Review: Dancer’s Lament by Ian C. Esslemont


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


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: Fall of Light by Steven Erikson


Fall of Light is the long-awaited sequel to the first book in The Kharkanas trilogy (which is a prequel to the Malazan Book of the Fallen series) by Steven Erikson. I couldn’t wait to read this book after devouring Forge of Darkness.


Civil war is now ravaging through Kurald Galain, and the Tiste are thrown into chaos, forced to choose sides in a war no one wants – or to reject both sides altogether. The three Purake brothers upon whom shoulders rest the duty of protecting Mother Dark and everyone under her rule are split. Anomander is looking for his grief-stricken and estranged brother Andarist, while Silchas Ruin is forced to rule in Anomander’s stead. And Urusander’s army is moving towards Kharkanas, to mete out what they believe is justice.

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Why I think MBotF is the best Fantasy series ever

I know I’ve already written about The Malazan Book of the Fallen series a couple of times: there’s a review of the entire series and a shorter post on finishing my reread of the series. But I feel neither of those posts really does my affinity for this amazing series justice. I’m going to try again, and hopefully convince more people to read the series, and if that doesn’t work, at least they’ll know that by not reading it, they’re missing out.
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Review: Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont


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.


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

Review: Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont


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.


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