate conclusion while setting up potential future installments.