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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.

9/10

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…)

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Guest Review of ~ Steven Erikson – Gardens Of The Moon (Malazan Book Of The Fallen #1)

9.5/10 – Review by Holden R Johnson (The Red Heir)

“Convergence,” Tool said. “Power ever draws other power.”

Why have I waited so long to read this?
There will be spoilers in the section that discusses characters – so please tread lightly!

Gardens of the Moon, The first entry in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series is best described as a convergence. The tapestry weaved by Erikson is something I am both amazed by as a reader and envious of as a writer. I now know another level that I hope to achieve and as my friend stated recently, I may have to rethink my rating system for other books. (more…)

Review of ~ Steven Erikson – House Of Chains (Malazan Book Of The Fallen #4)

9/10

It is astonishing how every book in this series seems to get better than the one before. The sheer size of the cast is phenomenal however it seems like each character has an important role to play in the grand scheme of things and there are no ‘bit-part’ players. (more…)

Review of ~ Steven Erikson – Midnight Tides (Malazan Book Of The Fallen #5)

10/10

I thought it was strange that the fifth book in a series should only contain one character that had been in any of the prior four books. Loving so many of the characters prevalent in the previous books I wanted to see what they were up to. However, upon completing Midnight Tides I am still in awe with Erikson, his style, substance and the stories that are being weaved. Every title he has written in this series I struggle to comprehend how they get better than the previous books. (more…)

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

7/10

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)

8.5/10

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…)