One Night in Sixes

One Night in Sixes

by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson

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The border town called Sixes is quiet in the heat of the day. Still, Appaloosa Elim has heard the stories about what wakes at sunset: gunslingers and shapeshifters and ancient animal gods whose human faces never outlast the daylight.

And the daylight is running out. Elim's so-called 'partner' - that lily-white lordling Sil Halfwick – has disappeared inside the old adobe walls, hell-bent on making a name for himself among Sixes' notorious black-market traders. Elim, whose worldly station is written in the bastard browns and whites of his cow-spotted face, doesn't dare show up home without him.

If he ever wants to go home again, he'd better find his missing partner fast. But if he's caught out after dark, Elim risks succumbing to the old and sinister truth in his own flesh - and discovering just how far he'll go to survive the night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781082386
Publisher: Solaris
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Children of the Drought Series , #1
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Arianne 'Tex' Thompson is an instructor, a professional speaker, and an enthusiastic member of the DFW Writers Workshop. She lives in Dallas with her husband and a refurbished cat named Peaches.

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One Night in Sixes 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JeremyWB More than 1 year ago
Tex Thompson's genre-bending novel is, in a word, amazing. She has done a truly marvelous job of weaving together a new fantasy epic with all the associated magic and the supernatural beings, with the threads of the traditional tropes of a Western. The resulting combination is a wonderfully clever, well-paced and gripping story that unites the best of both genres. The characters are intriguing, and very much creatures of their genres who nonetheless never repeat tired cliches. One of Thompson's real gifts is hinting and showing, but not telling. There is an immense backstory to the world she has created here, but she never makes the mistake of writing an infodump. She reveals her characters' pasts, her world's social structures, etc., more through implication than through direct explanation, something I find refreshing and a mark of true craftsmanship. Her book is a joy, and well worth the read. Yes, as a Western/fantasy there are some natural overtones of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, but that is a good thing, trust me.
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
The overall plot in One Night in Sixes is often cloaked in the mistaken identity of a slow and meandering story. Don’t be fooled. The reader is accorded no restful moments as the story shifts and undulates without apology. Startling events methodically unfold and reveal the fleshy underbelly of racism, hatred, greed, prejudices, and multi-faced liars. Amidst this muck and mire lies beauty in unassuming characters and bold heroes alike. Is the story complex? Yes. Is the story confusing? At times. But this complexity and confusion are layered in One Night in Sixes, and through thoughtful and mindful comprehension, the reader is rewarded with a story rife with deeply developed characters that show all sides of humanity: the good, the bad, and the indifferent. For me, One Night in Sixes is a clearly muddled presentation of how humans can shape shift when it fits a purpose, good and evil. The overall story assigns labels to identify the Other and the privileged and identify people veiled as the high and mighty and those constantly underfoot or camouflaged to stay alive. Duality is a stark theme here: night and day, hot and cold, water and earth, dark and light, man and beast, human and inhuman, and opposite worlds on either side of the river. Appaloosa Elim is both brown and white but neither brown nor white. He is a half, a speckled mule, an abomination with no sure foothold in any world. But it is through Elim that the reader sees and feels the frustration of this strange world saturated with prejudices and hierarchy. The reader becomes ensnared in Elim’s resentment of needing to chase after and protect Sil Halfwick, a hot-headed Northman hell bent on a fool’s errand. Elim both hates and loves Sil, ultimately forging an unwanted connection that can only have one ending. Interested yet? You should be. One Night in Sixes is not meant to be read halfheartedly or with divided attention. The language is lyrical, beautiful, humorous, and showy. The plot is stratified and rich. The characters are bazaar and recognizable as caricatures of all walks of life. The ending is the beginning of the next adventure. My favorite characters are Fours and Día. They are not whom they pretend to be. They are enigmas wrapped in seeming conformity and servitude. I would love to learn more of their stories. A much-needed glossary is located at the end, but a quick reference to its existence before the start of this intriguing and highly complex story would be helpful.
Vishvakarman More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally a fan of westerns or fantasy novels, but this one might convert me to both. A tapestry of characters well-woven together with relatively normal conflicts in an extraordinary world. Unexpected twists and turns, and the true signal of a good story - when it was over I couldn't stop cooking-up story ideas with these characters and this world!
JBSanders More than 1 year ago
A tour de force in a rural fantasy as it looks at an alternate history where magic is as real as the people, Not the usual fare of elves and dwarves, but a world where the native tribes still are in touch with the spirits of the land and air, and the half breed hero is sent on a reluctant quest.
JaneMM More than 1 year ago
One Night in Sixes is a phenomenal book. It is an intelligent story. At first I had difficulty getting into this book. I stuck with it and I am so glad I did. The western setting was different than anything I have read before. The diversity of characters is very welcome. The worldbuilding is such that I felt as if I could feel the sun on my skin, smell the horses, taste the dirt, and experience thirst. Elim, Sil, and the people of Sixes became real. Experience their story. Read One Night in Sixes.