Just as legends and fragments of history from ancient Britain became the Arthurian tales we know--the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and others, told and retold in innumberable stories and dramatizations, has became a great American myth.
In Emma Bull's Territory, some of the mystery of that brooding, puzzling tale is accounted to the hitherto unrealized presence of magic. It is a story of power, of compulsion, and of consequences. If Roger Zelazny had written a western, or if Susanna Clarke had re-imagined the myths and legends of the American West, the results might have been something like Territory. But only something like. Because nobody writes like Emma Bull.