Book Review: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (3 Stars)


Book Review: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

(Three stars of five)

A mundane start but a divine finish. A genre bender: urban-epic fantasy mash up. Great showdown.

Well written, but I expected more. Gladstone didn’t grab me by the collar and drag me into their world and story the way Rothfuss or Sullivan do. Since Tara was a practitioner of the Craft, the reader was left to sort a lot out. Tara’s magic is a “black box” about which the reader learns little, allowing Gladstone a lot of freedom to spring surprises, but reduces the fun. A lot of what we’re told took a lot of effort seemed easy. We didn’t feel her pain. Better job with Abelard.

The Goodreads blurb mentions “an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.” That’s normal for contemporary literature.

The cigarette was too obvious.

Not great, but good fun. I liked it.

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