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Product Details

  • Series: Craft Sequence (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765335743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765335746
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Max has taught in southern Anhui, wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat, and been thrown from a horse in Mongolia. Max graduated from Yale University, where he studied Chinese.

Max is a John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award Nominee for 2013. His first book, Three Parts Dead, is a Massachusetts Must Read book of 2013. Two Serpents Rise, the next novel in the Craft Sequence, will be published in October 2013.

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Really awesome and delicious read.
MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson
This book was especially cool because it brought in two minor characters, one from each of the previous books, and made them important to this story.
The richness of each of these characters brings the reader closer to the world in which they live.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson VINE VOICE on July 23, 2014
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It had a really beautiful cover, so I bought it out of curiousity. Mild Spoilers:

Wow... I just can't do this read justice, but I'm going to try. I haven't read the other books or anything else by this author yet. I came into this series cold, and it was a rich, mythic ride I haven't had since God Stalk from P.C. Hodgell or the beautifully razor edged works of Jacqueline Carey and her Kushiel series. It's like cyber punk but with communing with dreams and nightmare instead of jacking into cyberspace and the trading in souls instead of credits, where gods can be made, broken, and murdered, and faith is fragile as gossamer strands and stronger than tactical nukes.

It's beautiful, and rough, in just the right way from twin points of view.

Priest and business woman Kai who tries to save a dying god and is pulled into a classic murder who done it, full of corruption in the shadows and a conspiracy that could do worse than kill her. No good deed goes unpunished and her act of heroism is seen as suspect and she's banished from her inner circle place to a more harmless occupation selling idols to groups wanting to invest their souls (souls equal currency) and keep them safe from Living Gods and Deathless Kings who constantly war in the world outside of the Island of Kavekana'ai. Recovering from the injuries she took trying to save a drowning and doomed god, Kai starts digging into things determined to win back what had been taken from her and prove that she isn't crazy or suicidal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By @Julia_ATUF on August 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Review courtesy of All things Urban Fantasy.

From the titles to the page, the first three books in the Craft Sequence marry numbers with magic. The stories themselves explore different parts of society, but always on the bedrock of a spiritual economy where soul stuff is traded and bartered to power the world. FULL FATHOM FIVE weaves together new and old characters on an island of idols and mysteries, infusing this broken world with a slowly building hope that is impossible to resist.

As with THREE PARTS DEAD, this story starts in the clinical mechanics of a spiritual economy, and builds to aspirations of a more balanced world, if no better or “perfect” than the good intentions that preceded it. Having familiar faces from prior books working in the background added particular weight to the job of unraveling motives and mysteries in this book, as Cat and Teo and Ms. Kevarian effortlessly add tension to the background every time they appear. The Craft Sequence series works best when grounded in the more accessible elements of this exotic world, and the flowing character perspectives of FULL FATHOM FIVE give a gorgeous human weight to events as they unfold. With Kai, a priestess of the idols once born in the body of a man, and Izza, an orphaned refugee living in the cracks and shadows of society, the story presents both the center and fringes of this island in alternating chapters.

All of the characters in this book slowly ratchet up the tension as you wait for them to intersect. Often times there is both the potential to join forces or collide, with no assurance of how the dominoes will fall. Gladstone is a master at building contagious emotions, and FULL FATHOM FIVE takes readers from wonder to despair to the most delicate of hopes. As deeply as I loved Alt Coulumb, now I find myself so hopeful and starry eyed for the island of Kevekana. Max Gladstone has done it again.

Sexual Content: Non-explicit sex scenes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jvstin VINE VOICE on August 2, 2014
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Kai is a priestess without a God, at least in the traditional sense. She manages and builds Idols, financial instruments for managing soulstuff for those engaged in the cutthroat world of international commerce in Max Gladstone’s Craft Universe. They accept sacrifices, provide a rate of return, and protect those who invest their worship in them. But these Idols, although they have the financial obligations and entanglements like any God, are not really Gods. They are not sentient, they have no awareness, and are just pure financial instruments. Why is Kai and her peers called priestesses, then? Therein lies a story, a story that will be revealed when she falls from favor for an action that seemingly is the right thing to do.

In the meanwhile, Izza, a thief-urchin on the mean streets of the paradise called Kavekana, lives far below Kai, socially and physically. She has a Goddess, though, or had one, anyway; a Goddess who is now dead. Just like the succession of other deities who have risen and died while she and her fellow kids have worshipped and relied on them. But what are these Gods doing on an island dominated by Idols and the Penitents, devices of punishment and social control housing the guilty? Izza wants out of it all, but obligations and events swirling around her have other ideas about her future. And Izza’s story has far more in common with Kai’s than either of them can imagine.

The strength of Full Fathom Five, the newest Craft Sequence novel from Max Gladstone, is without question the diverse set of characters — a predominantly female cast of characters, of all sorts of races and backgrounds. A tropical, volcanic island, a crossroads of commerce and finance, is naturally going to have a diverse population of residents and transients.
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