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A Tree of Bones (Hexslinger #3)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
New Mexico, 1867: Months have passed since hexslinger Chess Pargeter sacrificed himself to restore the town of Bewelcome, once cursed to salt by his former lover, “Reverend” Asher Rook. Now a coalition led by Allan Pinkerton’s Detective Agency lays siege to reborn Mayan goddess Ixchel’s notorious “Hex City,” the one place on earth where hexes can act in consort, and the ...more
Paperback, 447 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by ChiZine Publications (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kate O'Hanlon
Jun 14, 2012 Kate O'Hanlon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird-west
I've probably said it before in other reviews, but my idea of a good ending, especially for series, is that it should be not at all what you were expecting, and at the same time, when you look back on it, seem completely inevitable.

The more of Files' stuff I read the more I love her. She clearly delights in writing horribly screwed up characters who do terrible things, sometimes for the right reasons and sometimes not, but she never lets them off the hook, ever.

I'm trying to open a new paragraph
Dec 18, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in MesoAmerican, m/m, western-type stories
Recommended to Katy by: ChiZine Publications
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Weird Western/Supernatural Horror/Steampunk
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Weird West, horror, those interested in Meso-American religious practices
Trigger Warnings for Book 3: killing, human sacrifice, bullying, non PC language

My Thoughts on Book 3: This really is a most satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Watching Chess's evolution has been quite amazing, and I've also quite enjoyed seeing how Yancey and Ed and Songbird all grew and changed through the course o
Mason Jones
Aug 16, 2012 Mason Jones rated it really liked it
The end of the trilogy, and rather difficult to review thoroughly without giving things away. So I'll keep this brief, I guess -- what a wonderful trilogy, blazingly imaginative and with characters you come to really care about. I'd say that all of the characters more or less wind up where they belong, and it's all pretty satisfyingly wrapped up. If you've read the other two entries, you quite obviously need to read this one, and if you haven't read them yet, what the hell are you waiting for? ...more
I initially bought the first book in this series on a recommendation from someone who knew I was desperate for more speculative fiction with queer characters. That wasn’t an accident. Maybe I would have picked it up even without that factor, but it’s what drove me to buy it, and I’m so, so happy I did.

Queer readers, and general media consumers like me don’t have much in the way of representation, and what little we do have tends to be of the token variety. (“Okay, you can have a queer character,
Amber Franich
Sep 20, 2016 Amber Franich rated it it was amazing
An amazing end to the series! Everything came together wonderfully and the character development was perfect (and had me in tears).
The writing itself is also incredibly refreshing and unique. I never wanted to put it down.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who is after a fantasy that has both an interesting and exciting plot AND characters that you get invested in.
Jun 13, 2012 Morticiawbbs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2012
A great third book in this series with much action. My favorite of the three.
Meredith Katz
Aug 29, 2016 Meredith Katz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
A Tree of Bones by Gemma Files is the third book in the Hexslinger trilogy, with the first two being A Book of Tongues (which I review here) and a A Rope of Thorns (which I review here). I'm not trying to avoid spoilers for the first two books, only the third, so if you haven't read the first two stop reading now.

So, to begin this review: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

Okay. Now that I've got that out, let's do this properly.

After the horrifying ou
Oct 13, 2016 S.A. rated it really liked it
I'm too tired to explain why this series did not rate a five. Too much, too much, and too much sometimes adds up to not enough. Still, if you the reader love the weird, this is beyond weird.
Jul 21, 2015 Ambre rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay-fiction
What a disappointing finish. I loved this trilogy for its daring to make us enjoy characters who were not good people, and for not doing the expected thing. So then she goes and turns it into a redemption trip as old as the hills. What a bummer.

