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Caleb Altenoc, son of one of the last priests of the now dead Quechal gods, works as a risk manager for Red King Consolidated, a powerful business run by the Red King, a skeletal immortal who has taken the place of the ousted gods. When someone poisons the city reservoir, the Red King suspects Quechal terrorists—and assigns Caleb to find the criminals and resolve the problems. Caleb only has one lead—a daring female cliffrunner whose presence he detected at the reservoir on the night of the poisoning. He also has one clear suspect—his father. VERDICT Gladstone follows his acclaimed debut, Three Parts Dead, with another fast-paced fantasy thriller set in the same world. This time, he focuses on the sprawling city of Dresediel Lex, rich in a history and culture reminiscent of the Aztecs, which serves as a dramatic backdrop for the novel's action. This worthy sequel should receive attention from fans of China Miéville and Steven Erikson.