The Sixth World (series)

Post-Apocalyptic / Mythology

by Rebecca Roanhorse
Saga Press / Simon & Schuster (US)

The love-child of a punk American Gods and an indigenous Mad Max, this fast, furious and fun post-apocalyptic debut will have you racing through the pages right from the breathtaking opening scene.
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.
Rebecca Roanhorse is an American of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and African American decent, and a Navajo in-law. She lives in Santa Fe where she works as a lawyer. Rebecca is also quickly becoming a rising star in the field as a strong feminist-native voice.



“Roanhorse vividly depicts Navajo land, legends, and culture in her marvelous fantasy debut, which launches the Sixth World series. […]Roanhorse unspools a fascinating narrative of colorful magic in a world made otherwise bleak by both natural and man-made circumstances. […]This rich tale from a strong Native American voice is recommended for all fantasy audiences.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED

“From its raw opening to its brutal conclusion, TRAIL OF LIGHTNING crafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling post-apocalyptic landscape.”—Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of The Court of Fives, and The Black Wolves series

“Rebecca Roanhorse has written an excitingly novel tale set in an alternate America, in which the native people have taken back their own land in order to survive. The magic of their country is a great backdrop for the story of Maggie, who takes the hard jobs no one else wants . . . like monster-killing.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Midnight, Texas and the Sookie Stackhouse series

“Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant.”—Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper and Star Wars: Last Shot