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"
The fifth epic fantasy novel from the co-creator - with Steven Erikson - of this brilliantly imagined world of the Malazan Empire...
From the Inside Flap
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 to tame the wild jungle that is their neighbour. Yet this is no normal wilderness. Named Himatan, it is said to be of the spirit realm and of the earth. It is also said that it is ruled over by a powerful entity some call the Queen of Witches and others the ancient goddess Ardata. Saeng has grown up knowing only life under the Thaumaturgs - but it is the voices of her country's forgotten past that speak to her. And when these magician rulers begin their invasion of Himatan, the voices strengthen - urging Saeng and her brother to undertake a desperate mission.
To the south, the desert tribes are united by the arrival of a foreign war leader, a veteran commander in battered mail. His men call him the Grey Ghost and he will lead these tribes on a raid like none that has gone before - deep into the heart of Thaumaturg lands.
And then the mercenary Crimson Guard are issued a contract against a renegade of their ranks. Skinner has returned to Jacuruku and is rumoured to want to reclaim a kingdom he once held. And who are the Guard to refuse the command of a god . . .--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. His novels Night of Knives, Return of the Crimson Guard, Stonewielder, Orb Sceptre Throne and Blood and Bone are all set in the fantasy world of Malaz that he co-created with Steven Erikson.