The Ruin of Angels

The Ruin of Angels Max Gladstone returns with Six Feet Over the sixth novel in the Craft Sequence which The Washington Post calls the best kind of urban fantasy and NPR calls sharp original and passionate The God Wa

  • Title: The Ruin of Angels
  • Author: Max Gladstone
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Max Gladstone returns with Six Feet Over, the sixth novel in the Craft Sequence, which The Washington Post calls the best kind of urban fantasy and NPR calls sharp, original, and passionate The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place Dead deities litter the surroundiMax Gladstone returns with Six Feet Over, the sixth novel in the Craft Sequence, which The Washington Post calls the best kind of urban fantasy and NPR calls sharp, original, and passionate The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once independent city while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.Priestess investment banker Kai Pohala last seen in Full Fathom Five hits town to corner Agdel Lex s burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Lei But Kai finds Lei desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal When Lei ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first But Lei has her own plans, involving her ex girlfriend, a daring heist into the god haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city Because Alikand might not be completely dead and some people want to finish the job.

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    1. New Craft book!!!I got lucky with an ARC thanks to Netgalley and I immediately got sucked right into the story since I had just gotten caught up with the previous publication-order book, Four Roads Cross. Unfortunately for me, as well as everyone else who reads these books, I still have to do timeline juggling in my head because the later Full Fathom Five takes place AFTER Four Roads Cross and it's now even worse because the new book doesn't even have a handy number-sequence in the title. Check [...]

    2. Discworld meets Final Fantasy in Max Gladstone's Craft novels. I say Discworld because Pratchett's opus was a project about understanding the world through the fantastic, everything from the post to death itself made droll and bitter-funny — and so too the Craft books are a long Mobius journey into a world totally unlike ours and yet full of the same problems. But where Discworld traded in comedy, the Craft deals cards from a deck of modern thrillers and roleplaying games. Nowhere outside Fina [...]

    3. “YES.” That is the only word I found when I went to look at my first draft of this review and I thought I should keep it. It really translates my state of excitement and joyfulness upon finishing this book, how this book did justice to a remarquable cast of characters, while juggling with an epic number of plotlines.It is important to note that 90% of the characters in this books are women and I loved all these ladies SO MUCH. When I say that this book has almost only women protagonists I’ [...]

    4. Gladstone continues doing his own thing and rocking it. This time it’s venture capital, mind controlling squid-gods, investment banking, Lovecraftian alternate realities overlaid upon our own, and flannel clad and bearded hipsters.I still for the life of me can’t figure out how the man makes this stuff work so well, but by the Blue Lady he does. Even with Oathbringer waiting for me, this was engrossing. If I have a complaint, it’s that the last 20% or so was entirely supertense climax, and [...]

    5. Can someone please have a conversation with me about mentions of women shaving their legs in fantasy novels? I have a pretty extreme negative reaction to it (read: it fills me with rage), but maybe it's just me.Aaaaaanyway, it took me a really long time to get into this one. I just couldn't seem to get attached to any of the new characters until very late in the game, and though I was very excited to see Tara Abernathy again so soon, she's honestly hardly in this book at all (but yay, Kai and Iz [...]

    6. Max Gladstone returns to the world of his Craft Sequence and especially the character of Kai, a protagonist in the prior novel Full Fathom Five. While there are references to the events of that novel, the plot stands on its own. I don’t know if it’s the first book I’d suggest as an introduction to the series, but it could work, especially if you’re looking for a fantasy book with queer female characters.Also, I think I can keep this review free from spoilers of prior books. So read witho [...]

    7. As always, Gladstone has written an immersive story, this time about start ups, art, and ventures that are all a bit strange. As to be expected. I love that we got Kai back. Full Fathom Five was one of the highlights of the craft sequence for me, and following her and Izza made for fun times. They're strong, and witty, and very much full of doubt whether or not they're doing the right thing. This was a fair bit longer than the previous novels, and it felt it. Not in a bad way, as there was so mu [...]

