Forge of the High Mage
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Here, then, in the tracts of 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 . We span large amounts of time in short summary paragraphs and skip over entire battle or momentous events without really any personal investment.
But two can play at that game, for the Emperor sails towards Falar aboard his flagship Twisted - a vessel that is itself thought to be not entirely of this world. If you've read Malazan and you like it, there's no reason not to read this book as long as you've read the three previous ones in this cycle. Hopefully there will be a couple more novels in this series so I sincerely hope that he bumps the quality back up to normal. In all the other entries of this series, it made sense and they were important in the unfolding of events. He is all-too aware of the true nature of this ancient horror - and his own inadequacy in having to confront it.Additionally make sure your User-Agent is not empty and is something unique and descriptive and try again. Great book, perfect ICE novel and it sets up the next one (the events at Aren) nicely by showing a few of those characters and most likely the man who will face Daseem. I've eagerly awaited more books in this series, and there was a bit of confusion at first whether this was a sequel to the main series or another volume in the Path to Ascendancy prequel series. There are however those who harbour doubts regarding the stewardship of Kellanved and his cohort Dancer, and as the Malazan force heads north, it encounters an unlooked-for and most unwelcome threat - unspeakable and born of legend, it has woken and will destroy all who stand in its way.
I would almost think that the author is intentionally reacting against the claims of some readers that the Malazan series is too dense and doesn't inform the readers of what is going on. There are some absolutely great moments with characters that I've grown to love in the original series, and it's always a pleasure to have their back stories fleshed out a little more. 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. I understand that this segment was at a heightened stage in the book with regards to pacing, yet, even so, I think the breakneck speed wasted the potential of what should have been a legendary confrontation.The finest Esslemont novel so far, and a superb Malazan novel in its own right' - DRYING INK You may also be interested in. An excellent entry in the Malazan universe, with all the complexity/multi-PoV, large-scale plotlines and epic moments of any Erikson book. This book, and the ones that follow, look at "different paths and different characters' routes and story arcs". While I love maps and often scoured the map at the beginning as to where PoVs are are are referring to I laughed when I found the much more detailed map at the end of the book. As ever, the excellent magic system (through the use of warrens) is finely showcased here and, for the most part, I found my reading experience to be extremely rewarding; leading me to score Forge of the High Mage an 8/10 rating.