Two Serpents Rise

Two Serpents Rise

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Shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altermoc - casual gambler and professional risk manager - to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him. But Caleb has more than the demon infestation, Mal, or job security to worry about when he discovers that his father-the last priest of the old gods and leader of the True Quechal terrorists - has broken into his home and is wanted in connection to the attacks on the water supply. From the beginning, Caleb and Mal are bound by lust, Craft, and chance, as both play a dangerous game where gods and people are pawns. They sleep on water, they dance in fire...and all the while the Twin Serpents slumbering beneath the earth are stirring, and they are hungry.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 421.84g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0765333120
  • 9780765333124
  • 738,525

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"If you've been looking for a different kind of fantasy--part urban, part epic, maybe something in between--you'll thoroughly enjoy this novel."
--Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series, on "Two Serpents Rise"
"I "really" liked it. . . . It's steampunk/religious/thriller/alt-verse/fantasy. It's gritty and complicated but I enjoyed it a "lot" because it was "different." . . . Definitely on board for another!"
--Felicia Day, writer, producer, and star of "The Guild
""One of the best debut fantasy novels I've read in years. . . an entertaining and intelligent story . . . . Fans of genre-bending pulp, courtroom dramas, well-built worlds, interesting characters and new paradigms of magic and power will be just as pleased by this book as I was. And just as anxiously awaiting Gladstone's next one."
--"io9," on "Three Parts Dead
""The combination of legal thriller and steam-powered fantasy may seem improbable, but Gladstone makes it work with an appealing cast and a setting rich in imaginative details....the story remains suspenseful and fast-paced throughout, and the diverse, female-led cast is a joy to follow through the fascinating and unusual landscape."
--"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review, on "Three Parts Dead
""Max Gladstone has created a fascinating universe and equally fascinating characters.... This is his first novel. I can't wait for his second."
--Jerry Pournelle, author of "Lucifer's Hammer," on "Three Parts Dead
""A book which intrigued, thrilled, and delighted me by turns, and had me cackling in righteous satisfaction at the conclusion. . . . this is a seriously good book, and Max Gladstone is a writer to watch out for."
--"Strange Horizons," on "Three Parts Dead
"""The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" meets "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms."... "Three Parts Dead" elevates the word "awesome" back to its godly context with its world building, compelling characters, and action that does
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About Max Gladstone

MAX GLADSTONE went to Yale, where he wrote a short story that became a finalist in the Writers of the Future competition. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. "Two Serpents Rise" is his second novel.
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5,848 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,481)
4 46% (2,682)
3 24% (1,384)
2 5% (270)
1 1% (31)
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