Wicked Problems : Book Two of the Craft Wars Series - Max Gladstone

Wicked Problems

Book Two of the Craft Wars Series

By: Max Gladstone

Paperback | 9 April 2024

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

Gods and lawyers battle for the soul of the world in the action-packed second volume of Max Gladstone's Craft Wars, an epic fantasy like no other.

A deadly force has been unleashed into the world. With apocalypse on the horizon, a girl and a god have joined in order to turn back the coming end. Young, brash, and desperate, they are willing to destroy anything and everything that stands between them and their goals. The structures of the Craft are theirs to overturn, with billions of lives in the balance. And it is all Tara Abernathy's fault.

The battle for the world of the Craft is heating up. A dead god will rise. A mountain will fall. Ancient fire will be stolen. And while Tara races to stop Dawn's plans, the end draws ever closer, skittering across the stars to swallow the world. The Craft Wars enter their second stage in Wicked Problems.

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)

Industry Reviews

Praise for Max Gladstone

"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

"A unique band of adventurers that change each other for the better. It was a wild ride." --Martha Wells, New York Times and international bestselling author on Empress of Forever

"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, New York Times bestselling author on Three Parts Dead

"Sharp, original, passionate." --NPR on the Craft Sequence

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

"[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

"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, on Dead Country

"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 on Dead Country

"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

"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

"Elegant and ferocious, Last First Snow bursts with unrelenting urgency." --Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper

"Intimately personal... and vast enough to change everything. New readers and returning fans alike will be eager for more." --Publishers Weekly on Dead Country

"The west was never this weird or witchy before." --Charles Stross on Dead Country

"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, 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

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

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