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Territory is one of the coolest books I've read in a long time. It's the classic tale of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Arizona, but with a twist — there's magic at work! It's the first book in a projected series (the famous shoot-out doesn't happen in this one), and I'm anxious to read more. I happily recommend this to readers of fantasy, westerns, and even paranormal historical romances. (And for those of you who follow the thinking that Wyatt Earp was less than the hero Kurt Russell portrayed in the movie, this book is for you.)
Recommended by Stesha, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Wyatt Earp. Doc Holliday. Ike Clanton.
You think you know the story. You don't.

Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it.

Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. A magician can drain his friends' strength to strengthen himself, and can place them between him and danger. The one with the most friends stands to win the territory.

Jesse Fox left his Eastern college education to travel West, where he’s made some decidedly odd friends, like the physician Chow Lung, who insists that Jesse has a talent for magic. In Tombstone, Jesse meets the tubercular Doc Holliday, whose inner magic is as suppressed as his own, but whose power is enough to attract the sorcerous attention of Wyatt Earp.

Mildred Benjamin is a young widow making her living as a newspaper typesetter, and — unbeknownst to the other ladies of Tombstone — selling tales of Western derring-do to the magazines back East. Like Jesse, Mildred has episodes of seeing things that can’t possibly be there.

When a failed stage holdup results in two dead, Tombstone explodes with speculation about who attempted the robbery. The truth could destroy Earp's plans for wealth and glory, and he'll do anything to bury it. Meanwhile, outlaw leader John Ringo wants the same turf as Earp. Each courts Jesse as an ally, and tries to isolate him by endangering his friends, as they struggle for magical dominance of the territory.

Events are building toward the shootout of which you may have heard. But you haven't heard the whole, secret story until you've read Emma Bull's unique take on an American legend, in which absolutely nothing is as it seems...

Review:

"World Fantasy-finalist Bull (War for the Oaks) takes huge chances and achieves something distinctively wonderful with this subtle reworking of a western legend. The taming of Tombstone, Ariz., by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and their pal Doc Holliday is a cherished American myth of stoic heroism. Bull approaches the story from a different angle, considering matters that may or may not have escaped Wyatt's chilly attention. When tough-minded widow Mildred Benjamin and drifter Jesse Fox realize that dark magic is manipulating people for a sorcerer's selfish ends, they must decide what they can and should do about it, in the process discovering who they truly are. Mixing fantasy with Old West lore is risky, but Bull takes time to make the place and the people real before undeniably supernatural forces appear. The magic is less flashy than in many fantasy novels, but it's vivid and deeply felt. Readers will think about the story long after it ends, savoring the writing and imagining what the characters might do next." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'World Fantasy — finalist Bull (War for the Oaks) takes huge chances and achieves something distinctively wonderful with this subtle reworking of a western legend. The taming of Tombstone, Ariz., by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and their pal Doc Holliday is a cherished American myth of stoic heroism. Bull approaches the story from a different angle, considering matters that may or may not have escaped Wyatt's chilly attention. When tough-minded widow Mildred Benjamin and drifter Jesse Fox realize that dark magic is manipulating people for a sorcerer's selfish ends, they must decide what they can and should do about it, in the process discovering who they truly are. Mixing fantasy with Old West lore is risky, but Bull takes time to make the place and the people real before undeniably supernatural forces appear. The magic is less flashy than in many fantasy novels, but it's vivid and deeply felt. Readers will think about the story long after it ends, savoring the writing and imagining what the characters might do next. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"

Synopsis:

A magical tale of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral — unlike any other version you have ever read

Synopsis:

A fantasy novel about the famous shootout at the O.K. Corrall…and the hidden magical conflict behind it.

Synopsis:

Just as legends and fragments of history from ancient Britain became the Arthurian tales we know—the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and others, told and retold in innumerable stories and dramatizations, has became a great American myth.

In Emma Bulls Territory, some of the mystery of that brooding, puzzling tale is accounted to the hitherto unrealized presence of magic. It is a story of power, of compulsion, and of consequences. If Roger Zelazny had written a western, or if Susanna Clarke had reimagined the myths and legends of the American West, the results might have been something like Territory. But only something like. Because nobody writes like Emma Bull.

Synopsis:

Wyatt Earp. Doc Holliday. Ike Clanton.