    8. I adored this. More Tara. More godpunk fractured worlds. Magic corporations and nightmare powered telecoms. Artists and angels and squid-borg-parasites.Max Gladstone's writing is the perfect balance of poetry and story; both dreamy painterliness and fast-paced action.And I'm pretty sure that this is the most beautiful and true paragraph about being trans ever published in a fantasy novel: "“I understand that during initiation Kavekanese priests and priestesses rebuild themselves around their s [...]

    9. A bit too slow to start -- too many plot threads trying to move simultaneously -- but once it hits its stride it is *amazing.* Call it a 4.5, rounded up because squid.

    10. Gladstone has written: "This is a book about troubles in close relationships, about good intentions gone wrong, about self-deception and self-liberation, and family. Also, venture capital, surveillance culture, startups, the Future (which is Murder), geopolitics, soul trade, mapping, & criminal evangelism."All the three stars are for that. I give no additional stars for the way all that is delivered in this one. It all seems forced, and it seems that whenever the plot had to change something [...]

    11. I'm kind of sad to write this review, since Max Gladstone is one of my favorites, and The Craft Sequence has been stellar. This one just didn't connect with me. It's from a different publisher with a different art style, but I figured it would feel the same as the first five books, which I really loved, but it didn't really feel that similar.The beauty of this series of the great mix of realism and surrealism, pushing the weirdness of dragons, sorcerers, demons, and skeleton kings with actuaries [...]

    12. At this point, there's no need for me to say that I loved this book: Gladstone has fast become one of my favorite authors, and a few years down the line, if he continues to keep his consistency in terms of publishing and quality up, he'll probably rival folks like Sanderson and Butcher in terms of how much I care about his books. As it is, I stayed up on the day of release so that I could buy the ebook as soon as it was available, and I read the book in three sittings - and that was only because [...]

    13. Beautiful covers, interesting blurbs, and an interview with the author, brought me to this series in the first half of this year. I have since then read four of the six standalone novels in Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence series, that are connected by the world they are set in, themes, and some characters that reappear here and then. My ratings range from 4 to 5 stars and I spent many hours experiencing and discovering the setting.The Craft Sequence needs a focused reader who learns by observat [...]

    14. I should state up front that I'm not the target audience for this book. I enjoyed the first couple of books in the Craft Sequence, but the more I read of it, the more tedious I found it. Reusing the characters seemed like a cool idea in theory, but not in practice; it felt like the characterization got lazier with each book, and I couldn't find myself vested in any of the characters in the stories.Six books into the series, The Ruin of Angels is no different. Gladstone gets rid of the told-out [...]

    15. I've loved every book of the Craft sequence so far, and this one is no exception. This one sees Kai (from Full Fathom Five) go to Agdel Lex to invest on behalf of her goddess. However, when she gets there, her estranged sister is already there, and asking for her help. Agdel Lex used to be Alikand, until the Iskari came. Now the two cities coexist uneasily on top of each other, Agdel Lex living, and Alikand dead, and Delvers slip into the dead city, risking death themselves, to retrieve the lost [...]

    16. Reading a Craft Novel is an experience like no other. It's so hard to summarize these books in a review - there are multiple themes, hooks, cool ideas, magical escapades, excellent diverse characters, and levels of complexities that defy simplification. This one is another stellar addition to the universe. On one hand it is about time traveling archaeological thieves, family libraries, squid gods, Knight champions, startups, angels, gods, space flight launches and train heists, all with multiple [...]

    17. This comes together really well, and I loved seeing Izza again and found Gal fascinating, but I spent a lot of the first half going, "WTF, Ley, why don't you tell someone what's happening?" so that knocks it down a star. I find that kind of "I can't tell you because it's dangerous! Just trust me!" business to be really irritating.

    18. This is a book about who gets define consensus reality, wrapped in a story about a heist from a interdimensionally lost library, with swipes along the way at airline travel, VC culture, gentrification, and too many froyo places. Also almost all the main and secondary characters are female and most of those are dating other ladies.

