Dead Country: Book One of the Craft Wars Series (Paperback)

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Dead Country: Book One of the Craft Wars Series (Paperback)


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This is book number 1 in the The Craft Wars series.

From the co-author of the viral New York Times bestseller This is How You Lose the Time War.

Discover the destiny of the Craft in Dead Country, the standalone entry point to Max Gladstone's beloved fantasy epic.


Since her village chased her out with pitchforks, Tara Abernathy has resurrected gods, pulled down monsters, averted wars, and saved a city, twice. She thought she'd left her dusty little hometown forever. But that was before her father died.

As she makes her way home to bury him, she finds a girl, as powerful and vulnerable and lost as she once was. Saving her from raiders twisted by the God Wars, Tara changes the course of the world.

Dead Country is the first book in the Craft Wars Series, a tight sequence of novels that will bring the sprawling saga of the Craft to its end, and the perfect entry point to this incomparable world.

Also Available by Max Gladstone:

The Craft Sequence
1. Three Parts Dead
2. Two Serpents Rise
3. Full Fathom Five
4. Last First Snow
5. Four Roads Cross
6. Ruin of Angels

The Craft Wars
1. Dead Country
2. Wicked Problems

Last Exit
Empress of Forever

This is How You Lose the Time War (with Amal El-Mohtar)

Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award–winning author, MAX GLADSTONE, has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia and once wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat. He is the author of many books, including Last Exit, Empress of Forever, the Craft Sequence of fantasy novels and, with Amal El-Mohtar, the viral New York Times bestseller This Is How You Lose the Time War. His dreams are much nicer than you’d expect.
Product Details ISBN: 9780765395917
ISBN-10: 0765395916
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: The Craft Wars

Finalist for the Locus Award!

“This will not only be relished by fans of the previous books but might also make a terrific starting point for new readers.” —Library Journal, starred review

“The west was never this weird or witchy before.” —Charles Stross

“Intimately personal… and vast enough to change everything. New readers and returning fans alike will be eager for more.” —Publishers Weekly

“Gladstone’s rich, poetic writing, compelling place making, and convincing characters make this a great read, somehow both intensely expansive and satisfyingly contained within a character-based growth narrative.” —Booklist

“While the story itself is gripping, what’s most interesting is what Gladstone has to say about knowing a place in order to make peace with it, as well as the friction between small communities and powerful girls. Dead Country takes this world to a new place, both in terms of the actual story and of the writer’s skill.” —Locus

“If you read fantasy or sci-fi, if you enjoy clever thoughts and unique worldbuilding, if you want something new and fresh and sharp: This is the book for you. Seriously.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller Chronicles, on Three Parts Dead

“Sharp, original, passionate.” —NPR, on the Craft Sequence

“Gladstone packs a lot into his tale (including a brilliant sequence in which Kai encounters another trans person who lacked Kai’s access to divine resources), and longtime readers may find some of his choices surprising.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review, on Ruin of Angels

“Balances rich details and a beautifully descriptive narrative with wit, humor, and plenty of sass for a winning series installment.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ starts, Top Pick!, on Four Roads Cross

“Elegant and ferocious.” —Daniel José Older, author of Half Resurrection Blues, on Last First Snow

“This is the best kind of urban fantasy, filled with diverse characters and thought-provoking philosophies.” —The Washington Post on Full Fathom Five

“If you’ve been looking for a different kind of fantasy—part urban, part epic, maybe something in’ll thoroughly enjoy this novel.” —Carrie Vaughn, author of The Kitty Norville series, on Two Serpents Rise

“Suspenseful and fast-paced throughout, and the diverse, female-led cast is a joy to follow through the fascinating and unusual landscape.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Three Parts Dead

“This book has it all: treachery and love, lyricism and gritty action, existential crisis and space-opera scope, not to mention time traveling superagents. Gladstone's and El-Mohtar's debut collaboration is a fireworks display from two very talented storytellers.” —Madeline Miller on This is How You Lose the Time War

“An intimate and lyrical tour of time, myth and history. Read it.” —New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi on This is How You Lose the Time War

“Elegant and ferocious, Last First Snow bursts with unrelenting urgency.” —Daniel José Older, author of Shadowshaper

“A unique band of adventurers that change each other for the better. It was a wild ride.” —Martha Wells, Hugo Award-winning author on Empress of Forever

“Places Gladstone firmly in the lineage of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson.” —Hugo Award finalist Fran Wilde on Empress of Forever

“[A] deliriously strange novel of alternate universes and dysfunctional explorers. This gloriously metaphysical adventure will stick with you long after you return to the so-called real world.” —Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders on Last Exit