Wake of Vultures, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand.

She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one.

She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood and he turns to black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see. But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding - at least physically.

The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert.

Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead her to find her true kin ...if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780356506562



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I found this a bit of a plod to get through. Nettie is an abandoned, mixed race child, treated like a slave, who disguises herself as a boy to be able to have the life that will permit her to live as she wants. She discovers that her world is not the world she thought she knew and that she has a part to play in pursuing a supernatural evil. The character was interesting in that she was trying to find out who she was without being defined by her sex or race and the dry, western wasteland with lurking evil in every corner was also interesting, but the story just seemed to take awhile to get where it was going. Perhaps for younger readers?

Also in the The Shadow series