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

Ian C. Esslemont
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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21 May 2013 Malazan Empire (Book 5)

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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  • Hardcover: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (21 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765329972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765329974
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 Sep 2013
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars I'll just read Eriksons books now 7 Mar 2013
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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. He lacks Eriksons prose, humour and plot building. One example is when Shadowthrone and cotillion put in an appearance. Erickson has made these two among my favorite characters, he writes them with pathos and great humour, whilst they are cardboard cutouts in this novel. I'm surprised that Erikson allows his close friend to ruin their joint project. ICE who undoubtably is a talented man however is not a novelist. So despite the fact it means I'll have to wait longer for my next dose of Malazan, I'd rather do that than suffer further disapointment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 21 Feb 2013
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ICE has gotten steadily worse and this book was just tedious- I wanted to finish it in order to finish it. Simple. Return of the Crimson Guard was his best, in my opinion. It was exciting and epic. This?? It was rambling and disjointed.

I had the distinct impression that ICE was not the only one who wrote this novel, and I say that with complete objectivity. The standard of writing was distinctly variable throughout and the difference was STARK!

At times, the prose was juvenile...since when do we use the honourifics 'Mr.' and 'Miss' in the Malazan series?? And the number of times I saw the word 'cyclopean'....ermmm, I get that it is legitimate to use it in the grammatical sense, purely as an adjective but the reference to Cyclops in Greek mythology was a bit misfitting.

Contrast though the prose describing Osserc, Gothos and the Azath House, which is actually interesting and imbued with that real sense of intellect and subtlety....despite the fact that they spend most of the time staring at each other without speaking!!

Yet there was the ABSURD Thaumaturg campaign and the equally ridiculous way that they were **SPOILERS** so easily decimated....inconsistent themes...To be honest, ICE has really spoiled a few running notions and themes that had been so carefully developed during the Malazan Books of the Fallen. The Seguleh for instance in the Orb, Sceptre, Throne....and the T'Orrud Cabal (let's all forget that Derudan was ever in it, ay?)...and this??

Well I'm not happy and I think it's reached a level now where I'm ready to abandon the trail with ICE. Sorry. I used to be SUCH a fan but this is terrible.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 25 Jan 2013
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Having read all of the Malazan books this ranks as the worst. It was obvious who the Warlord was from the start, the story lurched from one sub plot to another and back again. I'm tired of reading half a dozen pages on one sub-plot and then jumping to another. I want to read a story with substance, a story which allows you immerse yourself not one which flits all over the place like a demented butterly.

I am slowly going off the whole Malazan series, the only decent ICE book I have enjoyed was RoTG and I found Forge of Darkness tedious. Such as shame as the Malazan Books of the Fallen are probably the best fantasy series I've read for years and easily ranks up there with Robert Jordans Wheel of Time & Spephen Donaldson First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

I hope ICE and SE improve drastically soon, I'm starting to have Deja Vu and would hate to end up comparing them to Terry Goodkind.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit hit and miss 10 Jan 2013
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I suppose it's difficult to consistently write well. But this one is probably the weakest in the series ICE has done
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 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 4 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 8 months ago by Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars Not ICEs best
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ChrisKnight
1.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Bone
This is the worst novel in the series by far. I enjoyed very much Return of the Crimson Guard and Orb Sceptre Throne but I have suffered this last novel to the end. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Atienza
3.0 out of 5 stars Going downhill
Unlike many I actually enjoyed Esselmont's first book and thought the characters were the best he has created. Read more
Published 16 months ago by N. Offer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great if you love the Malazan world
I loved Steven Erikson's Malazon empire but he could drone on a little. Her you get the best of the Malazon world but without the naval gazing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jane h
4.0 out of 5 stars More Malazan for those that can not get enough
If you like stories about the Malazan Empire then you will like this . I was little confused at times with the plot but it moved on a pace and there was plenty of action.
Published 17 months ago by Old Hobbit in Cas
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ian Esslemont read
I have read all of Ian Esslemont's and Steven Erikson's Malazan books and have enjoyed them all, though Erikson's latest 'prequel' was rather dry and slow and lacked any character... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dr. J. S. Grimwood
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