Last First Snow
February 10, 2020 6:11 PM - by Max Gladstone - Subscribe

Forty years after the God Wars, Dresediel Lex bears the scars of liberation—especially in the Skittersill, a poor district still bound by the fallen gods' decaying edicts. As long as the gods' wards last, they strangle development; when they fail, demons will be loosed upon the city. The King in Red hires Elayne Kevarian of the Craft firm Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao to fix the wards, but the Skittersill's people have their own ideas. A protest rises against Elayne's work, led by Temoc, a warrior-priest turned community organizer who wants to build a peaceful future for his city, his wife, and his young son.

(OK, this is the first book chronologically but the fourth book published. For more information, see This is How I Numbered My Books and I’m Sorry
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I tend to think of this book as, "What if the Darth Vader origin story prequels had been done correctly and skillfully?"
posted by kyrademon at 12:37 AM on February 11


So I read "Three Parts Dead" and really liked it. Now it seems it would not be amiss if I read this one next. Do you guys agree?

And kyrademon, are you saying that Kevarian = Vader? Because I didn't see her that way in 3PD. It seemed like she retained the most of her humanity of any of the magic practitioners in a world where the author explicitly states that working magic slowly and inexorably turns you into a star-skeleton psychopath megalomaniac. It will be interesting to see what this prequel sheds new light on her character, then.
posted by seasparrow at 9:48 PM on February 11


> "And kyrademon, are you saying that Kevarian = Vader?"

No. I meant Temoc = Vader.

(You didn't meet him in 3PD. If you read in publication order, as I did, he first appears in 2SR.)
posted by kyrademon at 6:26 AM on February 12 [1 favorite]


The discussions between the King in Red and Elayne about dealing with their bodies after dying really stuck with me. Doing exercises to increase bone mass for when you're an eventual walking skeleton was certainly not something Pratchett covered in his Discworld novels.

I was going to ask if the Vader was Temoc or Caleb, but I'm reading "ahead" to Two Serpents Rise.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 7:36 AM on February 12 [1 favorite]


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