If you’re as much of a fan of Erin Bowman’s books as I am then you’re probably also super excited for her new novel VENGEANCE ROAD to come out this September and you’ve probably also noticed that over this past week, Erin has been revealing the cast of characters over on her tumblr page. I spent the first part of the week in a hotel room in New York, eagerly watching the cast be announced while I desperately (and unsuccessfully) tried to find enough of an internet connection to fanboy about it over on twitter. But I decided that now is as good a time as ever to let it be known how excited I am to meet these characters.
For those of you unfamiliar with VENGEANCE ROAD, it is the upcoming standalone YA Western novel from Erin Bowman, author of the TAKEN Trilogy. It centres around Kate Thompson, who disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains to get revenge on the men who killed her father, as well as answers as to what they killed him for. It will be released on September 1st by HMH. It’s not really a secret that I was a massive fan of Erin’s TAKEN trilogy (TAKEN, FROZEN, and FORGED), and that I’ve been waiting for this book to come out ever since it was first announced last year.
So, without further ado, below is a list of the five main players in this upcoming novel, with short descriptions of all of them from Erin Bowman!
Disguised as a boy, Kate takes to the plains looking to avenge her father’s murder. When she discovers he was killed for a journal revealing the location of a gold mine, Kate presses on despite the warning that “gold makes monsters of men.”
JESSE & WILL COLTON
Always looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow.
THE ROSE RIDERS
Led by the ruthless Waylan Rose, this infamous gang preys on Arizona’s stagecoach lines. According to Jesse, Rose is the “meanest hog in the Territory” and doesn’t spare anyone–not even women or children–when gold is at stake.
Separated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.
A German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?
And after just being revealed yesterday, you can watch the trailer for VENGEANCE ROAD below and get even more hyped for the awesome that is this book!
Seriously, how great does is seem like this book is going to be? As part of the Vengeance Road Posse (thanks again to Erin for letting me be a part of that group!) I’ve had the privilege of being able to read the first few chapters and I can guarantee that from the very first line, the book opens in a fantastic way. I can’t wait to get to know Kate, the Colton Boys, the Rose Riders, Liluye, and Jacob Waltz more when the book finally comes out on September 1st.