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Medicine for the Dead (Children of the Drought) (edition 2015)

by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson

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Title:Medicine for the Dead (Children of the Drought)
Authors:Arianne 'Tex' Thompson
Info:Solaris (2015), Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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Medicine for the Dead by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson



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The first book of the series, One Night in Sixes, was good. It was a dark western with a hard fantasy twist, set in a unique world. This second book is even better. Even though it's been months since I read One Night, I found this very easy to get into... which says something, since the first book overwhelmed me at times with its broad cast.

The situation is dire all around, as Elim's night in Sixes has caused many ripples through the community and surrounding desert. He's callously hauled through the desert by his captors, a parallel to Indians, as they seek to hold him accountable for the death of one of their own. Elim's one comfort is the presence of one of his horses. Thompson knows her horses, and that realism and Elim's connection to equines adds an extra spark. Everything possible goes wrong on their journey. There's a constant sense of tension and dread.

The book jumps around to other characters as they endure their own personal hells in a style worthy of George R.R. Martin. Many of them converge at the end in a surprising way--a kind of "Oh, crap!" ending that makes me even more excited to read book three. ( )
  ladycato | Apr 5, 2015 |
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The story of Appaloosa Elim continues.
Two years ago, the crow-god Marhuk sent his grandson to Sixes.
Two nights ago, a stranger picked up his gun and shot him.
Two hours ago, the funeral party set out for the holy city of Atali'Krah, braving the wastelands to bring home the body of Dulei Marhuk.

Out in the wastes, one more corpse should hardly make a difference. But the blighted landscape has been ravaged by drought, twisted by violence, and warped by magic - and no-one is immune. Vuchak struggles to keep the party safe from monsters, marauders, and his own troubled mind. Weisei is being eaten alive by a strange illness. And fearful, guilt-wracked Elim hopes he's only imagining the sounds coming from Dulei's coffin.

As their supplies dwindle and tensions mount, the desert exacts a terrible price from its pilgrims - one that will be paid with the blood of the living, and the peace of the dead.

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