    19. I felt like I was missing a fair amount because I couldn't remember exactly what had happened in the other books featuring Tara and Kai. Mostly, though, the writing was that "let me use a lot of words but not actually explain anything because that's more highbrow" style that you get in bad fanfic. Finally, this more than the others set up its motivations on the oppressor-oppressed axis in a not very developed and therefore kind of boring way.

    20. This is a really disappointing follow up and at best a mediocre fantasy novel.I really like the Craft Sequence despite some hangups. I love the intricacies of the Craft and the vibrant worlds that surround it. This book doesn’t work and has the feeling of a filler episode, hastily repurposing plotlines from somewhere else.I would have liked the setting, the broken city and the people working with that, each their own way. But the frontlines are drawn early with the evil squid people on the one [...]

    21. I think Max Gladstone's Craft books are the only series I'm fully on top of these days, the only series where, when I hear there's a new book out, I place a hold on it at the library immediately and drop everything when it arrives. I'm currently a few issues behind on the New Yorker, because this book is big, and also I definitely stayed up past my bedtime the night I finished it, but I don't care: that is the kind of series this is, and this book did not disappoint. This book wears its heart an [...]

    22. This book was stunning. I loved it. I have to hit the spoilers warning because it's impossible to talk about what I loved so much without spoilers. Kai! I loved Kai in Five Fathoms and I continue to love her here. Perhaps even more now because I've read all the other books and here she is the normal person. She's the lens through which I can see the scope of the craziness that I've grown used to by reading the other books. And she's still prickly and proud and leads with her heart over her head [...]

    23. Every time I think 'this is the best book of the Craft Sequence', Mr. Gladstone goes and writes a new book. I loved this series the minute I dumped myself into it (which was with Full Fathom Five which was not the best place to start a series but eh, I'm a rebel) and just every book has more things to love about it. Ruin of Angels doesn't have the tension of Last First Snow, it doesn't have the desperation of Three Parts Dead or Four Roads Cross. It doesn't have the heartbreak of Two Serpents Ri [...]

    24. A Craft Sequence novel is always a highlight of a reading year. Max Gladstone's unique universe always channels depth, creativity, emotion and a connection to our own, and "The Ruin of Angels" is no exception.This time, we finally experience the Iskari first hand. We have been reading hints about them since "Three Parts Dead", and I have to say that it was worth the wait. Gladstone surprises with more detail into the history of the area, the God Wars, the influence of the Iskari, the true nature [...]

    25. With The Ruin of Angels, Gladstone shifts The Craft Sequence into a new major arc. The first books stood on their own as fantasy-legal-thrillers, but now he's aiming higher, with the fate of the entire world at stake. The magical technology that sustains the setting is burning through necromantic earths and human souls at a dangerous pace, and something has to give.The city of Alikand is one place where that something has already given. The first Master of the Craft, Gerhardt, waged war against [...]

    26. A layered city, squid lords who want to impose reality, art as a form of control, and heaps of recurring characters coming back. It should be the recipe for something amazing, but somehow if feels like less than the sum of its parts. (view spoiler)[The novel is off to a very slow start, mainly because it struggles to give motivation to its characters and to conceptualize the nature of the game. Kai, despite being the main character, seems to be there just to give Izza an excuse to get there late [...]

    27. You can almost hear Gladstone leveling up every book. I don't want to give anything away, because not only is this book chock-full of almost all my favorite things (wlw, magical warriors, seemingly-unrequited love, body horror, eldritch abominations, angels, eldritch locations, female friendship, found family, story-telling, hope, outer space), but because the heist aspect of this story is absolutely delightful. The writing is beautiful -- though I did come across a bunch of typos in the last qu [...]

    28. More fascinating worldbuilding, with a story set in the city of Agdel Lex. (Or Alikand, depending on what your memories are and how stable reality is around you.) Kai Pohala has come to Agdel Lex on business, and figures she'll reconnect with her sister Ley while she's in town. From there, I'll leave the summary to the publisher, who does a better job than I'm going to manage, although I'll add that there's a lot more going on than will fit on the back of a book. (The) Ruin of Angels—like Agde [...]

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