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Author: Max Gladstone Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Craft Sequence Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781483060491
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A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, a first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethras, 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’ 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 listeners to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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, 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

  • “[A] fascinating debut...The story remains suspenseful and fast-paced throughout, and the diverse, female-led cast is a joy to follow through the fascinating and unusual landscape.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Absorbing…This is a fresh, strong debut from Gladstone, and I look forward to what he does next.”


  • “Fresh, beautiful, surprising language. Not to mention Gladstone’s behind-the-scenes parallel to our own failed gods, a trumped economy and the folks who ran it. Smart sf fans should love.”

    Library Journal

  • “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

  • A 2014 Mythopoeic Award Finalist

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 2/11/2014

    " O.K., this is one of those reviews that I don't know how to post. Personal rating is 1 star, but the book is more like 3 stars. It is well written and an interesting concept, but it did not do much for me personally. Too many and frequent switches in the narration and a few squick me our moments just left me with no desire to read any more in this series, but I would read the author again to see if it is just this book series I don't care for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shiv | 2/9/2014

    " I devoured the book in one sitting. It opens with a bang, has complex worldbuilding, and the narrative / descriptive sections were rich and rewarding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/19/2014

    " An incredible book from an original mind. The setting is reminiscent of arcana pulp such as Hell's Feast and others that manage to intermingle the use of magic and technology and society into a seamless whole. Every concept behind the plot and story is an easter egg for the writer. This book is depressingly good since it tends to outshine previous works of a similar vein. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaunna | 1/17/2014

    " While it was difficult at time to understand this unique world created by Gladstone, I loved this book! The characters are unique and appealing, the plot is interesting, the writing is excellant. Hope this becomes a series, looking forward to more adventures with Tara plying her Craft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 1/10/2014

    " Interestingly nontraditional fantasy. Really enjoyed the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/4/2014

    " I hope there is more coming from this author & world... it didn't exactly improve my lack of sleep problem, but did help me stay awake at work. I don't want to give away any more than is in the summary here, but that was GOOD. A really different and interesting spin on magic and the Divine- a necromantic law-firm? Gods that are not only blatantly real and involved with their followers, but that can also go to war, die, and leave creditors squabbling in court? Yes, please! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tristan | 12/29/2013

    " Excellent in every way, one of the strongest fantasy debuts I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sugar | 12/25/2013

    " Pretty good. You can tell the author knows politics/court stuff very well. Also loved the vocabulary in this book. I'm likely to read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Latorea | 12/15/2013

    " Loved this book and can't wait for the sequel which comes out later this year. I could not put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 12/3/2013

    " Excellent world-building and characters. The blending of law-by-magic worked well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 10/7/2013

    " Mixing religion with business deals that look a heck of a lot like modern capital markets where the currency is divine power? Why not. And it works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hawalee | 7/10/2013

    " This series is a welcome addition to my reading list... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/8/2013

    " Very good. A different idea of a fantasy realm. Similar to Brandon Sanderson in that the magic system is very well thought out and logical. Completely different than him in the legal wrangling and dark, post-war atmosphere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/8/2012

    " Nicely paced fantasy with an entertaining magic system. I was absorbed into the story and enjoyed it more than most novels of the genre. "

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 has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2013 and 2014.