Three Parts Dead – Part II

GladstoneThreePartsDeadHello everyone! Welcome to the Three Parts Dead read along! You can catch the schedule over HERE. Feel free to join us int he comments if you like!

This week, I am your host, so make sure to check out everyone’s posts to see what everyone else thinks. My apologies for posting late. It’s been a crazy weekend with the greater half out of town and me trying to make a deadline while also being on farm duty.

This week we covered Chapters 8-14. There be spoilers for up through Chapter 14 in the Q&A below!

1)Throughout this section, we learn little tidbits about our main characters: Tara & her time at the Secret Universities, Kevarian and her past works, Abelard & his childhood. What fascinated you the most?

Tara’s time in the Secret Universities was the most interesting, though I suspect Ms. Kevarian has some stories to top Tara’s. It seems Prof Donovo is pretty corrupt and that the school is OK with turning a blind eye. No wonder Tara set his lab on fire!

And did I understand that correctly? Did Kevarian create Justice like 40 years ago after Kos’s love, Cyril (spelling?), died? Wow! So I bet there would be plenty of awkward silences over tea between Kat & Kevarian, should they ever sit down for a break.

And who knew Abelard had a thing for boilers from such a young age? Perhaps he would have been an engineer had there been any schools around.

2) So many conspiracies! Someone tried to burn out some of Raz’s memories, there were super secret contracts between the dead Cabot and Kos and some unknown third party, and Abelard found a hidden altar in the heart of Kos’s church! Do you think they are connected?

Right now, yes, I think we will find all these things connected by the end of the book. Though I don’t really know how that will all tie together. I am not too sure what Raz was carrying and how it ties to this case. Perhaps that chest had a copy of the super secret contracts, but a copy that wasn’t missing the co-signer’s name.

The hidden altar took time, money, and plenty of folks being hush hush in order to set up. I think Abelard might be in for huge, nasty shock to find many members of his beloved church in on the conspiracy. He might cry over it, poor dude.

And, of course, I really want the evil Donovo to be tangled up in it all so that he falls and breaks several bones, along with having his reputation destroyed, by the end of the book. But that might just be wishful thinking.

3) This question is just for fun & came about from discussion over at Violin in the Void last week. Abelard is a chain smoker and his worship of Kos keeps him safe from any ill effects of said smoking. If there were multiple deities who could protect you from ill effects of different vices (alcohol, illicit drugs, gluttony, etc.), which vice, if any, would you pick?

I have been pondering this question for a week. I really have 2 vices – sex and food. Luckily, I have a very accommodating man in my life, so sex is not an issue. But what if I didn’t have him? Well, then I would need protection from STDs and unintended pregnancies (because no birth control is 100%). Oh, and also the gift to choose partners wisely. So, would I choose food to sex, if I was to worship a deity? Hmmm….well, I am a pretty good cook. So I will go with sex.

4) Stonemen! Will Tara be able to win over Shale and gain his assistance? Will Justice’s Black Suits face off against them, potentially destroying the city? Discuss!

Wow! OK, if Tara is to win over Shale she either has to protect him from something bigger and nastier or offer him something he desperately wants and can’t get elsewhere. After all, she did practically kill him, take his face off, interrogate him on a mannequin’s head, and then carry him around for a few days folded up in a book in her handbag. That won’t be easy to forget, even if she did save him from the Black Suits.

The Stonemen seem fascinating, especially now that we have a bit more of their past. But they also seem very married to that past and unable to let go and redefine themselves. With that said, the Black Suits are very married to their purpose and don’t appear to be very flexible. I think that if Tara can’t clear things up in a hurry then these two parties will clash and the city could be left in ruin.

5) The Courthouse of Crafts is a strange place. Feel free to comment on it. Ms. Kevarian tells Tara, last minute, that she will be the one to face Donovo. Calculated way to boost Tara’s confidence? Or a cruel way to test her?

Yes, that is an odd building. Since the building somehow knows your purpose there, and will only let you walk to the area you need, I wonder if it also shows you the exterior you need to see? Also, this kind of craftwork probably keeps people from getting up to mischief..or at least, makes them work really hard to accomplish it.

The face off between Donovo and Tara was very interesting. The imagery of the dead Kos mixed with the legalese speak was fascinating! I think Tara did well, considering the hold Donovo had on her mind in the past. As for Ms. Kevarian’s intentions…..well, I am not sure yet. We don’t know all the much about her, and she keeps a lot close to her chest. However, I do get the feeling that she has a great dislike for Donovo, so whatever her reasoning for putting Tara in the ring, I doubt it was to benefit Donovo in any way.

Other Tidbits:

When Abelard asked Kevarian her age, and we learned a bit more about what Crafting does to the user’s body, ugh! But also, hooray! They can live as a long as they are creative enough to find a way to do so. But it seems they have to give up plenty as they age. Care to inhabit a stone statue for a few decades?

