The third novel in the Craft Sequence can be read as a stand-alone (as can each of the two that came before it, Three Parts Dead, 2012,and Two Serpents Rise, 2013). Like its predecessors, this one is a mystery posing as an urban fantasy: Kai, a “god-builder” on the island of Kavekana, is upset when one of her creations dies. Upset turns to concern when her boss pulls her off god-building duty and puts her behind a desk, in what’s essentially a customer-service position. Kai wonders if there’s a conspiracy afoot to keep her from investigating the god’s death, but she isn’t prepared for the surprises that await her. The story could easily have been a comedy—Tom Holt, for example, would have a field day with this material—but in Gladstone’s hands, it’s pretty serious stuff. He has created a wildly imaginative, complex world in these books, balancing reality and fantasy elements to such a degree that it’s sometimes difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. Fans will be eager to see where this series goes next. --David Pitt
About the Author
MAX GLADSTONE went to Yale, where he wrote a short story that became a finalist in the Writers of the Future competition. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Full Fathom Five is his third novel.