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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, author of The Mote in God’s Eye and Lucifer’s Hammer
“This has so many of my favorite things: an intriguing world, fun characters, a puzzle of a story that manages to be both funky fantasy and legal thriller. Three Parts Dead is simultaneously fast paced and thoughtful, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
—Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series
“With his first book, Max Gladstone gives promise of being a true star of twenty-first century fantasy.”
—John Crowley, author of Little, Big and The Deep
“Max Gladstone has evidently devised a necromantic steampunk machine that enabled him to channel the Roger Zelazny of Lord of Light, cathect the Neil Gaiman of American Gods, and subsume the oeuvre of John Grisham, all with the aim of producing loopy, metaphysically-minded legal thrillers. It you doubt my conclusion, consider Exhibit A, the author’s delirious and delightful first novel.”
— James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder and Shambling Towards Hiroshima.
“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.” —Maragret Ronald, author of Spiral Hunt
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.
This is a really interesting fantasy novel, with really good world building and a complex who-dunnit that keeps you guessing to the end, just a bit let down by somewhat clunky... Read morePublished 1 day ago by jazzycar
This is actually a good read - the world building is very good. there is a nice balance between engineering/religion and magic with some interesting and original concepts.Published 4 days ago by Shahar
This is, I have been told, the first book that was written in the series. although it is number 3 in the series as it is planned. Read morePublished 6 days ago by plb3
Rarely does a book bring something new and original to the fantasy genre.Published 12 days ago by Jeffrey Vacek
Interesting premise, fun characters, I am definitely getting the next book in the series.Published 16 days ago by ProfessorWC
Easily the best, richest writing I've picked up since I enjoyed R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sometimes, you stumbled upon a book that resonates with you on a deeper than usual level. Maybe you had a similar idea banging around your head for a while, or maybe some of your... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Elena Linville
Max Gladstone has crafted a wonderfully unique world with Gods, necromancers in pin striped suits, and Deathless Kings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kaleb Russell
Wow. Strange, beautiful, razor-sharp, wildly imaginative. Reminds me of Mieville at his best.
Far more powerful than the cover or blurb suggest.