Three Parts Dead

It’s a rainy day outside and my mind has been all over the place, but mostly in Alt Coulumb, the city setting for my novel Three Parts Dead.

In Three Parts Dead, we enter a fantastic world a hundred years after human magicians (called Craftsmen) first discovered how to manipulate the same powers as the immortal gods. An immense war ensued, many Gods and Craftsmen perished, and now, fifty years after the ensuing truce, the two halves of the world, faithful and godless, live in varying degrees of uneasy peace with one another.

That is, until a young monk in Alt Coulumb, the steam-powered city of one of the greatest remaining gods, begins his nightly devotions to discover something is horribly wrong. And Tara Abernathy, an associate Craftswoman in the nefarious firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, will be hired to put it right…

Three Parts Dead is a steampunk-urban fantasy-legal thriller with some religion thrown in; I’m very excited about it and I hope you loyal readers out there in the interland will enjoy it too.

6 Responses to “Three Parts Dead”

  1. Alana Abbott

    1) You need a mock-up cover so I can put that I’m reading 3PD in my sidebar at lj.

    2) Does this blog have an lj feed? Or is it because I’ve not been keeping up in lj that I’ve missed these recent posts?

  2. Max

    1) I will throw one together tonight! Work has a frustrating way of getting in the path of graphic design projects.

    2) See my e-mail to you; I really should hook this up with a livejournal feed somehow but I remain unclear how to do so. You can follow this blog using an RSS reader, though!

  3. engevapoere

    Awesome Post. I add this Post to my bookmarks.

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  5. hotgirl

    discussed a lot on faith, justice, and the relationship between humanity and their gods. This is not an uncommon topic in the fantasy genre, a lot of great authors have done this approach and I think with that in mind, Gladstone was still able to deliver a great discussion on the topic. The characters were well developed, original, and diverse. There were some moments where I thought some of the characters were unimportant compared to the others but by the end, I realized how wrong I am. Gladstone prepared everything for the last chapter and epilogue of the book. You just have to be patient and believe that everything has a reason. Believe me, the actions in the last chapter of the book was surprisingly godlike, especially considering how small the sizes of this book relatively. During my time of reading, I was continuously fascinated by how imaginative every factor of this book was. Necromancy, Craftsmen flying on lightning bolts, city-ruling gargoyles, floating cities, and Courtroom of Craft (this part was absolutely brilliant) were just a few things on how originally brilliant and well-crafted—see what I did there?—the world-building was. I also loved reading Gladstone’s prose. Although Bennett’s prose in


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