Three Parts Dead

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Pub­lisher: Tor Books
Pages: ebook, 336 pages
Series: -
Pub­li­ca­tion date: October 2nd 2012

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

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

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.

I really loved the concept of Three Parts Dead. I mean you get lots of great elements like magic, gargoyles, vampires, a bit of steampunk, dead gods and a nice mystery. This seems like a good recipe for an awesome book.

As you can see, I dropped the book around 50%. I tried my best to finish it but it simply could not catch my attention. I had several issues with it. First of all, the start was very confusing. Shitload of information dump. Not cool. Then there’s Max Gladstone’s writing style, which I did not find attractive whatsoever. And the feeling that something was missing in the story.

I also had some technical issues, since I was reading an ARC. The switch between the different characters’ point of view was extremely confusing. The pages were missing the line break between the paragraphs when the switch of a character’s POV would occur, and many times I found myself not knowing who I’m reading about.

In the end I can only advise you to give Three Parts Dead. It has great potential and it might suit you better than it did me.

ARC courtesy of Tor via NetGalley

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