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Two Serpents Rise

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, 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.


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, New York Times-bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series

Gladstone outdoes himself in this exciting and imaginative return to the brilliantly realized world of Three Parts Dead.

—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Gladstone’s series is thoroughly addictive.  Two Serpents Rise mixes gods, cardsharps, parkour, artists, water rights, and human sacrifice in a world that has both undead skeleton CEOs and “World’s Best Daughter” mugs.

—Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin