The fourth novel set in the compellingly modern fantasy world of the Craft Sequence.
Max Gladstone is a fencer, a fiddler, and a two-time finalist for the John W. Campbell Award. He is fluent in Mandarin and has taught English in China. Max lives and writes in Somerset, Massachusetts. maxgladstone.com
"Entertaining and intelligent, Last First Snow will take fans of urban fantasy to exciting new territory. While not as easy for new readers to follow, the compelling tale at the center is worth the effort. Gladstone's worldbuilding is an intricate creation with all the modern trappings of today and combined with an action-packed adventure fantasy." --RT Book Reviews"Gladstone adds to his outstanding Craft sequence with a tense legal thriller (the first volume chronologically, but the fourth one published) centered on the Skittersill Rising, an event that sets the scene for the events of 2013's Two Serpents Rise. Twenty years after the defeat of the gods of the land called Dresediel Lex, Craftswoman and lawyer Elayne Kevarian attempts to broker a land management deal for the Dresediel Lex neighborhood of Skittersill. Interested parties include the King in Red, a conqueror of gods; landholder Tan Batac; and priest Temoc Almotil. An encampment of protesters, defiant in the face of impending gentrification, complicates matters. As the specter of civil unrest looms, Elayne navigates old enmities, conspiracy, and rampant greed. Meanwhile, Temoc is torn between his responsibilities to the protestors who look to him for leadership, and his love and devotion to his wife and young son. Gladstone's gift for vivid storytelling, his deep empathy for his characters, his sly satire of current socioeconomic issues, and the rich, diverse world of his novels have become reliable pleasures, always enthralling and somehow consistently improving with every book." --Publishers Weekly, starred review"Elegant and ferocious, Last First Snow bursts with unrelenting urgency. It is a book that wraps us in its complex embrace while demanding we look more deeply at the changing world. Politics and protest violently converge in this full throttle race through the unruly streets of Dresediel Lex, and there is no flinching from difficult truths. This is Max Gladstone at his finest." --Daniel Jose Older, author of Half Resurrection Blues"The Craft Sequence gets better with each volume. Max Gladstone gives us wonderfully relevant bits and pieces of the modern world, turned upside-down and inside-out and garnished with skeleton kings, serpent gods, and lawyer-magicians. It's glorious." --Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names"Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence is my ice cream." --Elizabeth Bear