A Book of Tongues: Volume One of the Hexslinger Series

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Harper Collins, Apr 10, 2012 - Fiction - 278 pages
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Black Quill Award Winner, Best Small Press Chill (2011)

Nominee for the 2011 Best Novel Spectrum Award

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.

Magicians, cursed by their gift to a solitary and painful existence, have never been more than a footnote in history. But Rook, driven by desperation, has a plan to shatter the natural law that prevents hexes from cooperation, and change the face of the world-a plan sealed by an unholy marriage-oath with the goddess Ixchel, mother of all hanged men. To accomplish this, he must raise her bloodthirsty pantheon from its collective grave through sacrifice, destruction, and apotheosis.

Caught between a passel 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.

  

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The writing is visceral, descriptive, brutally elegant. - Goodreads
The book has a rather anticlimactic ending and then.... - LibraryThing
The prose is drop dead gorgeous without being boggy. - Goodreads
But I could never lose myself in this writing style. - LibraryThing
The prose is dense and atmospheric. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Katyas - LibraryThing

Please note: I read this book in November, 2011 from an e-galley I received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Book Info: Genre: Weird Western/Supernatural Horror/Steampunk Reading Level ... Read full review

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User Review  - lkernagh - LibraryThing

I will admit I really didn't have any idea what I was in for when I decided to read this one. I loved the cover and figured a post American Civil War alternate history story with magic, mythology and ... Read full review

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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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