Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five

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"On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren't conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods--perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she's grievously injured--then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear--which will crush her, if Kai can't stop it first"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765335746
0765335743
Characteristics: 382 pages.

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daeb
Jan 03, 2016

It's still called The Craft Sequence. Just to offset someone's very personal and biased review of books the reviewer doesn't even call the right name, I'd like to say that this is a very well-written story, but it is not as easy to follow as, say, Jim Butcher. Nothing weak or vague here, but Gladstone does not hand-feed readers the same mush so much other urban fiction attempts to offer in place of good writing. This is a fascinating, if rather oblique look into the idolatry and religion served by the Craft in this universe. It focuses on one of the most important aspects of all these books, the nature of sacrifice and its effects on both those sacrificing and those sacrificed to. Gladstone is a skilled writer, but not one who panders to fanboys. It is, I am sorry to say, absolutely not easy to skim through this story, so if you are looking for something lighter, go elsewhere. For readers willing to invest time, effort and more than a cursory read, the Craft Sequence is a rare find. Beautifully written and thought-provoking, but again, not for those unwilling to actually think about what they are reading.

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Gentowl
Oct 01, 2015

Each book in Gladstone's Craft Series has gotten worse and worse. This is the third one published and exemplifies all his weaknesses: too vague descriptions of his religions (in this case, an island that serves as an offshore bank for "soulstuff"), shallow characters despite lengthy descriptions, killingly slow pace, big themes treated poorly. This book is about resistance to change but the telling is not substantial enough to shed light on the theme. Instead, the theme is simply stated at the end.

I slogged through it only so I could write this review with some legitimacy. I feel like I've run a marathon through mountain and desert.

Absolutely nothing happens in the first 3/4 of this book! Only endless descriptions of things that don't matter to the plot.

If you should read this, just get through the introductions of Kai, Cat, Izza, Margot, Mako, and Jace. Claude is optional. Then skip to Chapter 46.

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