I haven’t done a read-along in SO LONG, but when I saw that Dab of Darkness was organizing one for Three Parts Dead, I couldn’t resist! I bought a copy months ago knowing that the premise started with a god dying and that’s really all I need in my fantasy ;-). I also was pumped to see a gorgeous woman of color on the cover with a kick-ass glowy sword in her hand :D. Since this is a read-a-long, there will be spoilers below if you haven’t read up to Chapter 8 in Three Parts Dead, but for those who haven’t read it yet: READ IT NOW!
1. Max Gladstone isn’t holding any hands here, we’re dropped straight into the world (which is a bit ironic given the start – but I’ll get to that) and expected to pick up and run with it. Are you enjoying the style and, more to the point, what ‘reveals’ have been the most surprising for you so far??
I LOVE THIS STYLE! In order to stick with pretty much any book, I need to be curious about the world and eager to discover more so Gladstone is getting the points needed to get on my auto-buy list here ;-). I’m having loads of fun figuring out what the Craft actually involves and what the rules are!
2. At the start of the book Tara graduates and is cast out of school (literally from a great height) simultaneously – any ideas about why that might be?
At first I honestly thought that this was just the normal way for graduates of the school to leave, but then she started referring to her time in a prison and how her Professors probably don’t much like what she is now doing. Given her awesome snarkiness and brilliance, I wonder if she just refused to put up with a blowhard professor ;-).
3. I’m always interested in the magical systems and how they work and the one here seems to almost be a ‘payback’ type of affair. What are your thoughts about the magical system so far, we do have a dead deity after all, not to mention it appears that regular everyday people can access magic as well as deities. Discuss please (if only to enlighten my tiny brain!)
So it sounds like magic used to be only for deities but then Craftpeople learned how to access that power. Tara’s work seems to involve corpses a lot too though in addition to messing with the elements. I got the impression the payback system was just for gods since they get magic from belief or something? I’m not really sure how it all ties together, but I have faith (haha) that there are some awesome rules underlying it all ;-).
4. We’re only a third in but how are you feeling towards the characters so far. Are you developing any favorites already, any sneaky suspicions of any of the characters or are you loving them all?
Tara is the best, obviously! Her boss is interesting but we haven’t gotten to know her enough for me to really pass judgement. I like that there are no clear good guys or bad guys in the story though, just lots of sides to everything. I am hoping we get to know Shale more though, I like him :D.
Overall I’m so so glad I finally started this series! I’m such a sucker for cool magic systems and spunky characters so I just can’t get enough. Now that I’ve written up these answers, don’t mind me while I go read ahead ;-).
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