Dead Country by Max Gladstone ****


Dead Country” is the first volume in Max Gladstone’s Craft War Trilogy which, in turn, is part of the Craft Sequence of books (to be honest I don’t know if that’s the name of the world or just the first few books, but who cares? Not me!). The real question after you finish the first book of any trilogy is: do you want to immediately read the next book?

Yes, yes I do. Of course, it isn’t available just yet but I am patient (waiting is hard, as Daniel Tiger tells us).

If you had asked me the question after reading the first half of the book I wouldn’t have been so sure. Part of the joy of the Craft Sequence to me is seeing all the clever ways Gladstone replaces things with magic and this novel is about many things but certainly not contract magic between companies (see other entries in the series).

This book covers the central character revisiting her roots and burying her father. Of course, as you might be able to guess, things get complicated and secrets are uncovered, the world is threatened, and the next book is setup with a variety of intriguing developments dangled in front of the reader.

Would I recommend this as the starting point of this overall series? Not really, but I would recommend you check out the series if you haven’t already… and if you have you should totally read this book!

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