Better than Three Parts Dead. Tempted to bump it up a star, but the opening (again) was so slow that I almost quit before I’d read a hundred pages.
This story is set on the same world, but has almost nothing (other than history and magic) to do with the first in the Craft Sequence series. You can start here, and not miss anything essential to this story. As a result, there wasn’t a lot of retelling previous material, which was good as this lumbered for the first eighty pages.After things got rolling, the interlocking plots and characters were fine.
Unlike so many modern novels, this one’s nod to political correctness was integral to the plot. Good job.