Territory by Emma Bull

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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...

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About Emma Bull

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Emma Bull was born in 1954 in Torrance, California. She now lives in Minneapolis and is also the author of Finder  and Bone Dance.
Published July 10, 2007 by Tor Books. 318 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When a young Chinese prostitute is murdered, Jesse joins his mentor, the wise old physician Chow Lung, to investigate, wondering if somehow the Earps are again involved.

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The youngest Earp, Morgan, was involved and even though Doc Holliday tries to keep it quiet, Wyatt finds out.

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City Book Review

When a young Chinese girl is discovered dead, physician Chow Lung insists that Jesse is the only magic user strong enough to fight the person behind the violence.

Apr 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Territory

Historical Novel Society

In Tombstone, Jesse meets and falls for Mildred Benjamin, a young widow and newspaper reporter, and also meets Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, whose talents and power seem to be an echo of his own.

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Fantasy Literature

Between those two things and the book’s slight size (my copy is 318 pages) I didn’t notice any pacing issues.Good review, but the first line is completely wrong :P The book is detailing the events that lead up to the ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral,’ which occurred in October of 1881, and the book end...

Jul 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Territory

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

From its opening scene of market hotshot Jack Kenderson (Tom Everett Scott) in a state of ecstasy as his fiancee (Nina Garbiras) wiggles beneath the covers of their bed, "The $treet" oozes sexuality.

Nov 01 2000 | Read Full Review of Territory

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