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

Blood and Bone

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

Orb Sceptre Throne

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

Review: Stonewielder by Ian C. Esslemont

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Stonewielder is the third novel by Ian C. Esslemont  in the world of the Malazan Empire.

Plot:

Greymane and Kyle –  formerly of the Crimson Guard – have taken up positions in the Malazan Empire as High Fist and Adjunct. They are tasked with destroying a former Malazan contingent on Korel that has taken up power for itself. And the new Emperor isn’t happy about that. In Korel, the Stormguard are standing the wall, waiting for the Stormriders to attack once again, and hope for the continued protection of the Lady. But they have no idea what’s coming for them. Continue reading

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

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