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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (950 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Bull Narrator: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781427205421
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Wyatt Earp. Doc Holliday. Ike Clanton.

You think you know the story. You don't.

Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it.

Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. A magician can drain his friends' strength to strengthen himself, and can place them between him and danger. The one with the most friends stands to win the territory.

Jesse Fox left his Eastern college education to travel West, where he's made some decidedly odd friends, like the physician Chow Lung, who insists that Jesse has a talent for magic. In Tombstone, Jesse meets the tubercular Doc Holliday, whose inner magic is as suppressed as his own, but whose power is enough to attract the sorcerous attention of Wyatt Earp.

Mildred Benjamin is a young widow making her living as a newspaper typesetter, and--unbeknownst to the other ladies of Tombstone--selling tales of Western derring-do to the magazines back East. Like Jesse, Mildred has episodes of seeing things that can't possibly be there.

When a failed stage holdup results in two dead, Tombstone explodes with speculation about who attempted the robbery. The truth could destroy Earp's plans for wealth and glory, and he'll do anything to bury it. Meanwhile, outlaw leader John Ringo wants the same turf as Earp. Each courts Jesse as an ally, and tries to isolate him by endangering his friends, as they struggle for magical dominance of the territory.

Events are building toward the shootout of which you may have heard. But you haven't heard the whole, secret story until you've read Emma Bull's unique take on an American legend, in which absolutely nothing is as it seems...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Splendid ideas and beguilingly life-like characters . . . A refreshing, ingenious hardcover debut! Kirkus Reviews on Finder

  • A delightful bit of alchemy that deftly blends the detective and fantasy genres . . . The tragedy seeps through the thrills, humor, and relationships so slowly that one finds the tears on one's cheeks with a shock. School Library Journal on Finder
  • Resembling the works of Tolstoy and Dickens in the plethora of characters, Stoker and Mary Shelley in the exposition, the novel brings together intrigue, adventure, politics, and magic in a complex epic that astonishes the reader. Library Journal on Freedom and Necessity
  • Original and convincing…One to read for the sheer wonder of seeing a master storyteller at work. Chicago Sun-Times on War for the Oaks
  • Knifes through the fantasy genre like a sharp blade of wind. Charles de Lint on War for the Oaks

  • Among shortlisted titles for World Fantasy Award - Finalist, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 2/13/2014

    " A fun take on Tombstone. You will probably like it if you're familiar with the characters involved and enjoy the Western milieu. What if Wyatt Earp was a wizard? Not a Harry Potter style wizard, exactly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen Johnson | 2/6/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It was well written and engaging. However it left a lot of threads hanging at the end. It seems to call for a sequel, but I'm not sure that was the author's intent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dida | 2/2/2014

    " One of perhaps the best books I'd read in a long time, when this one came along for me to check out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kat | 1/3/2014

    " Took me a few chapters to get into this because the Western setting is not the sort of thing I would usually read. I liked it a lot by the end, though I felt it ended rather abruptly. Didn't like this one as much as Freedom and Necessity, but it was pleasant enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/29/2013

    " It was okay. I've definitely read better books by Emma Bull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 12/25/2013

    " One of the best books I've read all year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 farmwifetwo | 10/29/2013

    " I think it was the Wild West plot that simply didn't interest me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 5/23/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, the first I've read by Emma Bull. I'd like to read others. Her characters are engaging and she's a good writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Schaff-Stump | 2/13/2013

    " Bull recreates the feel of the West very well in this strong book. It's an interesting reinterpretation of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. I wanted more closure, but on the whole, I was satisfied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mizgrimalkin | 1/11/2013

    " I didn't like it. It is the first Emma Bull story that I haven't enjoyed. The subject matter was interesting enough, but never as indepth as it could have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/15/2012

    " Slow beginning, the middle was good, and the end just felt like the author was just trying to get the book finished as fast as possible. Very anticlimactic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 11/3/2012

    " Interesting tale. Ready for the next installment. We've waited a long time for a new novel from Emma. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 8/23/2012

    " Odd, and it did not have a satisfying ending. I will forgive a lot in a book if the conclusion is good- but to drag on a long book with a non-ending...not even a cliffhanger just a .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly McBisterson | 8/5/2012

    " Emma Bull is a fine, fine writer. I'm not sure if anyone else could have sold me on a Western frontier fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 8/2/2011

    " Fantastic writer-recommended by Kelly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 4/28/2011

    " I wanted to wrap myself in this book. Unusual, intricate, terrifying and inspiring. Utterly original. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sc | 4/26/2011

    " Completely dull and uninteresting - flat characters, no discernable storyline. Gave up half way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 3/29/2011

    " A wicked twist of the tale of "Tombstone,AZ" Loved it, read it a year ago and it comes into my thoughts quite often! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/13/2011

    " Magic set in the wild west : Wuatt Earp as a magic user and magic stealer (from other people) using his powers to kill at a distance and the unwilling magic user who ends up locking Earp's power. Really good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Choco-cat | 12/30/2010

    " I found this book a bit slow and didn't really capture my attention...although not quite slow enough for me to totally give up on it. In all fairness, it was set in the "wild west" which is not really my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 12/20/2010

    " Kept waiting for this to get good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 11/4/2010

    " Interesting read -- very different take on the 'wild west'
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/1/2010

    " Very interesting - science fiction meets the Old West. Held my interest but not sure if I would read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 10/25/2010

    " My first kindle book. This was such a good story that I forgot I was reading an e-book. A real vacation-change-of-pace. I hope the author writes a sequel because she stopped just short of a famous Wyatt Earp event. "

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About the Narrators

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.

Michael Kramer is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, and recipient of a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an actor and director in the Washington, DC, area, where he is active in the area’s theater scene and has appeared in productions at the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and Theater J.