Thumbs up for Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. Fantasy.
When something that you think shouldn’t work, works, it’s immensely satisfying. Like this book. The magic-users are terribly overpowered; indeed, they are nearly God-like. They are also lawyers. There are gargoyles and a vampire ship-captain and a dorky chain-smoking engineer priest and actual, real Gods, one of whom is dying because of some bad contracts. The heroine is a suit-and-heel-wearing badass. I do have a complaint: I wish Three Parts Dead had been about a hundred pages longer, to linger more on how the world fits together. It’s rare that I want more exposition and background in a fantasy novel, but my questions are many, and I feel like the answers must be fascinating. But oh look, there are more books in the series….
“How many times,” he asked, “have you raised a god from the dead?”
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