Hex is not just a novel of love spells, but also the love of relationships, unrequited and sex. It contains elements of the supernatural, occult and horror. Through the entire story and more to the point, it has a wonderful sense of humor.
The novel opens in Miami, where news of Castro’s death has sent the town right into a frenzy of excitement and celebration, especially among the gay Cubans. Several friends visiting get caught in the midst of the revelry and strange sightings of the supposedly past-on Cuban dictator. Langston Fleetwood, his straight(?) best friend Azaril, friends Reynaldo and Quentin search for Damian who vanished under very serious circumstances during one of these simple episodes. brujos en chile Their quest takes Langston and Azaril to Key West where Langston’s Aunt Reginia, a respected and formidable psychic sends the foursome on a trip that takers them to the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut to New York City and back once again to Miami. They learn the strange and bizarre family history of their friend Damian, are stalked by a warlock bent on capturing their secrets and a poor little rich girl who is an odd wild card with the ability to bend time and space. In the midst of the chaos, Azaril disappears in a manner much like Damian’s.
Scott’s writing requires a little getting used to initially, since he writes in today’s tense. His prose gets somewhat wordy occasionally but he soon grabs the readers and pulls them right into a fantastic world of alternative universes, sorcery and the joy and heartaches of gay love. At six hundred and one pages, Hex is a long read but again Scott doesn’t forget his readers. You could easily get bogged down on a number of the lengthy descriptions, however not with this particular author. He keeps us grounded and back the story, experiencing the action as opposed to merely reading it.
I found myself absorbing Aunt Reginia Jameson Wolfe’s teachings to Langston to the point that I actually reacted as she did when he asked her a concern concerning the powers by which he was tapping. That’s great writing when you’re able to interact with a character so closely.
Although a strong psychic, Reginia remains down-to-earth and fiercely protective of her family, including her two sons, typical teenagers in their own world, clueless as to the scope of events happening around them. Reginia isn’t bothered by four o’clock each morning phone calls from her nephew unless, of course, he interrupts her favorite movies. She has some of the finest lines in the whole book.
Another character that injects humor into the story may be the rich Roan Gillory. She accidentally turns her husband into your dog, morphs her hotel room right into a tropical rain forest, and moves it from the real of the hotel’s physical reality. Roan never completely loses touch with her earthly side as she checks out the warlock’s butt and admits to Langston that she wouldn’t mind making out together with his aunt.
The fascinating climax, the rescue of Damian and Azaril, is a trip into the alternate realities with Aunt Reginia leading the way and taking charge. On a hysterical note, while they emerge from the ability, the five young men see that Reginia used the ability they tapped into to bless their already significant endowments and give herself and Roan Gillory a nip and tuck. Who in our midst wouldn’t take the same advantageous asset of the opportunity like that for a little physical enhancement?