5!bat Review: Full Fathom Five (Craft Sequence #3) by Max Gladstone

July 17, 2014 Review 0

5!bat Review: Full Fathom Five (Craft Sequence #3) by Max GladstoneFull Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
Series: Craft Sequence #3
Published by Tor on July 15, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Non-explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
5 Stars

The third novel set in the addictive and compelling fantasy world of Three Parts Dead.

On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods—perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she’s grievously injured—then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear—which will crush her, if Kai can’t stop it first.

From the titles to the page, the first three books in the Craft Sequence marry numbers with magic. The stories themselves explore different parts of society, but always on the bedrock of a spiritual economy where soul stuff is traded and bartered to power the world. FULL FATHOM FIVE weaves together new and old characters on an island of idols and mysteries, infusing this broken world with a slowly building hope that is impossible to resist.

As with THREE PARTS DEAD, this story starts in the clinical mechanics of a spiritual economy, and builds to aspirations of a more balanced world, if no better or "perfect" than the good intentions that preceded it. Having familiar faces from prior books working in the background added particular weight to the job of unraveling motives and mysteries in this book, as Cat and Teo and Ms. Kevarian effortlessly add tension to the background every time they appear. The Craft Sequence series works best when grounded in the more accessible elements of this exotic world, and the flowing character perspectives of FULL FATHOM FIVE give a gorgeous human weight to events as they unfold.  With Kai, a priestess of the idols once born in the body of a man, and Izza, an orphaned refugee living in the cracks and shadows of society, the story presents both the center and fringes of this island in alternating chapters.

All of the characters in this book slowly ratchet up the tension as you wait for them to intersect.  Often times there is both the potential to join forces or collide, with no assurance of how the dominoes will fall.  Gladstone is a master at building contagious emotions, and FULL FATHOM FIVE takes readers from wonder to despair to the most delicate of hopes.  As deeply as I loved Alt Coulumb, now I find myself so hopeful and starry eyed for the island of Kevekana.  Max Gladstone has done it again.

Series Titles:
  1. Three Parts Dead - 5/5
  2. Two Serpents Rise
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