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The long wait for a new Emma Bull has been rewarded; 'Territory' is well-written, humorous, sharp-edged, and much more historically accurate than the beguiling preface would suggest. It is very definitely the first part of something; it's not just that it leaves many, many plot points unresolved, to be addressed in the subsequent book(s), it's also that it does more to build complexity in character and relationships than to provide a really gripping story arc that can stand alone. There is action, adventure, drama, humor, and things changing and developing, but it's not paced like a stand-alone novel. I enjoyed the complexity of the foundation laid in this first volume, as well as enjoying its story, characters, and dialogue (perhaps especially dialogue), but I found myself wishing for just a little steeper a plot arc, even though I know it's the first piece of something and I like it that way.
My first time through it, I felt a little flat at the ending. But in its praise, I can say that every time I've listened to it again since then, I've enjoyed it more and more.
The readers are both *extremely* good. Kate Reading does a marvelous job, which is what I have come to expect from her. I think it's a pity that the production gave us one male reader for two different male point-of-view characters (Jesse Fox and Doc Holliday), but Michael Kramer does a fine job with a challenging task.
I wavered between giving this a 4 and a 5. As I finish writing this review, I'm still not sure. And I don't hand out 5's often.
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Western and fantasy all mixed together? I wasn't sure I'd like it but it sounded different and I am tired of same old same old, so I gave it a chance. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! The characters are interesting, the story grabs you, and the narrator is excellent. And here's where the big but comes in. I finished it and immediately came to Audible to buy the next book because this is the first in the sequel. But...there isn't a next book. This was published in 2008 and if there has been a sequel published, Audible doesn't have it. And this book does not have an ending. It just stops, waiting for the non-existent sequel to pick up and carry on. I'm still glad I read it but I think it should be made clear that there is no ending and most likely will never be one.
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