“Deadlands: Boneyard” by Seanan McGuire starts slowly but gains momentum until it culminates in an exciting and horrific climax. There are plenty of eerie and uncanny elements that range from the remarkable creatures in Annie Pearl’s wagon of oddities to those she’s left behind and those she discovers when the circus settles in a remote town in Oregon. It was chilling and fascinating to watch her dexterity at dealing with the dangers that surround her even as one has to admire the backbone and courage that is both innate and a result of her strong maternal instinct.
The story can be read as a stand-alone tale and is filled with the author’s trademark quirky characters and vivid descriptions. I am not familiar with this series but will warn squeamish folks that there is horror and violence vividly portrayed and this is a book I wouldn’t recommend reading in the dark of the wee hours if you have a nervous disposition!
This book is part of the ‘Deadlands’ series and combines a variety of genres—horror, wild west, steampunk, and fantasy—in a tale that follows Annie Pearl and her mute daughter Adeline as they travel with a circus that steadily moves west as winter approaches. Annie’s care for the dangerous creatures in the freakish branch of the circus offerings has trained her to be fearless and resourceful, qualities that will be essential when she has to find her lost child while surrounded by horrific dangers, including some she thought she had escaped when she left her previous life behind her.
The newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!
Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you!
Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past . . . and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect.
Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a travelling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town.
The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter—and the circus—from both.
A gripping tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of DEADLANDS, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.
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