5 Things About Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

January 3, 2018 Review 6 ★★★★

5 Things About Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman
Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman
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Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased
Pages: 374
Release Date: November 7th 2017
Series: Vengeance Road #2
Genres: 19th Century, Action & Adventure, Historical, Western, Young Adult
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

I forgot to take notes

Like the first novel, RETRIBUTION RAILS was very addictive. It is a bit slower pacing wise than VENGEANCE ROAD, but the plot is much more complicated and layered. Once I started I couldn’t stop. I was almost late for the train one day when I just HAD to finish the final 50 pages because I couldn’t stop!!

Old friends return

I knew Kate and Jesse would return for RETRIBUTION RAILS (especially after the set up in that KATE AND JESSE novella), but I didn’t expect them to be present for the great majority of the novel! Also Silver and Rebel and Mutt and Jake! I loved all the little references to the events and settings 10 years ago.

Great new faces

I love Charlotte and Reece just as much as I love Kate and Jesse. They have quite different personalities to the Coltons. Charlotte is not as hot headed as Kate, more intellectual and reserved but still as stubborn as a Donkey. Reece has a lot of moral dilemmas going on, being forced to participate in a gang against his own wishes.

Barely any romance

This is a fact that I both loved and wish was different. RETRIBUTION RAILS has the smallest, tiniest hints of a romantic development over the course of the entire novel. The start of feelings growing but never fully coming to fruition. It was great because it never overtook the plot and character development, but I also really wanted just the tiniest bit more.

A great companion/ sequel

RETRIBUTION RAILS ties up so many questions I had about some of the characters from VENGEANCE ROAD while entertaining me with a new plot. It really was everything I ever wanted.


I couldn’t have asked for a better companion novel to RETRIBUTION RAILS. New characters I love, a well written plot, and plenty of familiar faces. I loved it.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4.4

6 Responses to “5 Things About Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman”

    • Bec

      I was expecting a lot more romance! But the little teases of the beginning of a relationship were great.

      I hope you enjoy it too :D

    • Bec

      Sequels/ companions can be so scary because of the potential to let us down! It’s such a relief that it was good.

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