Stonewielder Mass Market Paperback – Dec 12 2011
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Great sequel to Rimson Guard. Some new and returning characters make a deeper plunge into the Malazan Empire.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was awesome. Very good story line and character development.
These side storyline books are great, and give views of some of the other races in the Malazan empire... Read more