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Many years have passed since three Teblor warriors brought carnage and chaos to the small lakeside settlement of Silver Lake. While the town has recovered, the legacy of that past horror remains, even if the Teblor tribes of the north no longer venture into the southlands. One of those three, Karsa Orlong, is now deemed to be a god, albeit an indifferent one. In truth, many new cults and religions have emerged across the Malazan world, including those who worship Coltaine, the Black-Winged God, and - popular among the Empire's soldiery - followers of the cult of Iskar Jarak, Guardian of the Dead.

A legion of Malazan marines is on the march towards Silver Lake, responding to intelligence that indicates the tribes beyond the border are stirring. The marines aren't quite sure what they're going to be facing, but, while the Malazan military has evolved and these are not the marines of old, one thing hasn't changed: they'll handle whatever comes at them. Or die trying.

Meanwhile, in the high mountains, where dwell the tribes of the Teblor, a new warleader has risen. Scarred by the deeds of Karsa Orlong, he intends to confront his god, even if he has to cut a bloody path through the Malazan Empire to do it. Higher in the mountains, a new threat has emerged, and now the Teblor are running out of time.

The long feared invasion is about to begin. And this time it won't be three simple warriors. This time thousands are poised to flood the lands of the south. And in their way, a single legion of Malazan marines....

It seems the past is about to revisit Silver Lake, and that is never a good thing....

©2021 Steven Erikson (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics." (salon.com)

"Erikson is an extraordinary writer...treat yourself." (Stephen R. Donaldson)

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if you didnt likenthe previous books try this one

the original series had some negative criticism.
some believed it was too long, complicated, sad etc.
in my opinion this book lacks depth, and is often more funny than anything else. the author also spends strangely long moments on events that lead nowhere, at least in the first book. at the same time there is almost no time spend on tactics, strategies and character motivations.
the tone is very different from the previous malazan books. if you didn't like his previous works you might like this one. i think i will wait for the series to end

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An epic return by Erikson

Epic fantasy with excellent narration of diverse charaters. Loved it.
This book marks a return to the world crafted by Steven Erikson in his Malazan Book of the Fallen series and continues his writing that draws on a diverse cast of characters that slowly reveal their truths throughout in a way that draws you in. the scope of the story grows as the character unveil a sometimes convoluted path that pulls you deeper until you emerge with a new appreciation of Eriksons writing talent.
be sure to check out his previous books and those of Ian C. Esselmont who also writes in the same world in conjunction with Erikson.
do yourself a favour and try out this book.

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  • andrew brown
  • 14-07-2021

incredible

Fantastic book and narrator. I really loved Michael Page's narration of books 4-10 but I found myself really enjoying Emma Gregory's performance as well.

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  • Hjalmar
  • 06-07-2021

I wish it was better,

Re-read the book of the fallen series instead.
Some of the dialog from the soldiers reach the good Eriksson peak, but everything else is just eh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2021

Return to form...

This feels like a return to form for Erikson. I loved books 1 to 6 of the Malazan Book of the Fallen but found the slow pacing of the final four books to be very off putting. I unfortunately felt that this characterised his subsequent works as well.
This book is absolutely bang on in terms of balancing philosophical musing, comic relief (I'm looking at you Stillwater!) and action.
The character development was good and, what I particularly liked, was that the characters are similar to the previous books in general tone but each had their own personality. This was most obvious with the Marines - they have the same kind of comic banter but about different topics than the MBotF and it felt different in tone.
The narration was really very very good. There was good differentiation between the voices of different characters, great emotional emphasis in keeping with the plot content. My only niggle was in her pronunciation of the word Malazan. I always said it with a short second "a" but the narrator pronounced it as "Malaazan". But that really was quite a small thing when considering the overall performance.

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  • Cereal Killers
  • 05-07-2021

Malazan is back

Steven Erikson never disappoints.
A different set of characters in a very familiar world. In typical Erikson fashion a slow bubbling build up with an explosive ending. I Will definitely keep investing in this series.

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  • T.A.Myers
  • 22-07-2021

Another addition to our world of Mallaz.

Once again another great plot line, the clues and ref from the Mallazan book of the fallen are nothing short of ingenious. Don't pause or wait,do yourself a favour and download this now...

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