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Publisher's Summary

American Gods meets The Dark Tower in a dark, contemporary fantasy of the open road, alternate realities, and self-discovery, from a Locus-nominated and Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer. 

Ten years ago, Zelda led a band of merry adventurers whose knacks let them travel to alternate realities and battle the black rot that threatened to unmake each world. Zelda was the warrior; Ish could locate people anywhere; Ramon always knew what path to take; Sarah could turn catastrophe aside. Keeping them all connected: Sal, Zelda’s lover and the group's heart.   

Until their final, failed mission, when Sal was lost. When they all fell apart.   

Ten years on, Ish, Ramon, and Sarah are happy and successful. Zelda is alone, always traveling, destroying rot throughout the US.   

When it boils through the crack in the Liberty Bell, the rot gives Zelda proof that Sal is alive, trapped somewhere in the alts. Zelda’s getting the band back together - plus Sal’s young cousin June, who has a knack none of them have ever seen before.   

As relationships rekindle, the friends begin to believe they can find Sal and heal all the worlds. It’s not going to be easy, but they’ve faced worse before.   

But things have changed, out there in the alts. And in everyone's hearts.   

Fresh from winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Max Gladstone weaves elements of American myth - the muscle car, the open road, the white-hatted cowboy - into a deeply emotional tale where his characters must find their own truths if they are to survive.

©2022 Max Gladstone (P)2021 Recorded Books

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An adults His Dark Trilogy all in one book

I have never been let down by Max Gladstones books and this one is no exception. This is a perfect book to dive into and get lost in, plenty of thrilling plot twists and a satisfying ending. Can’t wait to listen to another of his great stories!

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never left a bad review but this was rough

struggled to finish, waste of time and money. full of woke virtue signaling and no story.

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Regrets, this book has a few

I wish I could see a word cloud for this book to confirm which phrases of regret are used most often, but anecdotally I don't think I've ever heard so much inner monologue about being "broken", how everything "all turned out wrong" and it's "all my fault" (from every characters perspective). If you manage to wade through the sea of regrets, the underlying story is interesting (it kept me listening).

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this is one of the best novels I have ever read, a perfect blend of science fiction and the mythos of the road

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Poverty that is a novel - a novel that explains s poetry

This book is a tour de force of fantasy and psychology of insight and foresight. A joy to read and a joy to hear. Unremittingly dark and extremely hopeful. Give it time, let it unfold, and you’ll be glad you did.

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First of all I haven't finished this book so read on at your own risk.

This story seems interesting but it's very hard to follow the cloyingly florid delivery. I kept getting lost as it went on, realizing that the author has been droning on and on with the "10th grade AP English" tone for so long I've stopped paying attention, only to then notice that I'm still in the middle of this chapter long description of the thoughts and emotions that surfaced that one time when a character drank coffee or drove a car. I'll try to finish but I promise nothing...

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Good story, unlistenable

Somewhere in all the angsty poetry is an interesting story; I think. Honestly, the premise of the story is interesting but the characters' inner monologue is a never ending melodramatic word salad.

When I got to the scene where he describes a character whistling in a Walmart parking lot as 'a corpse flower opening' I decided to leave this review.

I haven't decided if I'll finish this yet. I want to know more of the story but it takes 20 mins for a character to express all her feelings about washing her hands in a public restroom. I'm 43; this feels like discussing literature with college sophomores. ugh.