 

You think you know the story. You dont.

 

Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it.

Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. A magician can drain his friends' strength to strengthen himself, and can place them between him and danger. The one with the most friends stands to win the territory.

Jesse Fox left his Eastern college education to travel West, where hes made some decidedly odd friends, like the physician Chow Lung, who insists that Jesse has a talent for magic. In Tombstone, Jesse meets the tubercular Doc Holliday, whose inner magic is as suppressed as his own, but whose power is enough to attract the sorcerous attention of Wyatt Earp.

 

Mildred Benjamin is a young widow making her living as a newspaper typesetter, and--unbeknownst to the other ladies of Tombstone--selling tales of Western derring-do to the magazines back East. Like Jesse, Mildred has episodes of seeing things that cant possibly be there.

 

When a failed stage holdup results in two dead, Tombstone explodes with speculation about who attempted the robbery. The truth could destroy Earp's plans for wealth and glory, and he'll do anything to bury it. Meanwhile, outlaw leader John Ringo wants the same turf as Earp. Each courts Jesse as an ally, and tries to isolate him by endangering his friends, as they struggle for magical dominance of the territory.

Events are building toward the shootout of which you may have heard. But you haven't heard the whole, secret story until you've read Emma Bull's unique take on an American legend, in which absolutely nothing is as it seems...

Emma Bulls War for the Oaks won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her subsequent works have included Falcon, the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-finalist Bone Dance, Finder, and (with Steven Brust) Freedom and Necessity. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

You think you know the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Ike Clanton, but you don't. Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it. Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. The one with the most friends stands to win the territory.

Jesse Fox left his Eastern college education to travel West, where hes made some decidedly odd friends, like the physician Chow Lung, who insists that Jesse has a talent for magic. In Tombstone, Jesse meets the tubercular Doc Holliday, whose inner magic is as suppressed as his own, but whose power is enough to attract the sorcerous attention of Wyatt Earp.

 

Mildred Benjamin is a young widow making her living as a newspaper typesetter, and—unbeknownst to the other ladies of Tombstone—selling tales of Western derring-do to the magazines back East. Like Jesse, Mildred has episodes of seeing things that cant possibly be there.

 

When a failed stagecoach holdup results in two dead, Tombstone explodes with speculation about who attempted the robbery. The truth could destroy Earp's plans for wealth and glory, and he'll do anything to bury it. Meanwhile, outlaw leader John Ringo wants the same turf as Earp. Each courts Jesse as an ally, and tries to isolate him by endangering his friends, as they struggle for magical dominance of the territory.

“Reality shifts like desert sand here. 'You can't always tell the truth of a thing by looking,' one character says, 'no matter how clear you can see it.' The same can be said of Bull's light but smart touch, which keeps the reader alert with rich period details that ring true and equally rich fabrications that subvert expectations.”—Adrienne Martini, The Washington Post

Territory retells the story of the 1881 shootout at Tombstone's O.K. Corral, but no writer has yet approached the event with the same compelling mix of history and fantasy as Emma Bull. She blends historical and fictional characters to great effect; although the story is packed with suspense, romance, violence, and action, the psychologically deep, larger-than-life characters drive the narrative. Bull's spare use of magic and sorcery adds a welcome dimension to this often-told story. Simply put, says SciFi Weekly, Territory is ‘a classic in the making.”—Bookmarks Magazine

“Equal parts alternate history, fantasy, and Western, this remarkable book presents a unique look at the residents of Tombstone, Arizona, circa 1881. The names will be familiar to many readers because of the O.K. Corral exploits of Doc Holliday, the Earp brothers, Ike Clanton, and others. Events leading up to that famous, old West gunfight are featured but not the showdown itself. Instead the emphasis is on sorcerer Wyatt Earp, who manipulates events and the lives of the residents of the newly formed town for his own gain. Working against this dark sorcerer are Jesse Fox, a well traveled horse trainer who reluctantly possesses his own magical powers, and an independent widow, Mildred Benjamin. Their quest to find and stop the dark forces seeking to control Tombstone creates a spellbinding tale. This first volume in a planned two-book series presents a mesmerizing alternate history of the months before an iconic event in American history, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Bull's use of descriptive language is beautiful and striking, allowing the reader to pause and savor phrases that persist long after the book's final pages. The characters are well developed prior to the introduction of the fantasy elements, resulting in a level of realism exceptional in fantasy fiction. This book will appeal to adults as well as older teen readers. Although it stands well on its own, readers will find themselves eagerly awaiting the promised second installment of this thought-provoking story.”—VOYA

