Lackey and Edghill, amazingly, blend three different genres in a way that is so balanced you cannot label this only a zombie, western or steampunk novel. It is the best of all three, and for that I applaud them! However, readers will hate that they leave loose ends (even though it implies a sequel), and the pacing could be better. The historical language lends authenticity to the story, though it detracts from the suspense.
Jett Gallatin has been masquerading as a gunslinger and a boy, searching the West for her missing brother. Gibbons is a young inventor, travelling the continent disproving scams. White Fox is an Indian-raised army scout. When a terrified Jett stumbles upon Gibbons and White Fox, babbling of being attacked by the undead, Gibbons is skeptical. But, at night, the zombies strike, and the three unlikely comrades must discover what can stop something that has already been killed. (BLOOMSBURY, Jun., 320 pp., HC, $16.99, ISBN: 9781599906843,12 & Up)