Review: Kellanved’s Reach by Ian. C. Esslemont

Kellanved’s Reach is the final instalment of the Path to Ascendancy trilogy by Ian C. Esslemont, and I remember pre-ordering it as soon as I heard it was coming out.

Plot:

Kellanved, Dancer and Surly have great plans for Malaz Island, and Kellanved has even greater plans for the future. The city states of Quon Tali are warring amongst each other, too busy to care much about the upstart Dal Honese mage scheming behind the scenes. But they should take him more seriously, as should everyone who serves him, or call him his ally. Kellanved cares little about politics or war. He is looking to uncover a mystery, one much darker and more dangerous than anyone could imagine. The Army of Dust and Bone. Continue reading

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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: Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont

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Night of Knives is a novel/novella (I’m not really sure) set in the Malazan world we know and love so well. Esslemont co-created the Malazan world with Steven Erikson and it’s actually the prequel to Gardens of the Moon.

Plot:

It’s the night long prophesied: the night Emperor Kellanved and his trusted companion and master assassin Dancer return to Malaz City. A night full of terrors and unspeakable acts – committed both by and to their loyalists and their enemies. Surly, the Imperial Regent has had a taste of power and unwilling to give it all up, lays a trap. But who is truly playing who? Continue reading