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Last First Snow

Last First Snow

A Novel of the Craft Sequence

Craft Sequence (Volume 4)

Max Gladstone

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“Brilliant, elegant, epic, astonishing, smart, gritty…. another wondrous visit to the fantastic world of the Craft Sequence.” —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence chronicles the epic struggle to build a just society in a modern fantasy world.

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.

As Elayne drags Temoc and the King in Red to the bargaining table, old wounds reopen, old gods stir in their graves, civil blood breaks to new mutiny, and profiteers circle in the desert sky. Elayne and Temoc must fight conspiracy, dark magic, and their own demons to save the peace-or failing that, to save as many people as they can.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which lawyers ride lightning bolts, souls are currency, and cities are powered by the remains of fallen gods, Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence introduces readers to a modern fantasy landscape and an epic struggle to build a just society.


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“Brilliant, elegant, epic, astonishing, smart, gritty…. another wondrous visit to the fantastic world of the Craft Sequence.” —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence chronicles the epic struggle to build a just society in a modern fantasy world.

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.

As Elayne drags Temoc and the King in Red to the bargaining table, old wounds reopen, old gods stir in their graves, civil blood breaks to new mutiny, and profiteers circle in the desert sky. Elayne and Temoc must fight conspiracy, dark magic, and their own demons to save the peace-or failing that, to save as many people as they can.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which lawyers ride lightning bolts, souls are currency, and cities are powered by the remains of fallen gods, Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence introduces readers to a modern fantasy landscape and an epic struggle to build a just society.


For more from Max Gladstone, check out:

The Craft Sequence
Three Parts Dead
Two Serpents Rise
Full Fathom Five
Last First Snow
Four Roads Cross

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For false gods, they cast long shadows.

Elayne Kevarian, the King in Red, and Tan Batac towered over Dresediel Lex. The vast once-holy city spread at Elayne's feet, miles of adobe and steel and obsidian and chrome, concrete and asphalt,...

Praise for Last First Snow

“Gladstone continues to trump his already considerable accomplishments in this tightly paced fantasy legal thriller.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Full Fathom Five

“I'm having Max Gladstone killed. He's too good already to be allowed to live. If this is early work, the rest of us are out of a job.” —Elizabeth Bear on Full Fathom Five

“Newcomers and fans of the series alike will enjoy the mystery, demon-caused mayhem and fast-moving plot in this stellar, engaging read.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, on Two Serpents Rise.

“One of the best debut fantasy novels I've read in years. . . . An entertaining and intelligent story that's equal parts action-adventure, fantasy, culture clash, mystery, and courtroom drama.” —io9 on Three Parts Dead

“Gladstone packs more ideas into a chapter than most writers manage in a full novel.” —Brian Staveley on Full Fathom Five

Reviews from Goodreads

Max Gladstone

MAX GLADSTONE is a fencer, a fiddler, and a two-time finalist for the John W. Campbell Award. He is fluent in Mandarin and has taught English in China. Max lives and writes in Somerset, Massachusetts, near Boston. He is the author of the Craft Sequence (Three parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, Full Fathom Five, Last First Snow).

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