A Rope of Thorns: Volume Two of the Hexslinger Series [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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A Rope of Thorns: Volume Two of the Hexslinger Series

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sacrificed to the bloodthirsty Aztec goddess Ixchel, flamboyantly queer outlaw Chess Pargeter is reborn and filled with a god's dark power in the powerful sequel to 2010's A Book of Tongues. Ixchel takes Chess's ex-lover Rev. Asher Rook as her hexslinger consort, and they create the magical city of New Azteclan in the desert and summon all hexes there. Meanwhile, Chess and ex-Pinkerton detective Ed Morrow are pursued south by the vengeful revenant Mesach Love, with fast-growing, magical Weed covering the ground in Chess's wake. A slow start yields to a spectacular blend of Aztec religion and Western gunslinging in a richly detailed cycle of blood and sacrifice that eventually draws in the great Pinkerton himself. Potent mythology, complex characters, and dollops of creeping horror and baroque gore establish Files's Hexslinger series as a top-notch horror-fantasy saga. (June)
Library Journal
After sacrificing his lover, the notorious outlaw and "sodomist" Chess Pargeter, to his new consort, the Mayan goddess Ixchel, hexslinger Asher Rook has created "Hex City" in New Mexico as a haven for witches, hexes, and other practitioners of magic. However, the vengeful Pargeter, given new life by the power of his sacrifice, has enlisted the aid of former Pinkerton agent Ed Morrow and a young spiritualist named Yancey Colder and is pursuing Rook. 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. VERDICT 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926851976
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Series: Hexslinger
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 452,822
  • File size: 625 KB

Meet the Author

Gemma Files is the winner of the International Horror Guild Award and the Black Quill Award. She has been nominated for the Lambda, the Stoker and the Shirley Jackson Awards.

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