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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Dec 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780553824704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553824704
  • ASIN: 0553824708
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Epic fiction at its finest."
--Seattle Post Intelligencer
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in Winnipeg, IAN C. ESSLEMONT is an archaeologist and has travelled extensively in South East Asia and Japan. He now lives in Alaska with his wife and three sons and is completing a Ph.D. in English Literature as well as writing further novels set in the world of Malaz, a world he co-created with his friend Steven Erikson.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Lane on Feb. 2 2011
Format: Paperback
Wow. Esslemont has improved his writing skills and character development tremendously. Stonewielder is right up there with the Malazan books written by Erikson. In terms of chracter development, the character of Kyle is much more real in this novel than he was in Return of the Crimson Guard. The elements of gray amongst the protagonists is well handled. It would also seem that Stonewielder will have some influence on events elsewhere. Just saying. All in all, this is Esslemont's best novel to date, and I am now looking forward to the next one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 17 2011
Format: Paperback
"Stonewielder" is the latest edition of extra Malazan books from Ian C. Esslemont. This book is 720 pages in length and the Kindle version is a 1264 Kb download.

*SPOILER*

The book follows several groups of individuals in the telling of two main tales...

1.) A Malazan force returns to the remote island grouping of 'Fist' where a previous attempt of conquest by the Malazan empire many, many years ago resulted in only partial success. However, after being seemingly forgotten, the surviving members of that first Malazan group have gone rogue and have decided to rule the land they occupy, independent of the mother country. This 'attitude' of course cannot, under any circumstances, be allowed to go on unchecked.

2.) In addition, the natural inhabitants of this multiple island grouping have some serious problems of their own (apart from the left-over initial Malazan faction). An alien group of sea-creatures have been attempting to invade the land for several millennium. These attempts have been thwarted by the erection of a towering sea wall built along leagues of shoreline on the northern most coast. But problems are occurring with the wall, for it appears to be rapidly deteriorating and this is due to two main reasons; the repeated freezing and thawing of seawater in cracks has become more frequent and more severe every year and also because the large number of personnel required to maintain and repair this long wall, has fallen significantly of recent times.

*END SPOILER*

The tale has some interesting people, great battles on land, sea and even in some subterranean areas. There are magical items and persons in this fantasy adventure. And importantly to me, the story is generally believable within the context of its genre.
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Format: Paperback
I know this is Esslemont's best Malazan writing work to date. I fell his craft has stepped up a notch, but somehow the action in the book left me unsatisfied. I'm a bit shocked as his previous books are to the point and action packed. It's a good addition to the Malazan series, a book where you get answers.
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