Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-06-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Apocalypse threatens on all sides in the rousing conclusion to Files's remarkable Hexslinger trilogy (after A Rope of Thorns), set in the post-Civil War American southwest. Magically-corrupt detective Allan Pinkerton's army, with its anti-magic devices and enslaved hexes, advances on the beleaguered Reverend Asher Rook's Hex City (a refuge for persecuted magic-wielders) as a group of women, including dead-speaker Yancy Kloves and the powerful but crippled Chinese hex, Songbird, struggle to aid Chess Pargeter's escape from the underworld. Throughout the proceedings, trickster god Tezcatlipoca roams free in Chess's body, only adding to the mischief. Underlying the plentiful gore are the moral dilemmas of both Pinkerton's more ethical agents and the hexes, whose freedom comes at the terrible price of blood-sacrifices to the goddess Ixchel. With her assemblage of strong female characters balancing the flamboyantly gay Chess and his former lovers, Files turns in a bravura performance, bringing a complex conflict among gods, monsters, hexes, and ordinary humans to a satisfying resolution. (May) A Time Never Lived Terri-Lynne DeFino Hadley Rille (Ingram, dist.), (358p) ISBN 978-0-98496-702-5 This gripping sequel to 2010's Finder brings family drama and magical legend to life. When the psychic Finder Ethen and his beloved Zihariel disappear during their search for the lost Spice Way across the Iabba Desert, the focus shifts to Ethen's son, Victorio, whose Finding talent appears to have failed, and whose relationship with the mercurial Cesilee has grown strained in the wake of her affair with artifact-hunter Sulman "Sully" Kahvek. After a fiery vision of a burning landscape, Victorio, fearing for his father, sets out in pursuit of Ethen, with Cesilee and lonely nobleman Lord Dorquin Shiel in tow. Joined as well by the treasure-seeking Sully and the mysterious Myrie Raleven, Victorio's party begins a dangerous quest across a magnificently-depicted multicultural fantasy world for the legendary city of Valadur. This is a memorable saga of supernatural power and human love from the increasingly impressive DeFino. (May)