This was a library find. The title caught my eye first but then the cover and description sealed the deal.
The year is 1864.
Sister Thomas Josephine, an innocent Visitandine nun from St. Louis, Missouri, is making her way west to the promise of a new life in California. When her wagon train is attacked on the wild Laramie Plains, Thomas Josephine finds her faith tested and her allegiance torn between Lieutenant Theodore F. Carthy, a man too beauitful to be true, and the mysterious grifter Abraham C. Muir.
Falsely accused of murder she goes on the run, all the while hunted by a man who has become dangerously obsessed with her. Her journey will take her from the forbidding, snow-blasted mountain peaks to the hottest, most hostile desert on earth, from Nevada to Mexico to the Indian Territory, and her faith will be tested in ways she could never imagine.
I’m not usually one for the Western genre but I couldn’t help but to make an exception for this one. I think going to a convent school for a huge chunk of my childhood probably has a lot to do with why the title Nunslinger drew me in so easily but I’m glad it did if this book turns out to be as entertaining as it sounds.
When I finally sat down to start reading this book (about a week into it being overdue and unrenewable) I realized it was broken up into twelve ‘books’. A quick look at Goodreads suggested it had probably been sold as individual publications so I decided it totally wouldn’t be cheating if I counted each book separately on Goodreads even though I’d picked up all twelve in one book. I mean, I am months behind on my reading challenge soooooo…
Anyway, I finally got started. My initial impressions were mixed, mostly because I started it immediately after staying up to finish Dracul and promptly passing out on like page 2. Not even kidding, I barely made it through the first chapter and it was a whopping half a page long. Once I’d reread the first two chapters the next day after sleeping and gone further in, I realized the short, snappy style of the first couple chapters was indicative of the rest of the novel. It does make for really pacey reading which seems to work in this case. There’s no dawdling for random descriptions of scenery or musings, it’s straight to the point but not in an off-putting way and not at the cost of losing character depth.
By the end of the first ‘book’ I was very eager to get on to the next.