Fury of the Storm Wizard by Shauna E. Black is a potent combination of western adventure and fantasy wizardry. Personally, I would love it if every western themed novel had been written this way, it makes it far more interesting for someone like me that finds westerns to be boring.
Fury of the Storm Wizard: 9 out of 10
Set in the days of cowboys and the early life of the steam engine, the author has created a phenomenal new manner of wizardry and mage life. The story starts with a healthy dose of mystery and intrigue that takes almost the entire book to unravel and resolve, always leaving you hungry for the next tidbit.
The build towards the climax is masterfully accomplished. Like most westerns, the story starts slow. There are plenty of scenes of characters sitting around the dinner table or riding the train or brushing out a horse - albiet mixed in with a good sprinkling of wizardry and the magically mundane (those exciting moments when you learn of another thing that would be mundane if you lived in this magical world, but are quite exciting to muggles like us). It continues to build in excitement and prevalence of wizardry until the thoroughly magic-packed battle at the peak of the climax.
Overall, Fury of the Storm Wizard is a marvelous story! It is another that I wholeheartedly endorse. As mentioned earlier, if you like the classic westerns unlike me, this is probably a must-read for you.
Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Fury-Storm-Wizard-Thunderstruck-Volume/dp/1940855012