“Wyatt Earp and his brothers famously got themselves into a tussle in Tombstone, and due to the assorted badges they wore, the legend of the western lawman was born. Bull skews the events leading up to the shootout into a shadow struggle between sorcerers who divine inexplicable power in the silver-booming land. Someone has killed a Chinese whore in a blood ritual intended to stake a claim. But what sort of claim, and whose? Despite all the marquee names on hand and the fact that Bull's Doc Holliday marvelously embodies his whiskey-addled southern gentleman facade, two of Bull's creations, journalist Mildred Benjamin, who's trying to balance propriety and her increasingly dissonant view of so-called magic, and Jesse Fox, inadvertently drawn into the struggle because of his own affinity for land-sorcery, get the most face time.”—Ian Chipman, Booklist

“In 1881, the Arizona town of Tombstone, rich in minerals for the taking, becomes a magnet for men and women possessing special gifts or hungry for more power than they already have. To this region of natural magic come Wyatt Earp, a master of sorcery; Doc Holliday, whose power belongs to those who can take it; Chow Lung, a Chinese doctor with his own strange abilities; Mildred Benjamin, a writer of Western adventure and a true visionary; and Jesse Fox, a man with a talent for taming horses, among other gifts. The author of War for the Oaks chooses one of the definitive legends of the Wild West as a setting for her latest tale of magic and mysticism, placing a unique spin on the motives behind American history's most famous gunfight. Elegant storytelling and strong characters make this a good selection for most adult and YA fantasy collections.”—Jackie Cassada, Library Journal

“World Fantasy–finalist Bull takes huge chances and achieves something distinctively wonderful with this subtle reworking of a western legend. The taming of Tombstone, Ariz., by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and their pal Doc Holliday is a cherished American myth of stoic heroism. Bull approaches the story from a different angle, considering matters that may or may not have escaped Wyatt's chilly attention. When tough-minded widow Mildred Benjamin and drifter Jesse Fox realize that dark magic is manipulating people for a sorcerer's selfish ends, they must decide what they can and should do about it, in the process discovering who they truly are. Mixing fantasy with Old West lore is risky, but Bull takes time to make the place and the people real before undeniably supernatural forces appear. The magic is less flashy than in many fantasy novels, but it's vivid and deeply felt. Readers will think about the story long after it ends, savoring the writing and imagining what the characters might do next.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Emma Bull's War for the Oaks won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her subsequent works have included Falcon, the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-finalist Bone Dance, Finder, and (with Steven Brust) Freedom and Necessity. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312857356
Author:
Bull, Emma
Publisher:
Tor Fantasy
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081230
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.48 x 0.83 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Territory is one of the coolest books I've read in a long time. It's the classic tale of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Arizona, but with a twist — there's magic at work! It's the first book in a projected series (the famous shoot-out doesn't happen in this one), and I'm anxious to read more. I happily recommend this to readers of fantasy, westerns, and even paranormal historical romances. (And for those of you who follow the thinking that Wyatt Earp was less than the hero Kurt Russell portrayed in the movie, this book is for you.)

