Review: Deadhouse Landing by Ian C. Esslemont

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Deadhouse Landing is the second book in the Path to Ascendancy trilogy by Ian C. Esslemont. I’ve been looking forward to this book since I finished Dancer’s Lament, that should tell you something.

Plot:

Their plans for Li Heng twarthed, Wu (soon to be named Kellanved) and Dancer make their way to the island of Malaz instead, plotting to take it over. They have big plans, and there are plans within plans, and plans that weren’t even plans until they were set in motion. They set up in a bar called Smiley’s, crewed by a group of Napan outsiders, who answer to a woman named Surly.  Strange powers are at play on Malaz, and politics as well. A young priest of Drek finds his faith shaken, when he realises there is a rot within its worshipers. The Sword of Hood encounters troubles in Li Heng and sets out to Malaz, where he intends to place his plague-ridden companion in the Deadhouse. An Azath, of terrible power. The object of Kellanved’s curiosity.

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Review: Dancer’s Lament by Ian C. Esslemont

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Dancer’s Lament is the first novel in the Path to Ascendancy trilogy by Ian C. Esslemont.

Plot:

The walled city of Li Heng has been protected for years by the mysterious Protectress while the minor city states surrounding the city have warred with each other. It is strong, and secure, and protected by not just the powerful sorceress, but also by a cabal of five strong mages. But now there’s war looming, and chaos. And two young men are poised to take advantage of that chaos.

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Review: Assail by Ian C. Esslemont

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Assail is the sixth – and last – novel in the Malazan Empire novel series by Ian C. Esslemont. I was supposed to finish way earlier, but university stuff kept popping up and I sometimes couldn’t even sit down to read one page.

Plot:

The northern land, also known as Assail, is suddenly hailed as a land full of gold, right there for the taking. These tales bring adventurers, merchants and soldiers to its cold and unwelcoming shores. But they forget the parts of the tales that they should have remembered: the inhabitants of Assail are fighters and will meet all trespassers with their swords.

The Crimson Guard, once again under K’zazz’ rule, are drawn to Assail for a different reason: for answers. Also travelling to Assail is the bard Fisher kel Tath and with him a Tiste Andii who no longer knows his name or his past.

And far to the south waits Silverfox, the live summoner of the T’lan Imass and she hopes to stop her people from rekindling their old grudge and crusade, even though she knows, deep in her heart, that she’s already too late.

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Review: Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont

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Blood and Bone is the fifth novel in the line-up of Malazan Empire novels by Ian C. Esslemont and the penultimate novel in the series. It is followed by the last novel called Assail.

Plot:

On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs are trying to invade the legendary jungle called Himatan, after failing time and time again. Himatan is said to be the home of Ardata, powerful entity, Queen of Witches and goddess. Saeng, a young women used to living under the Thaumaturgs’ rule, is coming into her power. Power she didn’t know she had, and she doesn’t know what to do with. But her power is attracting the voices of the dead and those voices lead her and her brother Hanu into that ancient jungle.

While in the south the tribes are preparing to attack the Thaumaturgs’ lands and steal all they can find, under the leadership of the mysterious man called Warleader. He’s an unknown, a foreigner and yet seems to know a whole lot more about the happenings inside the Thaumaturgs’ lands than he should. And the Crimson Guard are approached for a contract…with Ardata herself.

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Review: Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont

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Orb Sceptre Throne is the fourth venture into the Malazan world by author Ian C. Esslemont.

Plot:

Things seem to have finally calmed down in Darujhistan and the citizens are looking forward to peace and quite, though still a bit distrustful of the Malazan contingent. But as always, things are not what they seem. Continue reading