Once upon a time, round about 1870, in Nevada there is a town called Golgotha. Golgotha is full of all kinds of people: normal everyday people, and preternatural people. Some of the people are good, like the Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies Jim and Mutt. Others are questionable, like Malachi Bick. And then there are the evil ones drawn to the town, this time because of the presence of an artifact that causes people to submit to their most base nature and murder and kill others for starters.
This is the second book in the Golgotha series. Most of the townspeople characters from the first book make an appearance in the second book. And there is the introduction of a few new ones such as Rowan the pirate queen and Kate the Pinkerton Detective.
It is possible to read this book as a stand-alone, but it is much better if you’ve read book one in the series first, The Six-Gun Tarot. Among other things, the experiences in book one will prepare you for just how bad things can get in Golgotha and what is considered normal. You also get a good feel for the characters in the book and where their loyalties lie.
I enjoyed the characterizations and the fast pace of the story. It’s well written. And it’s a good follow up to book one. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you like weird westerns or your dark fantasy/horror with a touch of the old west, then this book would be a good pick for you.
You can read an excerpt from this book on Tor.com The book was released in October of 2014 by Tor Books.