The Author Visits Reviews One Night in Sixes

One Night in Sixes Book Cover One Night in Sixes
Children of the Drought One
Tex Thomspon
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Western
July 29, 2014

Note - I received a copy of this book from Netgalley as I still wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive from Amazon. The opinions stated in this review of One Night in Sixes are solely my own.

A fantasy western, the debut novel, One Night in Sixes is the first in the Children of the Drought series by author Arianne “Tex” Thompson.

I’ve never come across a book quite as unique as this. The premise isn’t complicated; two ranch workers, Sil Halfwick, a white man from up north and a very determined horse salesman and his mixed-race, part human, part Sundowner mule (mixed race side-kick) Appaloosa Elim, set out to sell some horses. But the town where Sil and Elim are headed, the town of Sixes, isn’t like any other town.

Sixes is a place where by day, things appear to be normal on the surface, but as the sun sets, the true nature of this fantasy land comes alive and not necessarily in a good way.

War ravaged with danger lurking in the adobe buildings of this town on the wrong-side of the river, Elim is all too aware of not wanting to be caught in the cross-hairs of the mayhem that night brings out in Sixes.

But it’s too late and the loyal Elim follows the hardheaded Sil into a land ripe with mystery that is appealing as it unfolds on the pages and we learn about what drives Elim’s fear of this notorious town and the races that inhabit the sunburned lands with a history that is bloody and not to be forgotten.

It is a complex piece of work. I am glad a glossary was included because it was necessary when trying to define the distinct terms of the languages of the land and people of Sixes.

There are a multitude of characters which adds to the robustness of the work where without, there would be a watering down of a story deserving of the many different view points that adds to the multi-dimension-ness of the book.

A distinct story, a fantastic setting, a plethora of characters of different races, creeds and religions and don’t forget the many languages and you have a makings of an epic with One Night in Sixes.

I do believe in the trite but true cliché, “nothing ventured nothing gained.” With One Night in Sixes, I stepped out of my reading comfort zone to take on a work that has a simple plot but is intricate in story telling.

Witty, brimming with charisma that is showcased in dialogue and description, elaborate despite the premise and overall, intricately woven and highly entertaining -- Thompson’s writing is a gift.

I found myself smiling as I imagined some of the exchanges between Elim and Sil or the other characters out loud, imagined the the drawl of the westerners arguing about this, talking about that which added another dimension to this unconventional fantasy.

This is a work not meant for the weary or close-minded. This is a work that stands above most because it travels down a path less taken. Written with a fresh voice, readers should expect to come to every page ready for more depth and complexity as the characters on a simple mission get embroiled in a mysterious fantasy unlike any other.

If you enjoy fantasy with a western twist or a western with a twist of fantasy, then One Night in Sixes is right up your alley.

My rating: it’s a must read all the way!

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The Author Visits Reviews Tex Thompson’s debut, One Night in Sixes

Appaloosa Elim is a man who knows his place.  On a good day, he’s content with it. 

Today is not a good day. 

Today, his so-called “partner” – that lily-white lordling Sil Halfwick – has ridden off west for the border, hell-bent on making a name for himself in native territory.  And Elim, whose place is written in the bastard browns and whites of his cow-spotted face, doesn’t dare show up home again without him. 

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

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.

The first book in an epic fantasy western series, “ONE NIGHT IN SIXES tears the covers off the Western and Fantasy genres and turns them into something that will grip you from the first page to the last.”  Coming July 29th from Solaris

“Clearly written and engaging” – Publishers Weekly

“If you loved Stephen King’s Dark Tower series – or even if you’re a hardened Cormac McCarthy fan – you will find this book right inside your wheelhouse.  I loved it.” – Paul Kearney, author of The Ten ThousandHawkwood and the Kings, and A Different Kingdom

“Sixes is a tinderbox of a town with tensions just waiting to go off – and Sil and Elim provide the match to set the volatile town ablaze.” – GCE

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