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: 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: Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont

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Well, at least this one felt like a novel. Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont is supposed to be read right after Steven Erikson‘s The Bonehunters – though as I finished my MBotF reread some weeks ago, I wasn’t able to do that.

Plot:

The Crimson Guard is preparing to strike at Laseen’s empire and finish it once and for all. Laseen is preparing to fight of her attackers – both externally and internally – and solidify her position for once and for all. Both forces come together at Li Heng, whose walls have only been breached by the previous Emperor Kellanved, and which imprisons a beast that could kill them all if released. Continue reading