There have been a few references to Tara using starfire, and one reference to her sitting naked at night in order to absorb starlight for her Crafting. I wonder how long one night’s worth of starlight lasts? Does it kind of fade a bit each day, even with out use? Fascinating!

Such a cliff hanger! Tara is about to face off with Shale. Kat is messing around with the sleeping Raz, getting her next fix. Meanwhile, Abelard is running for his life from some horrible shadow monster. It was really hard for me to stop at this point.

Below are the blogs participating:

Lauren – Violin in a Void
Heather – The Bastard Title
Susan (me) – Dab of Darkness

11 thoughts on “Three Parts Dead – Part II”

  1. 1. Yep, Kevarian and Denovo created Justice. If anything I imagine this would make Cat more respectful of Kevarian, although on the other hand, what do you say to the person who basically created your god? Ok, Justice isn’t a god, but she’s similar and Cat is in her thrall.

    2. Wasn’t the chest just part of the false memory that his mind created to cover up the loss of the truth?
    And ugh, yes, I hope to see Denovo come to a horrible end too.

    3. *high five!* And here I was thinking maybe it’s a bit weird to choose lust, but now I feel much better 😀 How nice would it be not to worry about birth control or nasty (potentially fatal) infections?

    And wow, this bit really did end on quite a cliffhanger! Besides all the shit going down, I wonder how Tara is going to feel when she realises that she unthinkingly sent an addict in a weakened state of mind into close quarters with her addiction.

    1. I bet Cat has all sorts of mixed feelings towards Kevarian. Justice makes Cat incredible, but only when she is doing the avatar thing. I bet the downer she is left with really feeds into her addiction.

      Uh….yeah, so Raz’s chest…hmmm….I am listening to the audiobook while I weave, so I don’t catch everything. Oooops.

      Hooray for lust! If I find such a deity, I will let you know.

  2. Yep, definitely a cliffhanger!
    And you two with your lustiness. LOL
    Plus ‘she did practically kill him, take his face off, interrogate him on a mannequin’s head, and then carry him around for a few days folded up in a book in her handbag.’ – it’s not often that you get to say that about a book that you’ve been reading.
    Denovo is definitely a sleezebag – waiting to see how Tara gets the better of him.
    Lynn 😀

    1. There’s always room for more at the altar of Lust. 😉

      I have been thinking of creative ways for Denovo to meet his end…..I am hoping we will see a bit of that in this week’s reading.

  3. 1- I found Tara and the Secret Universities most intriguing, which I suppose is good since she’s the main character. The whole set-up and functioning of Justice vs. the god really interested me, too. Going by the example of Cat, Justice seems to take people in and then spit them out as mush when they’re not Justice, and I wonder how that is sustainable.

    2- Certainly they’re going to connect in some way or another. There are a lot of plates spinning right now, and it’s actually somewhat hard for me as a reader to keep them straight in my head. But I am putting trust in the ultimate reveal

    3- Gluttony all the way, baby. I have lots of issues with food and I would like those all to go away and also to be able to indulge without any consequences, please.

    4- The Stonemen are my favorite part of the book at the moment. I just can’t recall seeing many gargoyles in fiction, and I find them fascinating. I’m sure that if Tara can not unravel the various conspiracies some sort of conflict is imminent, and I’m not sure who would have the upper hand.

    5- The scenes in the Courthouse were crazy. I think Kevarian’s standard MO is to throw people in the deep end: if they can’t keep up, then they’re not worth her time. It might be cruel with another type of character–in a different book with a different protagonist Kevarian could be written the same way and still come out a villain–but Tara’s already shown a few times that she can step up.

    1. Very good point about Justice and chewing people up and spitting them out. I guess Justice just sees all the city’s resources as at her disposal (literally) and those resources include the humans.

      After reading this book, and seeing what gargoyles can do as characters, I would love more fiction about them. Perhaps they will be the next craze after we get tired of all the undead?

      1. Have you read “Heart of Stone” by C.E. Murphy? That also features gargoyles (and lawyers). ^_^ It’s a very different kind of urban fantasy, but if you’d like more fiction about gargoyles, it’s worth looking into if you hadn’t heard of it before. ^_^

  4. It was definitely hard to stop! I’m really glad I managed to hold off long enough to answer the questions, but I’m afraid then I had to pick it up and read on right away. ^_^;

    There were so many good things in these chapters, though. I loved all the ways the plot started to move towards its conclusion. It’s so good that we got to learn more about Tara’s school and I’m feeling a little better about the way Gladstone handled the beginning now. As much as I want to know more details about Tara’s time at the Hidden Schools, I like that we had to wait for that information. It made that scene much more powerful to me if we’re only discovering the backstory here and already know there is a backstory.

    1. That is great that you are enjoying the book so much after it had a bit of so-so start for you. 🙂

      Totally agree – learning the backstory as we did made the scene much more potent. Plus, we got to see Cat’s reaction to Tara’s stricken look and trembling when she saw Donovo in the courthouse. Cat thought they might have been lovers!

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