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Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence) [Kindle Edition]

Max Gladstone
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Book Description

A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

 

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

 

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

 

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt

Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

 

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.


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''Max Gladstone has created a fascinating universe and equally fascinating characters. It's a world in which magic is craft and religion has some very practical rules, and he shows it through the stories of some very interesting characters. This is his first novel. I can't wait for his second.'' --Jerry Pournelle, New York Times bestselling author

''With his first book, Max Gladstone gives promise of being a true star of twenty-first-century fantasy.'' --John Crowley, World Fantasy Award-winning author

''Combining murder mystery, corporate intrigue, and thaumaturgic fireworks, Three Parts Dead gives us not just an excellent urban fantasy but a brilliant new world to explore. I can't wait to see what he does next.'' --Margaret Ronald, author of Spiral Hunt

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765333104
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085UEQDO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant world-building October 2, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Worldbuilding is an art form. It's quite a feat to pick a reader up and place them in a story set in Seattle or New York City and have them feel comfortable even if they've never been there. It's quite another for an author to tell their story in a world that only exists inside their head.

Max Gladstone makes it look easy. It's a world where Gods (plural) interact with their followers and have a more hands-on approach to the cities they're sworn to protect. On the mortal side, there are Craftsmen and Craftswomen who draw power from the stars to work their magic. These two powers come together in the steam-powered port city of Alt Coulumb, whose God Kos the Everburning has just died. Craftswomen, the devoted clergy facing a future without their God, a chain-smoking cleric, black-suited officers of Justice with a hive mind, incidental vampires, gargoyles! All of these disparate pieces come together in a story that goes where very few (if any) steampunk novels have gone before: the courtroom.

Why has there never been a steampunk legal thriller? This novel proves it can be done, and done very well. Is it because publishers think it would be boring? The court sequences in this novel, and hit all the old tropes (I half expected the opposing council to declare he was just a "simple country lawyer" at one point) with tongue firmly in cheek. And thanks to the setting, instead of boring legalese we get to see cases argued with magic in a display that wouldn't be out of place on the Vegas Strip. We've all seen steampunk pirates, policemen, cowboys, et al. It's time the steampunk lawyer got a shot at the big time.

I don't want to say this book is easy, because that would be an insult to the care and work that went into crafting such an amazing world.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant fantasy debut October 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover
With strong, unique characters, superior and highly imaginative world building, and an expertly structured plot that gradually builds in intensity until reaching a genuinely stunning climax, THREE PARTS DEAD is an absolutely brilliant debut that works on every level. In short, it's a secondary world urban fantasy murder mystery/legal thriller set in a steampunkish city, Alt Coulumb, that runs on the fire, heat, and steam of a literal, great and powerful god, Kos Everlasting, whose sudden death threatens Alt Coulumb's long-term survival and balance of power and sets the plot in motion. Enter Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, an infamous firm of necromancers, a partner of whom, Elayne Kevarian, charges their newest probationary hire, our strong, female, refreshingly non-Caucasian protagonist, Tara Abernathy, with solving the case of why Kos died, before they use their sorcerous skills to resurrect him.

What is so ingenious about THREE PARTS DEAD is how beautifully and economically it succeeds in all of its various sub-genres. It's far better than the majority of supernatural female detective novels out there. Tara isn't a sassy, sexy, confident gal in heels. Instead, she is a fiercely intelligent but green young woman still coming into her own. Having only recently been expelled from a sorcerous academy in the clouds known as the Hidden Schools, she has had a lot of training in the magical arts and is very good at them (in fact, her expulsion ironically had to do with just how good at it she is), but she has also never been out in the real world as a professional, so much of this is still very new to her, and this first case-unlike any I've seen in an urban fantasy mystery before-has a profound impact on her that could forever shape the course of her life.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Books31
Format:Hardcover
The first thing I have to say about this book is wow.

From the 1st page to the last I was absolutely riveted. Even now having finished the book, the first thing I did after reading the last page was look up the authors website and see when the next book he's writing is coming out. If that's not a sign of a good book, I don't know what is.

Three Parts Dead has a fantastic combination of characters. All the characters are compromised, all them are filled with histories filled with shadows, and yet you find yourself rooting for these broken characters. I know you're supposed to love the protagonist, but in this case I really did. Tara is strong, smart, and full of piss and vinegar. Her history is almost as interesting as the back-story to the world here (which I personally could have read an entire series on and loved (not just a book but an entire series.))

That brings me to the second thing I absolutely loved about Three Parts Dead, the rich history of the God Wars and the system of magic that encompassed the book. As I mentioned before I could read an entire series about the God Wars, what was mentioned about this worlds history sound fascinating and thrilling. Gods battling against craftsmen and women (basically human magicians), and the transformation that occurs to these craftsmen over time, changing them from their human bodies, to something of the stars, all in all this whole history and back-story was fascinating. As for the system of magic, as a law student I loved the fact that Gladstone created an entire system of magic based on and for lawyers. Magic is based on contracts and agreements, with the craftiest and sliest being those with the most power.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantasy legal thriller.
Like bankruptcy law? Like urban fantasy? Like murder mysteries? If so, you're in luck. Exciting, interesting, and very original. Recommended.
Published 11 days ago by David H. Siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars Impatiently waiting for the next Max Gladstone story
Since many other commenters have richly outlined the complexity of the alternative world encompassed by this novel, I will not repeat their observations. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mad Monique DC
2.0 out of 5 stars and four parts forgotten
I have been racking my brains trying to remember what the novel was about, and failing miserably. It can't have been bad, because really bad books become memorable in a bad way,... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Anne O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worldbuilding at a master level!
I have seen Max Gladstone on a couple of author panels at an event I go to annual and I had been thinking that while he had good responses to questions and seemed like an... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jessica Grimm-Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating new world and take on magic
Max is an excellent new author. Three parts dead and its successor are some of the most creative fantasy I have read in ages. Read more
Published 22 days ago by A. T. N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing magical lawyering procedural
This is a most fabulous and thinky procedural about gods as entitities powered by faith, and able to swap that power. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Heidi Waterhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was fantastic! Loved every minute of it, and will be reading the sequel. Definitely give this one a shot.
Published 28 days ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy For The Cover, Stay For The Amazing Story!
Most of the reviewers rightfully rave about the book, and I'll get to that in a bit. Right now, Tor gets a HUGE thumbs-up for not whitewashing the cover. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Fountain Pen Diva
4.0 out of 5 stars Tightly written, eloquent, and fun
Come for the excellent similies, stay for the well-rounded motivations and interesting mystery. If you like Jim Butcher's sense of plot but wish his writing style were more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Corrado
4.0 out of 5 stars Great setting and unique blend of genres
A great read that blends together elements of steampunk, legal procedural, and murder mystery into a wholly new melange. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Albert T. Longino
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More About the Author

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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