This has got nothing to do with the Bannon & Clare series and should be considered as a stand alone book in the same universe. It has its own style and mythology – set in the wild west of the old USA.
The first chapter paints Catherine as a prissy, delicate product of her upbringing, but she is quickly proven to be a plucky and kind beneath her stiff manners. It stretches the imagination a bit to have Catherine react so far outside the social norms around her, but I liked her too much to care.
The unfolding tension between Jack’s past, Catherine’s missing brother, and the dangerous events in Damnation were well paced alongside the unfolding mythology of charters and mancy and undead.
This gritty Steampunk Western swept me away down the dusty streets and dangerous alleyways of Damnation, and culminated in a happily-ever-after that you might not see coming.