Book Review — Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts DeadThree Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best novel I’ve read so far in 2014.

I dare you to read the first thirty pages and not be instantly hooked. It’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel—I haven’t been this impressed by a new author since The Lies of Locke Lamora.

Three Parts Dead pushes all the right buttons in a fairly short novel: an incredibly rich world, believable and complex motivations for all the characters, beautiful prose, protagonists who protag (instead of just reacting to the plot), and a plot which twists, turns, and intersects into a fascinating web. This isn’t some book where it only comes together at the end in a big “aha!” moment. Everything links up right from the start, and you are helplessly drawn in.

Also, just take a look at that gorgeous cover. How can you say no to a non-male, non-white protagonist?

Go read this brilliant and wonderful book. I’ll be singing its praise for a long time yet.

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