Four Roads Cross

Tor. (Craft Sequence, Bk. 5). Jul. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780765379429. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466868410. FANTASY
In the city of Alt Coulumb, the moon goddess Seril is back from the (supposed) dead, and her gargoyle enforcers try to protect the people, even those who wish she was still gone. The fire god, Kos Everburning, is facing an onslaught by powerful creditors attempting to take over his church—and his power. Tara Abernathy, the fire god's Craftswoman, must face off against an old classmate and the necromantic firm of magician lawyers arriving in Alt Coulumb. Blacksuit Catherine Elle and vampire Raz Pelham are working in town as well, facing off against monster pirates and the zombie trade. As tensions rise in the community, it will take all Tara, Cat, and Raz possess to calm the city and protect both the people and the church.
VERDICT Gladstone's fifth outing in the "Craft Sequence" series (after Last First Snow) brings back many familiar faces. A tight yet intricate plot, accompanied by a slew of amazing characters, make this utterly delightful either as a stand-alone or for series fans.
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