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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (Feb. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593064518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593064511
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Esslemont ... spins a tale of adventure and history that is both weighty and electrifying, both breakneck and intricate.... A worthy and satisfying installment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

IAN CAMERON ESSLEMONT was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Canada. He has a degree in Creative Writing, studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his wife and children and is currently working on his PhD in English Literature. His previous novels, Night of Knives, Return of the Crimson Guard and Stonewielder are all set in the fantasy world of Malaz that he co-created with his great friend Steven Erikson.

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"Orb Sceptre Throne: A Novel of the Malazan Empire" is a standalone book in the ongoing Malazan series by author Ian C. Esslemont. The paperback edition is 608 pages in length and retails for $15.64.

General theme <spoilers> No specific detail revealed.

The continent of Genbackis has be living in relative quiet for some years now. That is until Scholar Ebbin uncovers a malevolent artifact in a sealed tomb. Some things are better left undisturbed and buried.

End <spoilers>

Some thoughts on "Orb Sceptre Throne"...

The Pros:
1.a) as with nearly all Malazan novels, this one starts with several seemingly unrelated story lines. These individual tales of course, eventually come together at the end.
1.b) all 'stories' are told in fairly short segments, i.e. there are no prolonged gaps between individual subtales that leave the reader almost forgetting what has gone on before.

2.) generally well written with interesting dialogues and a sprinkling of humor.

3.) an intriguing story filled with intrigue, betrayals, clandestine plotting, battles both individual and between armies, plus many unexpected twists and turns.

4.) some solid character development

5.) reacquaintance with several old Malazan characters from previous novels (See Cons: 1 below)

6.) two maps... a great map of the city of Darujhistan (the main locale for this novel) and a second map of the southern part of Genbackis (see Cons: 3 below).

The Cons:
1.) lack of knowledge of previous Malazan books...
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great book. its good to see that Ian is producing books that add to the malazan serries rather then damage eriksons work. that being said i realy enjoyed this book and although the first bit was slow to get going i found myself unable to put the book down near the end wich is a feeling i did not have with ians first 3 books. well writen and fairly simple to follow. 1 or 2 uneeded developments/ revelations that just left you asking "wait what was the reason there... how come hes been in series for 12 books and is just now being changed" like the part about k'rul (i wont say more). but all in all a great ending that may not have happend exactly as you wanted but had the end result you wanted. this is eassily Ian's best book so far. 8/10
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By Tiste on March 22 2012
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For fans of the offshoot Malazan series, this is the best yet. Esslemont has really captured the grit and wonder of the universe, bringing his own flavor while staying true to the characters we know and love. I'm surprised he wrote Kruppe, TBH. That character is Erikson's "muscle" character, flexing his literary genius. And although Esslemont is not completely on par with Erikson (sorry, it's true), his writing is fantastic and enjoyable. Keep it up Ian!
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"Orb Sceptre Throne: A Novel of the Malazan Empire" is a standalone book in the ongoing Malazan series by author Ian C. Esslemont. This book is available in both paperback and e-book form. The paperback edition is 608 pages in length and retails for $12.91, while the Kindle e-version (U.S.) sell for $9.99.

General theme <spoilers> No specific detail revealed.

The continent of Genbackis has be living in relative quiet for some years now. That is until Scholar Ebbin uncovers a malevolent artifact in a sealed tomb. Some things are better left undisturbed and buried.

End <spoilers>

Some thoughts on "Orb Sceptre Throne"...

The Pros:
1.a) as with nearly all Malazan novels, this one starts with several seemingly unrelated story lines. These individual tales of course, eventually come together at the end.
1.b) all 'stories' are told in fairly short segments, i.e. there are no prolonged gaps between individual subtales that leave the reader almost forgetting what has gone on before.

2.) generally well written with interesting dialogues and a sprinkling of humor.

3.) an intriguing story filled with intrigue, betrayals, clandestine plotting, battles both individual and between armies, plus many unexpected twists and turns.

4.) some solid character development

5.) reacquaintance with several old Malazan characters from previous novels (See Cons: 1 below)

6.) two maps... a great map of the city of Darujhistan (the main locale for this novel) and a second map of the southern part of Genbackis (see Cons: 3 below).

The Cons:
1.) lack of knowledge of previous Malazan books...
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Format: Paperback
Finally this book tells us about the Segulah....bits and pieces from Erikson's third installment in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series left me wanting more...and this book delivered.

It is definitely a bit slow at times but I found that I was kept intrigued by the characters that I had read about in Erikson's novels. I also find the use of humor refreshing in a fantasy series of this scope.

Also, a note on the entire Esslemont series as compared to the Erikson series, it is a much easier series to read, a little less complex and twisting but it is all the better for it.

READ IT!!!
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