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "World Fantasy-finalist Bull (War for the Oaks) takes huge chances and achieves something distinctively wonderful with this subtle reworking of a western legend. The taming of Tombstone, Ariz., by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and their pal Doc Holliday is a cherished American myth of stoic heroism. Bull approaches the story from a different angle, considering matters that may or may not have escaped Wyatt's chilly attention. When tough-minded widow Mildred Benjamin and drifter Jesse Fox realize that dark magic is manipulating people for a sorcerer's selfish ends, they must decide what they can and should do about it, in the process discovering who they truly are. Mixing fantasy with Old West lore is risky, but Bull takes time to make the place and the people real before undeniably supernatural forces appear. The magic is less flashy than in many fantasy novels, but it's vivid and deeply felt. Readers will think about the story long after it ends, savoring the writing and imagining what the characters might do next." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'World Fantasy — finalist Bull (War for the Oaks) takes huge chances and achieves something distinctively wonderful with this subtle reworking of a western legend. The taming of Tombstone, Ariz., by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and their pal Doc Holliday is a cherished American myth of stoic heroism. Bull approaches the story from a different angle, considering matters that may or may not have escaped Wyatt's chilly attention. When tough-minded widow Mildred Benjamin and drifter Jesse Fox realize that dark magic is manipulating people for a sorcerer's selfish ends, they must decide what they can and should do about it, in the process discovering who they truly are. Mixing fantasy with Old West lore is risky, but Bull takes time to make the place and the people real before undeniably supernatural forces appear. The magic is less flashy than in many fantasy novels, but it's vivid and deeply felt. Readers will think about the story long after it ends, savoring the writing and imagining what the characters might do next. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"Synopsis" by , A magical tale of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral — unlike any other version you have ever read
"Synopsis" by ,
A fantasy novel about the famous shootout at the O.K. Corrall…and the hidden magical conflict behind it.
"Synopsis" by ,

Just as legends and fragments of history from ancient Britain became the Arthurian tales we know—the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and others, told and retold in innumerable stories and dramatizations, has became a great American myth.

In Emma Bulls Territory, some of the mystery of that brooding, puzzling tale is accounted to the hitherto unrealized presence of magic. It is a story of power, of compulsion, and of consequences. If Roger Zelazny had written a western, or if Susanna Clarke had reimagined the myths and legends of the American West, the results might have been something like Territory. But only something like. Because nobody writes like Emma Bull.

"Synopsis" by ,
Wyatt Earp. Doc Holliday. Ike Clanton.

 

You think you know the story. You dont.

 

Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it.

Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. A magician can drain his friends' strength to strengthen himself, and can place them between him and danger. The one with the most friends stands to win the territory.

Jesse Fox left his Eastern college education to travel West, where hes made some decidedly odd friends, like the physician Chow Lung, who insists that Jesse has a talent for magic. In Tombstone, Jesse meets the tubercular Doc Holliday, whose inner magic is as suppressed as his own, but whose power is enough to attract the sorcerous attention of Wyatt Earp.

 

Mildred Benjamin is a young widow making her living as a newspaper typesetter, and--unbeknownst to the other ladies of Tombstone--selling tales of Western derring-do to the magazines back East. Like Jesse, Mildred has episodes of seeing things that cant possibly be there.

 

When a failed stage holdup results in two dead, Tombstone explodes with speculation about who attempted the robbery. The truth could destroy Earp's plans for wealth and glory, and he'll do anything to bury it. Meanwhile, outlaw leader John Ringo wants the same turf as Earp. Each courts Jesse as an ally, and tries to isolate him by endangering his friends, as they struggle for magical dominance of the territory.

Events are building toward the shootout of which you may have heard. But you haven't heard the whole, secret story until you've read Emma Bull's unique take on an American legend, in which absolutely nothing is as it seems...

Emma Bulls War for the Oaks won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her subsequent works have included Falcon, the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-finalist Bone Dance, Finder, and (with Steven Brust) Freedom and Necessity. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

You think you know the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Ike Clanton, but you don't. Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it. Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. The one with the most friends stands to win the territory.

Jesse Fox left his Eastern college education to travel West, where hes made some decidedly odd friends, like the physician Chow Lung, who insists that Jesse has a talent for magic. In Tombstone, Jesse meets the tubercular Doc Holliday, whose inner magic is as suppressed as his own, but whose power is enough to attract the sorcerous attention of Wyatt Earp.

 

Mildred Benjamin is a young widow making her living as a newspaper typesetter, and—unbeknownst to the other ladies of Tombstone—selling tales of Western derring-do to the magazines back East. Like Jesse, Mildred has episodes of seeing things that cant possibly be there.

 

When a failed stagecoach holdup results in two dead, Tombstone explodes with speculation about who attempted the robbery. The truth could destroy Earp's plans for wealth and glory, and he'll do anything to bury it. Meanwhile, outlaw leader John Ringo wants the same turf as Earp. Each courts Jesse as an ally, and tries to isolate him by endangering his friends, as they struggle for magical dominance of the territory.

