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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Rising Crow by KL Byles is Book One in a western series that features Jim Morgan, a compelling character that readers will love immediately. Morgan loves to keep his secrets and, of course, he carries with him wounds from his past, and these wounds are marked into his body and soul. Now he arrives in a town in search of fortune and is immediately accused of killing the livery man. Judged in a church and sentenced to be hanged in the morning, he begins to think about what he has to do with his life. Will he docilely walk up to the abattoir or will he use his unusual skills to get free? Set in the 19th century at a time when people loved horses and when the Mayor’s say was incontestable, Rising Crow has all the beautiful elements readers love in western novels.
First off, the characters are wonderfully sculpted and the mystery around Jim Morgan is very intriguing. Readers will want to follow this character through his struggles and triumphs. There is a certain kind of sexiness to his character that can’t go unnoticed, a unique kind of attraction. The plot moves fast and from the first page readers are introduced to the main character and a conflict that drives the plot. Rising Crow deals with a variety of themes, including a man’s search to make sense of his gifts, a passionate love, and heroism. KL Byles shows great imagination in crafting a compelling story filled with rock-solid characters, interesting themes, and a conflict that will arrest the attention of many readers. Rising Crow is an excellent introduction for a series that will be loved by fans of westerns, and Jim Morgan is the kind of character to journey with.