Krow brings...practical empathy and eye for the odd to her debut novel, Fire Season, a picaresque story of three schemers whose paths cross in 19th-century Spokane just as the Washington Territory is striving for statehood ... Krow places microvignettes—miniature tales of magic, trickery and deception—in and around the novel's main action. She plays fast and loose with the tropes of the frontier novel.
The prose is incantatory ... The characters weigh their options, internally and in dialogue...but seem to care very little about outcomes. Outcomes, the reader gathers, aren’t really the point ... A novel that makes peace with uncertainty.