“Reality shifts like desert sand here. 'You can't always tell the truth of a thing by looking,' one character says, 'no matter how clear you can see it.' The same can be said of Bull's light but smart touch, which keeps the reader alert with rich period details that ring true and equally rich fabrications that subvert expectations.”—Adrienne Martini, The Washington Post

Territory retells the story of the 1881 shootout at Tombstone's O.K. Corral, but no writer has yet approached the event with the same compelling mix of history and fantasy as Emma Bull. She blends historical and fictional characters to great effect; although the story is packed with suspense, romance, violence, and action, the psychologically deep, larger-than-life characters drive the narrative. Bull's spare use of magic and sorcery adds a welcome dimension to this often-told story. Simply put, says SciFi Weekly, Territory is ‘a classic in the making.”—Bookmarks Magazine

“Equal parts alternate history, fantasy, and Western, this remarkable book presents a unique look at the residents of Tombstone, Arizona, circa 1881. The names will be familiar to many readers because of the O.K. Corral exploits of Doc Holliday, the Earp brothers, Ike Clanton, and others. Events leading up to that famous, old West gunfight are featured but not the showdown itself. Instead the emphasis is on sorcerer Wyatt Earp, who manipulates events and the lives of the residents of the newly formed town for his own gain. Working against this dark sorcerer are Jesse Fox, a well traveled horse trainer who reluctantly possesses his own magical powers, and an independent widow, Mildred Benjamin. Their quest to find and stop the dark forces seeking to control Tombstone creates a spellbinding tale. This first volume in a planned two-book series presents a mesmerizing alternate history of the months before an iconic event in American history, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Bull's use of descriptive language is beautiful and striking, allowing the reader to pause and savor phrases that persist long after the book's final pages. The characters are well developed prior to the introduction of the fantasy elements, resulting in a level of realism exceptional in fantasy fiction. This book will appeal to adults as well as older teen readers. Although it stands well on its own, readers will find themselves eagerly awaiting the promised second installment of this thought-provoking story.”—VOYA

“Wyatt Earp and his brothers famously got themselves into a tussle in Tombstone, and due to the assorted badges they wore, the legend of the western lawman was born. Bull skews the events leading up to the shootout into a shadow struggle between sorcerers who divine inexplicable power in the silver-booming land. Someone has killed a Chinese whore in a blood ritual intended to stake a claim. But what sort of claim, and whose? Despite all the marquee names on hand and the fact that Bull's Doc Holliday marvelously embodies his whiskey-addled southern gentleman facade, two of Bull's creations, journalist Mildred Benjamin, who's trying to balance propriety and her increasingly dissonant view of so-called magic, and Jesse Fox, inadvertently drawn into the struggle because of his own affinity for land-sorcery, get the most face time.”—Ian Chipman, Booklist

“In 1881, the Arizona town of Tombstone, rich in minerals for the taking, becomes a magnet for men and women possessing special gifts or hungry for more power than they already have. To this region of natural magic come Wyatt Earp, a master of sorcery; Doc Holliday, whose power belongs to those who can take it; Chow Lung, a Chinese doctor with his own strange abilities; Mildred Benjamin, a writer of Western adventure and a true visionary; and Jesse Fox, a man with a talent for taming horses, among other gifts. The author of War for the Oaks chooses one of the definitive legends of the Wild West as a setting for her latest tale of magic and mysticism, placing a unique spin on the motives behind American history's most famous gunfight. Elegant storytelling and strong characters make this a good selection for most adult and YA fantasy collections.”—Jackie Cassada, Library Journal

“World Fantasy–finalist Bull takes huge chances and achieves something distinctively wonderful with this subtle reworking of a western legend. The taming of Tombstone, Ariz., by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and their pal Doc Holliday is a cherished American myth of stoic heroism. Bull approaches the story from a different angle, considering matters that may or may not have escaped Wyatt's chilly attention. When tough-minded widow Mildred Benjamin and drifter Jesse Fox realize that dark magic is manipulating people for a sorcerer's selfish ends, they must decide what they can and should do about it, in the process discovering who they truly are. Mixing fantasy with Old West lore is risky, but Bull takes time to make the place and the people real before undeniably supernatural forces appear. The magic is less flashy than in many fantasy novels, but it's vivid and deeply felt. Readers will think about the story long after it ends, savoring the writing and imagining what the characters might do next.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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