You must let blood to get blood.
New Mexico, 1867. As consort to resurrected Mayan goddess Ixchel, hexslinger "Reverend" Asher Rook has founded "Hex City", the first place in all of human history where magicians can live and work together safely. But this tenuous peace is threatened by the approach of Rook's former lover, Chess Pargeter, bent on revenge over Rook's betrayal, as he kills his way toward the very same spot, dragging Pinkerton agent-turned-outlaw Ed Morrow along with him.
Because Chess, sacrificed in Ixchel's name, has become far more than just a hex: his very presence has torn a crack in the world, remaking everything around him. And as the cycle of Chess's power approaches its climax, Chess, Morrow, and a young spiritualist named Yancey Colder - caught up in Chess's vendetta - will all have to shed yet more blood as they face down his mysterious patron demon, known only as the Enemy . . . along with every other enemy Chess has already made along the way.
"This sequel to A Book of Tongues paints a stark, vivid, and gory picture of the 'wild west' in the years following the Civil War. . . . Filled with antiheroes, sacrificial victims, and supernatural beings, Files’s latest is not for the squeamish but should delight fans of gothic Western fantasy and Central American myths." (Library Journal)
"Potent mythology, complex characters, and dollops of creeping horror and baroque gore establish Files's Hexslinger series as a top-notch horror-fantasy saga. (Publishers Weekly)
"For those who yearn for the next Harry Potter-like series, be warned; the brave and resourceful Harry would have been dead and his body desecrated and defiled within five minutes in Files' universe. . . . Where is Files going with all this? I cannot tell, except that the finale will no doubt be apocalyptic in scope, a battle which will make Potter's last stand at Hogwarts seem a slap fight between fifth graders." (Corey Redekop, Shelf Monkey)
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Great book. Too much sexual content.
I would recommend the book. the narrator is great. the setting and magic system is unique. Plus, there is a mystery that is quite intriguing.
Ed Morrow is my favorite character as he is the most grounded and easiest to identify with during the story.
He had the western grit down cold. Also, he managed to really make you feel the emotional content. Plus, the authors prose is a bit stilted and overdone. He was able to read it better than I would have myself.
Weird westen tales.
Just to be up front this book is good. The main drawback is it has INCREDIBLY EXPLICIT scenes of male homosexual acts. I mean blow by blow (pardon the pun) down to what they were using for lube. I tolerated it because the story was so good, but wow does she overdo it. It's like having a really great story and occasionally takes a break to become hardcore gay porn. That's the only reason I couldn't give the book 5 stars. I don't care for that much sex of any type in stories I read and particularly one that isn't my flavor. The book should come with a bottle of hand sanitizer.
- Cliff "I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help."