This novel is hard to classify: It's an SFF post-apocalyptic western set in the Navajo reservation with Navajo gods and monsters in it. The series title, The Sixth World, refers to Navajo mythology: they believe that the world has been destroyed five times and each time the Navajos have emerged into a new world.
Maggie Hoskie, the protagonist, is an arse-kicking monster-hunting Navajo warrior with supernatural powers, but is also emotionally vulnerable. She put me in mind of the protagonists of Kameron Hurley's God's War and The Stars are Legion, although there is more emphasis on family ties. Like God's War, this one is definitely for the grown-ups, there is gore in this and Maggie has to do some pretty horrible things. None of the gore is gratuitous, however, and Maggie Hoskie is a very sympathetic character.
A fascinating magically dystopian future with a great range of characters and exploration of Navajo legends and culture. Maggie is a very sympathetic heroine, a survivor, and her quest is a powerful one.
This is a great read. Set in Navajo land and a totally different world to fantasy tropes familiar to me, the characters and stories are fresh, fascinating. The pacing is great and I wish I didn’t have to wait until April for the next book....
A remarkable story - part zombie apocalypse, part super hero tale, part wild wild western and part lots of other intriguing things.
Maggie is a great character, flawed yet powerful and trying to make her way in this post disaster world while mourning the loss of a love who just upped and left one day without leaving many clues. She's a Navajo and a monster hunter with some super powers that she can call on in a fix.
This story has so much in it that it's hard to provide a coherent summary without major plot spoilers so I will just leave it at intriguing characters in a post apocalyptic world and a great story from a wonderful new writer.