Full Fathom Five: A Novel of the Craft Sequence (Hardcover)

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Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone. Set in the same world as his other novels in the Craft Sequence (Two Serpents Rise and Three Parts Dead), Full Fathom Five manages to pull together the Aztec inspired fantasy world into a coherent narrative. The plot centers on Kai, a craftswoman who creates idols to be worshipped and profited from. When she is declared unstable by those around her, Kai is launched into the path of a conspiracy surrounding all she has dedicated her life to. Gladstone’s world building shines in this book, managing a convincing take on the reality of everyday magic, resulting in a world as complex and varied as our own.

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On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren't conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods--perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she's grievously injured--then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear--which will crush her, if Kai can't stop it first.
Full Fathom Five is the third novel set in Max Gladstone's addictive and compelling fantasy world of Three Parts Dead

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 lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Full Fathom Five is his third novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780765335746
ISBN-10: 0765335743
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: July 15th, 2014
Pages: 382
Language: English
Series: Craft Sequence