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  • Mass Market Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Dec 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553824708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553824704
  • 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: #211,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Epic fiction at its finest."
--Seattle Post Intelligencer
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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By Brian Ashe on March 17 2011
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I am really happy that Esslemont is continuing to write in the Malazan Empire world.

This novel is not quite up to the Return of the Crimson Guard, but it's close. Very good read, and better than some of Erikson's work. No big criticism here: this is overall a triumph of world building and of universe building. My previous reviews reflect this. Love this series overall.

The action here is exemplary. The characters are good. The continuity is better than the recent Erikson novels, although I have not yet read The Crippled God (next on my agenda). I had expected a novel on the internal events of the Malazan Empire, and was surprised that this work was well at the periphery, but the campaign has a significant effect on the overall theme of the two series, the effect of the Crippled God on the world of the Malazan Empire. Some of the characters, as in any fantasy series, are a bit generic, but others, including the Toblakai spiritual leader, are very well drawn and different from the usual hero. The same can be said for some of the defenders of the Stormwall.

Good action, interesting characters, a very good treatment of magic and almost gods, and integration into an excellent fantasy series. Recommended.
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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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