|"She laughed as fell..." Because she's a boss!
Max Gladstone's novel is set in a world so different from ours; people called craftsman wield the power of God's. God's love, war, and trade their power and their devout love them all the more. Vampires roam free selling their wares to those addicted to their bite, and driverless carriages pulled by horse's ferry customer's to and fro the giant city of Alt Coulumb- a much easier task if the fare speaks horse.
Tara, a recent "graduate" of the hidden schools is approached by the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao. A prestigious firm offering her one shot at a position as associate and a chance out of the farm town her family lives in.
Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam powered technology will shut down and its occupants and his devout will tear the city asunderTara’s must help resurrect Kos before chaos reigns. Her companion, the last priest to see Kos the ever burning alive, Abelard, chain-smoking, non-horse speaking, devotee with a secret he doesn't know.
Was Kos was murdered? Or did he die of natural causes? They must find out in order to trial the case before Alt Coulumb’s court of justice pitting Tara against the very man who threw her from the sky as she laughed.
This is what I consider to be a hard read. Not because of the story or errors, but because my mind is so wrapped up in the present that it's hard to get into a totally different world. No cars, cells, or flat screen televisions. No love triangles, meaningless sex or angst ridden teens.
This is a the real deal, an honest to goodness piece of literary art. Not pride and prejudice style, but fantasy 'I WANT THIS TO BE A T.V. SHOW!' style. Completely and utterly original. I loved it. Imagining the city of A.C. along the lines of Hong Kong or Tokyo but with carriages and vampires, gargoyles, and craftsmen, men and women who use the start to draw power.
Oh, to be a craftsmen with my very own dagger and classroom full of mindless drones.
Awesome read, cool cover, great author who I can't wait to read more from.
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