Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless is a problematic novel. That’s hardly a damning thing to say about Valente. Even Shakespeare had his famous slough of problem plays. Nor is it any reason not to read Deathless, which is an ambivalent text with a great deal more to offer than disappointment. But the ambivalence does make Deathless a difficult novel to review—I have neither spleen to vent, nor unqualified praise to offer.