Two Serpents Rise

Two Serpents Rise

3.9 (6,537 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.9 (6,537 ratings by Goodreads)

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[A] taut and unique blend of legal drama, fantasy, and noir. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

Shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc--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.

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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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 146 x 209 x 24mm | 308g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765333139
  • 9780765333131
  • 193,966

Review quote

"I enjoyed this book more than [Three Parts Dead]. And that's really saying something."
--Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller Chronicles

"Gladstone outdoes himself in this exciting and imaginative return to the brilliantly realized world of Three Parts Dead." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Two Serpents Rise

"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

"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 1/2 stars)
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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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Rating details

3.9 out of 5 stars
- 6,537 ratings
5 25% (1,642)
4 46% (2,990)
3 24% (1,566)
2 5% (297)
1 1% (42)
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