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Forge of the High Mage

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Esslemont continues to deliver page-turning epic fantasy in the fourth installment of the Path to Ascendancy series.

In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon. The book is a very enjoyable romp through the early years of Malazan expansion, featuring a lot of the big players from the main series making names for themselves. I absolutely loved the first three books from this series and had high expectations from this one but I felt that this was probably the weakest so far in the series. Here in the Ice Wastes and among the islands of Falar, the Empire of Malaz faces two seemingly insurmountable tests - each one potentially the origin of its destruction. Good characterisation, good pacing and a rip roaring tale that adds to the beauty/context of the Malazan world.It is loaded with set pieces, contains wonderful dialogue, witty exchanges, explosive showdowns, unlikely alliances, and features some of the finest character creations that the genre has to offer.

His novels - beginning with Night of Knives - are all set in the fantasy world of Malaz that he co-created with Steven Erikson. Forge of the High Mage takes place a few decades after the end of book 3 where the Malazan Imperials took Li Heng, they have mostly pacified the Continent of Quon Tali and are looking to expand into Falar where a particularly fat frog with green teeth is residing. One question I was left with was the amount of time passing between the start of this series and the beginning of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. With true motives hidden and magic, warrens and trickery abound it's been a wild ride a who's who of the Malazan world, with a kind of dog-pile the K'Chain Che'Malle! There are some very good action sequences and some interesting events, I especially liked all the lore regarding the priesthood of Mael.Whereas Dancer’s Lament only featured three point-of-view perspectives, Forge of the High Mage has approximately a dozen. loaded with set pieces, contains wonderful dialogue, witty exchanges, explosive showdowns, unlikely alliances, and features some of the finest character creations that the genre has to offer. This book involves the continued conquests of Emperor Kellanved, as he takes over all of Quon Tali and turns his sights onto Falar.

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