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: 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: 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

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: The First Collected Tales of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson

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The First Collected Tales of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach is a collection of three short novels – novellas – by Steven Erikson, revolving around the three mysterious men we first met around the time of the Pannion War in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Bauchelain, summoner of demons, soletaken and necromancer, Korbal Broach, eunuch, soletaken and necromancer and Emancipor Reese, their reluctant manservant.

The collection consists of the following short novels:

  • Blood Follows
  • The Lees of Laughter’s End
  • The Healthy Dead

It also contains the introductions by three other Fantasy authors, among them James Barclay (I love it when my Fantasy fandoms collide!), praising the way Erikson imbues his shorter works with the same amount of detail and love he does his longer works. 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