My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Maggie lives in the Old West, surrounded by dirt, rough men, barmaids, hard work – and magic. The gold rush is nothing compared to the frenzied mining in Colorado for the bones of extinct magical creatures, relics that can confer power to the holder. Those with powerful relics can attack with fire, heal the worst of wounds, and even become invisible.
Maggie grew up steeped in the lore of the relics, and can identify any of them on sight. Her knowledge of them make her irresistible to Alvar Castilla a wealthy baron whose relic collection rivals any other. Alvar believes Maggie is not only familiar with relics, but that they call to her because of an inherent skill that makes her able to wield their power deftly.
After a fire destroys her home, kills her brother and very nearly takes her little sister away as well, Maggie should welcome the safety and riches of Castilla’s hacienda. But she’s overheard conversations that make her think his motives aren’t entirely pure, and she’s not sure he’s the right person to affix herself – and her powers – to.