Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

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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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About Max Gladstone

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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.
Published October 2, 2012 by Tor Books. 334 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the world of Gladstone's fascinating debut, gods communicate directly with their followers, and magic%E2%80%94known as Craft%E2%80%94is practiced like law. First-year associate Craftswoman Tara Abe

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In the strange and beautiful city of Alt Coulumb Tara seeks out the evidence necessary to win the favor of the court and the respect of her firm.

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Within the first two pages of Three Parts Dead allusion is made to the “God Wars” and from that moment on I was hooked.

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Gladstone plays with fantasy conventions without falling into the… Read… 11/14/12 1:02pm 11/14/12 1:02pm.

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While belief and worship are enough to sustain a god, most of their power comes from power loans written up in contracts.

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Strange Horizons

Investigating the judge's demise leads her to Shale, one of the Stone Men—gargoyles, who are now despised and hunted in Alt Coulumb, but who formerly enjoyed a very close relationship with the goddess Serit, Kos's consort before the so-called God Wars—and to Cat, Abelard's friend, one of the Blac...

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