Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
Tor
Release April 25, 2017

I am interested in stories, the stories we tell each other and the stories we tell ourselves. Buffalo Soldier is about a lot of things, but mostly it is about the importance of stories and the power of story-telling. With this novella, on the surface, we have a steam punk alternate history tale of escape on the road combined with the protection of a golden child, but it is the stories within the story that make Buffalo Soldier sing.

Desmond is on the run with a very important little boy and all he wants to do is keep him safe and allow him to grow up. Meanwhile all the players in the various conspiracies including Tejanos, Pinkertons and Brits want to see Desmond stopped at any cost. If he reaches the First Nations’ territory he might find some safety.

Along the way, everyone tells him some tale of struggle. Ultimately he learns that it is the story which must live. “We do not create out of nothing but rather from what has been here before us. You work from a half-remembered idea, and soon the rest of the story will come to you.”

My only real criticism is that this is too short even for a novella. I want more of this world and soon.

Buffalo Soldier is being released by Tor April 25th, 2017. Order a copy for yourself by clicking here: Buffalo Soldier

Score: 7 out of 10