The Captain’s Log – three parts dead (Max Gladstone)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Now sit back and hear me tale of why wendy @ the biliosanctum is to blame fer this adventure.  In fact the crew members of the bibliosanctum trio get me into a lot of trouble and introduce me to new worlds, situations, and ports fer plunder all the time.  It’s why I like em. But I digress . . .

So one day I was perusing the lists of potential treasure finds by me crew when I came across wendy’s description of “App Review: The City’s Thirst by Max Gladstone.”  I thought I recognized the author.  So I took a look-see.  Well turns out I was thinking of the author Max WIRESTONE whose work I have read before.  But I digress again . . .

So the first line of wendy’s pitch was “Remember reading Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid?”  Ummm yes I do!  Wendy sure knows how to get me attention.  So I read a little further.  Apparently Max GLADSTONE has written a choose yer own adventure text-based app set in his Craft Sequence World.  I knew nothing about the world or the author but I know I love to choose my own adventure.  So I set off to have one . . .

So of the two Craft adventures that are described by wendy’s missive, I thought I would take a gander at this one:

Choice of the Deathless: “Battle demons and undead attorneys, and win souls to pay back your student loans! At the elite demonic-law firm of Varkath Nebuchadnezzar Stone, you’ll depose a fallen god, find romance, and maybe even make partner, if you don’t lose your own soul first.”

Awesome right?  So I gather up me kindle, download the app, and proceed to get sucked into me life at the law firm.  Only one problem – it was an introductory taste before I hit a pay wall.  Just when the going was getting very interesting too.  I was rather irked to say the least.  I wanted more of this interesting life in the firm!  Why didn’t wendy warn me?  So I went back and read her pitch.  Only to find out that she did in fact warn me but as usual I rush into adventure without paying attention to the details.  But I digress some more . . .

While rereading wendy’s warnings properly this time I did see this:

Both games benefit from some passing knowledge of Gladstone’s unique world of gods, souls, undead, and legalities. By nature of the format, there is not really a lot of time given to descriptions and world building so there are a lot of blanks to fill in. I suspect the basics could still be handled by someone who has not fully immersed themselves in the Craft Sequence, but it certainly helps to be familiar with the major players of the various firms and their ultimate goals within each realm.

Well even though I could very well handle the basics without prior knowledge (and loved it!), I thought that mehaps I should listen to wendy’s excellent advice the second time around and read the first book before I rejoined the law firm.  So I did . . .

I had no idea what I was getting into.  I absolutely frickin’ adored this book.  Now I am not usually an urban fantasy fan but between me thwarted first app attempt and this gem of a book, I was completely and utterly enthralled with the world of the Craft Sequence.  The world building, characters, mystery aspects, gods, politics, and lawyering were absolutely wonderful.  This is one of those times where I am reminded how much I adore me book blogging crew and would have a lesser life if not fer their contributions to me treasure hunts.

The book centers around a city called Alt Coulumb that was run by the God, Kos.  Was being the key word because he is now dead.  The firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao is hired to attempt to find out who killed the God and bring Kos back to life if they can.  Of course it is way more complicated than that.  And it’s the pesky details that make it wonderful.

Most of the story centers around Tara who is a first year associate.  She is snarky, intelligent, crafty, and just plain fun.  Definitely how I like me friends.  Her Boss is kick-ass and the priest assigned to help the firm is the best type of naive and sweet and intelligent wrapped up.

I am slightly sad because I cannot really do this book justice and explain any further with me paltry words.  I am a fighting gal not a poet.  But suffice to say that I will be reading all of the other books and certainly be buying the app so I can finish me lawyerin’ adventures.  Arrrrrr!!!!

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

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 is Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead God, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

But when the duo discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and the city’s slim hope of survival.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Max Gladstone – Author

To buy the book go to:

three parts dead – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

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