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Review of ~ Ian C. Esslemont – Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2)

This will be posted on Fantasy Book Review shortly. I’m pretty sure I’m the first blogger to review this so decided to post it here early before anyone takes my claim to fame away from me lol.


I received an advanced copy of Deadhouse Landing in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Ian C. Esslemont and Macmillan/Forge for this opportunity.

Deadhouse Landing is the engaging and stunning second novel within the Path to Ascendancy trilogy and is set prior to the events of Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen and Esslemont’s Malazan Empire. We are presented an incredibly detailed world that the two friends co-created and share in their literary endeavours right down to the places, characters, histories, terminology, and magic. If you aren’t familiar with their works then this would be a terrible place to start. (more…)


Review of ~ Ian C Esslemont – Night of Knives (Malazan Empire #1)


This is a very good book!

Following two main character point of views. One being Temper – an old school elite yet uncredited serviceman for the Malazan empire and Kiska – a youth urchin spy with ‘the talent’ of magic somewhere within her. Kiska was very mysterious – a bit whiny and kept getting caught by people throughout her sneaking antics – but I think she was an omnipotent device to show the unfolding events. Temper was just a no fucks given veteran. The best parts for Temper was his lack of desire for recognition for the extraordinary feats that had been/ are accomplished by him – but also his flashback sections with Dassem Ultor (more…)

Review of ~ Ian C Esslemont – Dancer’s Lament (Path To Ascendancy #1)


Dancer’s Lament is the first of Ian C. Esslemont’s Malazan novels that I have read and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It is the first installment of the Path to Ascendancy trilogy. The book is more linear that the previous series entrants that I have read written by Steven Erikson. It is more story driven and less about the world building, however, it still contains a large cast of dramatis personae and the book is complemented by some amazing and very memorable set-pieces. (more…)