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Blood and Bone: A Novel of the Malazan Empire [Kindle Edition]

Ian C Esslemont
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted another expedition in a bid to tame the neighbouring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit-realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity who some name the Queen of Witches and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.
Saeng grew up knowing only the rule of the magus Thaumaturgs – but it was the voices from that land’s forgotten past that she listened to. And when her rulers launch their invasion of this jungle, those voices send her and her brother on a desperate mission.
To the south, the desert tribes are united by the arrival of a foreign warleader, a veteran commander in battered ashen mail men call the Grey Ghost. This warrior leads these tribes on a raid unlike any other, deep into the heart of Thaumaturg lands.
While word comes to K’azz, and mercenary company the Crimson Guard, of a contract in Jacuruku. And their employer? Could it be the goddess herself...

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Praise for Other Titles by this Author"Return of the Crimson Guard" "Everything you expect of a Malazan story, being both epic and relevant... nail-biting and anything but obvious."" --SFFWorld""Stonewielder" "A terrific read... impossible to put down and highly recommended for all fans."" --FantasyHotlist"

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The fifth epic fantasy novel from the co-creator - with Steven Erikson - of this brilliantly imagined world of the Malazan Empire...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UAOT4A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different approach to the Malazan world 26 Sept. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like Esslemonts story telling and in my opinion this book is one of his better ones. The territory is relatively virginal with regards to what Erikson has written about, and I think this plays out in Esslemonts favor, or should have. Because fewer people would be dissapointed by how favorite oldtimers were used/written by Esslemont as opposed to Erikson. I think he is getting better at writing dialogue and quirky characters as there are 2 very weird and awesome mages in this book, who took my straight back to the Black Company. - I know Esslemont doesnt get quite the same applause as Erikson, but if you dont expect Erikson to be the author when you buy an Esslemont book, I dont think there is any reason to give the book less than 4 stars. It is well written, well told, with engaging characters. I recommend it to anyone, especially younger fantasy readers. It doesnt have to be read in sequence with the other books imo. Although it would leave out alot of depth if you dont understand the references to the Malazan world and the events in it at large. Alot of which comes nicely together with the story in this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Jacuruku: an island-continent located south-west of Quon Tali and west of Stratem. Separated from the rest of the world by large ice floes, Jacuruku has long existed in isolation. The peoples of western Jacuruku lie under the dominion of the Thaumaturgs, mages of tremendous power, whilst the eastern half of the continent is dominated by the jungle of Himatan, domain of the goddess Ardata.

Now the Thaumaturgs have launched an invasion of Himatan, determined to find the fabled city of Jakal Viharn. But even as their army drives deep into the jungle, so their homelands come under threat from the desert tribes of the far south, now united into a formidable army by an invading foreigner...who may not be as foreign as he first appears. Also newly arrived in Jacuruku are the Crimson Guard, summoned to bring to justice their renegade warrior Skinner and those sworn to his service. For K'azz D'Avore and his Avowed, this is an opportunity to heal a painful schism...but at a cost.

Blood and Bone is Ian Cameron Esslemont's fifth novel, taking us to the hitherto unexplored (but oft-mentioned) continent of Jacuruku. The setting is the key to the novel, with the reader soon feeling the humidity and discomfort of the jungle terrain. It's actually rather unusual for geography to be so integral to a Malazan novel (normally it's incidental), and it's a new approach that Esslemont handles well.

In terms of character, the book has a substantial cast taking in Jacuruku natives, Thaumaturgs, demigods, Malazan mercenaries and Crimon Guardsmen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Luck Next Time 26 Dec. 2012
By Logos
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read all of the Malazan series, and enjoyed their tense atmosphere, and convoluted plotting, I bought Blood and Bone at the earliest opportunity. Sadly, it leaves me unstirred: indeed, bored in parts. The story line is certainly epic, and the writing, as always, a joy to read, but the lack of sympathetic characters, and a confusing plot, left me cold. It is the first time ever, with Esslemont, that I read the book to the end just to finish it.

One gleam of interest is the dialogue between a mage leading an expedition into a fearsome jungle, and his recorder (diarist). Every setback is portrayed as a triumph for posterity, and the meetings carry echoes of Tehol and Bugg's conversations in Stephen Erikson's Malazan epic.

Would I recommend you buy it? Yes, but only to complete your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not ICEs best 17 Mar. 2013
Format:Hardcover
I found this one heavier going than ICEs last couple of books, and it all felt a bit disjointed and detached from all the other books and action. In a nutshell it is a power-convergance and race to the prize, through mysterious and hostile jungle territory, but I didn't really buy into the motivations and reasons and sense of it all.
Still, some nice touches and scenes to make up for some of the disappointments and confusion.

I will re-read it again in a while, and still got that good feeling of reading a Malazan book from this, but it felt a bit too detached and on its own little island rather than a real part of the whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as usual 18 Dec. 2012
By Jk
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I await anything by Esslemont and Erikson like the coming of xmas.... and so it is :)

You have to be up to speed with all things Malazan to appreciate any of these books as the story lines and characters are so complex and interwoven - often find myself having to re-read the previous books to fully appreciate them. But that's what I like about these authors as they don't pander to critics by oversimplifying, but stick to their style and that's what I personally want. Just gets better and better with each book and the unfolding story just gets more engrossing with every page. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mazalan Empire 5 Jan. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Not finished this book yet, but yet again its a winner from Cameron.
Not too many characters to follow which keeps it flowing fast. I had my doubts about this author when he took over the Mazaan tales but every one so far as been better than the original series of books.
Lets face it the last in the series by Steven Erikson was total tosh, How dissappointed was i in the way it finished this best ever series of books i've ever read.
So keep it up Cameron and thank you for making the tale of the Mazalan Empire
continue a little longer for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 5 months ago by Levi Pritchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fine
Published 6 months ago by Kss123
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
pretty good. not the best in the series
Published 7 months ago by sb
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This was superb. I didn't think Steven Erikson's contributions could be matched, but these are just as good and fill in gaps as well. What a great collaboration!
Published 8 months ago by Lews Therin
3.0 out of 5 stars A series losing steam
Hmm, I am a bit in two minds about the Malazan empire. Loved the early books and even managed to slog through to the final book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SinisterDen
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one to date
Ian has proved right from book 1 that he can take up the mantle provided by Steven Erikson. This is no exception, being the best book written by him to date.
Published 12 months ago by Alex Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars a good series
good very writer, has great very good plots, great series many different personalties covers a large number of areas, all well worth following
Published 16 months ago by Philip A Thrower
5.0 out of 5 stars difficult reading
with so many sub plots it is difficuct to keep all the balls in the air and you might need to keep a chart to follow the progress of all the characters
Published 18 months ago by Norman Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars No need for negativity
Just as good as most in the series by either author. Really enjoyed it and struggled to put it down to go to sleep most nights.
Published 21 months ago by C.Watson
2.0 out of 5 stars I'll just read Eriksons books now
I'm a Malazan addict,BUT!
Having read this book, Stoneweilder and Return of Crimson Guard, I am finally going to give up on ICE. He is simply not a storyteller. Read more
Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by Patbgood
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