Medicine for the Dead

Released 9 April 2015

By Arianne 'Tex' Thompson


The Children of the Drought series continues with the second instalment from weird-western trailblazer Arianne “Tex” Thompson.

In One Night in Sixes Thompson created a unique and diverse fantasy world, straight out of the Wild West. In a world of saloons and brutal desert landscapes One Night in Sixes effortlessly combined cowboys, shapeshifters and magic in a deadly border town divided by night and day.

When the hapless Sil Halfwick and his long-suffering companion Appaloosa Elim made the ill-advised journey to the border town of Sixes a chain of events was set off that will change them forever, now in Medicine for the Dead they must continue their journey further from Sixes and into the deadly wastelands…

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.

UK: 9781781083062 | 9th April 2015
US: 9781781083079| 31st March 2015


Arianne 'Tex' Thompson

Arianne "Tex" Thompson is a native and lifelong resident of Texas. After earning a bachelor's degree in history from UT Dallas and a master's degree in literature from the University of Dallas, she went on to become a community college professor, teaching the fundamentals of English to adults writing below the eighth-grade level. Now a master teacher for academic tutoring and test prep services, as well as the managing editor for the DFW Writers Conference, Tex is a regular feature at high schools, writing conferences, and genre conventions alike. With her first book, a 'rural fantasy' novel called One Night in Sixes, Tex joins the growing ranks of Solaris authors committed to exciting, innovative and inclusive science fiction and fantasy.

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