Review: Fall of Light by Steven Erikson

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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.

Plot:

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: 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: 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

Finished my reread of The Malazan Book of the Fallen series

ImageFinally finished my reread of The Malazan Book of the Fallen series. It was as hard as I expected, with my heart being ripped out a thousand times and rage filling me a thousand times more. And the ending of the 10th book, The Crippled God, it was so very glorious, so very heartbreaking, so very enlightening and yet, so very fitting. Steven Erikson is a genius and I salute him.

I will do exactly what the very last sentence of the book asks of its readers.

“Remember us.”