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Two years after the Civil War, Pinkerton agent Ed Morrow has gone undercover with one of the weird West's most dangerous outlaw gangs - the troop led by "Reverend" Asher Rook, ex-Confederate chaplain turned "hexslinger," and his notorious lieutenant (and lover) Chess Pargeter. Morrow's task: get close enough to map the extent of Rook's power, then bring that knowledge back to help Professor Joachim Asbury unlock the secrets of magic itself. Caught between a passle of dead gods and monsters, hexes galore, Rook's witchery, and the ruthless calculations of his own masters, Morrow's only real hope of survival lies with the man without whom Rook cannot succeed: Chess Pargeter himself! But Morrow and Chess will have to literally ride through Hell before the truth of Chess's fate comes clear - the doom written for him, and the entire world, in A Book of Tongues.

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"A Pinkerton detective infiltrates a Wild West gang led by a spell-casting preacher in this boundary-busting horror — fantasy debut. Agent Ed Morrow is dispatched by a professor of magical research to evaluate the 'hexslinging' abilities of Rev. Asher Rook, a renegade chaplain who survived his own hanging, and his lover, the prickly sharpshooter Chess Pargeter. As Morrow becomes part of the gang, the Aztec goddess Ixchel slowly seduces Rook into a bloody ritual marriage that endangers Pargeter and leads their followers down a road to hell. Files smoothly weaves an unusual magic system, Aztec mythology, and a raunchily explicit gay love story into a classic western tale of outlaws and revenge. Though it grows somewhat cumbersome in the leadup to a cliffhanger that demands resolution in the planned sequel, this promising debut fully delivers both sizzling passions and dark chills." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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nrlymrtl, July 7, 2012 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
This nitty-gritty Western cum hex-slinging fantasy is spice-rubbed all over with some steaming hot homoerotic love scenes. Where Rook is level headed most of the time, Chess is volcanic and vicious. These two lovers make an odd match, their strengths and weaknesses bouncing off one another. I found myself looking forward to the next encounter between these two �" will Rook be able to rein in Chess? Will Chess get his way by lashing out? This book was intense through and through. Also, at the beginning of the book, I didn’t really care for Chess; By the end, I was cheering for him.

For the audio version: Gordon MacKenzie was an awesome narrator. He did this deep cowboy bur for Rook and this younger, whipcord voice for Chess. Ed got a level, comforting voice like this personality. MacKenzie also did a great job of pulling off all the foreign words and dialects, from Chinese to Native American to ancient Aztec.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780981297866
Author:
Files, Gemma
Publisher:
Chizine Publications
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Westerns - General
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Magicians
Subject:
Horror
Series:
Hexslinger
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A Pinkerton detective infiltrates a Wild West gang led by a spell-casting preacher in this boundary-busting horror — fantasy debut. Agent Ed Morrow is dispatched by a professor of magical research to evaluate the 'hexslinging' abilities of Rev. Asher Rook, a renegade chaplain who survived his own hanging, and his lover, the prickly sharpshooter Chess Pargeter. As Morrow becomes part of the gang, the Aztec goddess Ixchel slowly seduces Rook into a bloody ritual marriage that endangers Pargeter and leads their followers down a road to hell. Files smoothly weaves an unusual magic system, Aztec mythology, and a raunchily explicit gay love story into a classic western tale of outlaws and revenge. Though it grows somewhat cumbersome in the leadup to a cliffhanger that demands resolution in the planned sequel, this promising debut fully delivers both sizzling passions and dark chills." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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