Chess was... Not likeable, but interesting, because he had a heart but a broken sense of conscience and empathy. The character he becomes by 50% through this book isn't interesting, he is just another paranormal good guy. She fixed all of the broken parts
Abi Walton
What a fantastic ending to a brilliant series. Files clearly delights in creating screwed up characters in awful situations who do terrible things for good and bad reasons but what I am in total awe of her writing is the fact that I sympathise and adore these not nice characters. This is a skill which Files paints in this whole series and made me care for two very screwed up men.
In many ways I agree with one reviewer who stated that this book was Asher's, just like the first book was Ed's and t
Aug 02, 2015 GY rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt
I really loved this series, all-in-all. There's not enough books that feature gay romances that also have a solid plot that doesn't surround just the romance but this series is exactly that.

I loved Chess' characterization as the protagonist; what with his hot-headness and irrational stubbornness. He felt real. I loved almost all the characters in this book, I felt there was a great mix of clashing personalities and motives that really kept the dialogue fresh and interesting.

As far as the plot g
Mar 27, 2015 Juushika rated it it was amazing
A Rope of Thorns was a middle book, cluttered and unbalanced. But the payout is worth it; A Tree of Bones is fantastic. It takes the established, diverse world to satisfying conclusion, and the highlight is the characters. If A Book of Tongues is about the fact that someone hurt whom they claim to love, A Tree of Bones is about the beloved's equally complex relationship with their betrayer. Chess's development remains a touch heavy-handed, but that Files gives him and the vast majority of the ca ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Yan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
I've just finished reading this series, and I don't really know how to start reviewing it. I'm just sitting here, mildly stunned, going "...huh." It's one of the weirdest things I've read in a while and in some ways kind of a hot mess, but I've been totally gripped by it over the last few days.

I loved the mix of Aztec gods and Old West mythos, the lovely, flowing, writing style and the underlying theme of the triumph of outsiders. However, the plotting was often hard to follow and odd things (li
Jun 12, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it
It has been so long since I read the first two books in the series I should have gone back and read them again. But I did not, I plunged right in and thought perhaps she would have written as a stand alone readable. But the first part of the book left me unknowing what was going on. Picked up everything later on. I really enjoyed the character Chess Parteger with his red hair and purple suits with the pistoleers. I even liked stodgy Ed Morrow and ended up liking English Oona. I would highly ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a trilogy!! The characters really came alive for me. I really enjoyed the back and forth between the "Gods" and "Humans," that all sides were played at all times, nothing ever certain until the words...The End. To capture the concept/idea that we fight and struggle with our "growth," no lesson is easily learned and patterns are hard to break. But the benefits to reap if we struggle through and on, sticking close to those that support and love us.
May 10, 2013 Avivs rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story!
Just finished it. The first one was ok, but had a lot of problems. The second one was much better. The third one was fantastic in every way.
The characters were so well developed, the plot so original and exiting. Not to mention the writing, which was just beautiful.

This was a crazy trilogy, with a lot of violence and hard moments, but it was so very worth it.
Aug 14, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt, horror

next long haul train ride im on imma type up a long review bc i have so many feelings about this series holy shit.

Jan 28, 2016 Ghostrunner rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Six stars. Thirteen stars. Vivid and visceral and rich. An anti-hero who's about as anti- as it gets.
Nov 06, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Great read! I think the ending was not as blast-your-face-off amazing as the first book, but still an exciting book. Looking forward to her next book, whatever it may be.
Laura McVey
Laura McVey rated it really liked it
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Aug 09, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A fitting end to a wild ride.
Scarlett rated it it was amazing
Apr 11, 2013
Alexa rated it it was amazing
Nov 15, 2014
Dave Granger
Dave Granger rated it it was amazing
Oct 18, 2012
Nov 14, 2014 Karl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Previously best-known as a film critic for Toronto's eye Weekly, teacher and screenwriter, Gemma Files first broke onto the international horror scene when her story "The Emperor's Old Bones" won the 1999 International Horror Guild award for Best Short Fiction. She is the author of two collections of short work (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart) and two chapbooks of poetry (Bent Under N ...more
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