My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It’s a risky move to take another author’s cherished creations and pick up where they left off to tell tales such as this one attempts to do. Finn and Sawyer were who they were because of the era they grew up in and their experiences. To assume they would be identical as adults is to forget that so much more would have happened to them between the novels. That said, I feel the writing was solid and the western atmosphere felt authentic. I wasn’t pulled in by the characters and felt they didn’t live up to their names. Given different names I feel the novel would have easily earned four stars, but taken as it is served it just squeaks by with three. I wasn’t thrilled with the dialogue, especially for the primary characters. It just felt forced and lacked originality or development. The plot thread was well crafted and held throughout the read. Overall, it’s a decent western read with enough going for it to capture additional readers. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for my honest opinion and review.