When a threat looming over the dead and the living is exposed, a ghost teenager has to race across the Wild West afterlife, phantom posse in tow, to save her friend and the world.

Seventeen-year-old Ashen Deming is dead, but she can’t move on. Not with the soul of her best friend on the line. He is stuck in a horrific curse—a curse no spirit knows how to break.

Ashen is determined to find a cure, but at every turn opposing factions try to snatch her for themselves. As the menacing specters close in, a new threat is exposed—one that looms over the dead and the living—and Ashen and her posse of ghosts have one brief chance to stop them. If they fail, the entire world will be lost to darkness forever.

But Ashen’s time is running out. If she doesn’t cross over soon, she will be damned to roam the haunted city for eternity.


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A page-turning novel that looks at big questions through the unexpected coming-of-age (after death)...

...Engaging and so well-written it’s hard to believe this is Forbes’ first novel, this is a YA Fantasy that takes the reader on a very different, wholly fascinating, ride. Highly recommend to readers of all ages.

Helen Bleck

The action moves fast, and every word matters. This is a book you can't skim, and you won't be able to put down. It will stay with you, long after you finish. Highly recommended.


A great, fast-paced fantasy with memorable characters. I was particularly fond of the flashback historical fiction segments interspersed throughout, but the whole book is well worth reading.

Ry Herman

This is one of the more enjoyable novels I've read this year: standout characters, a unique afterlife setting, and a fast-paced plot that rockets toward an exciting final showdown between the forces of light and dark...

...All in all, a very strong debut novel that kept me turning pages late into the night. Highly recommended!

JosH Roberts
Author of The Witches of Willow Cove


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