SOUTHERN BASTARDS meets American Gods in a high-stakes fantasy series that masterfully blends high-octane action and jaw-dropping worldbuilding. In GOD COUNTRY, readers meet Emmett Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia. Emmett isn't just a problem for his children--his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home--as well as the surrounding West Texas town--a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. An enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He's now the only man who can face these otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State... In GOD COUNTRY salvation is a double-edged sword. Collects GOD COUNTRY #1-6Goodreads
During this comic book club we all struggled with what to say. Most people loved the book but it was much harder to put a finger on what we loved about it. The art is absolutely gorgeous from Emmett’s pot belly to the landscapes. Shaw is fantastically consistent and you feel like you know the characters just looking at them or like you passed them on the street.
Cates is making a regular appearance on my pull list with his striking ability to smoothly write darkness with just the right amount of light heartedness. He also blends the familiar with the unfamiliar. The Quinlans struggling with their family issues and Emmett’s dementia could be any of us. Thrust together with the Kingdom of Always gives us an epic with serious heart.
I don’t want to give anything away because I went into it knowing very little and enjoyed it greatly. I think that the genre listed on the trade says it very well. Epic Texan Battle Fantasy