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Stonewielder: A Novel of the Malazan Empire (Malazan Empire 3) [Hardcover]

Ian C Esslemont
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25 Nov 2010 Malazan Empire 3

Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

For there is a new Emperor on the throne of Malaz, and he is dwelling on the ignominy that is the Empire's failed invasion of the Korel subcontinent. In the vaults beneath Unta, the Imperial capital, lie the answers to that disaster. And out of this buried history surfaces the name Stonewielder.

In Korel, Lord Protector Hiam, commander of the Stormguard, faces the potential annihilation of all that he holds dear. With few remaining men and a crumbling stone wall that has seen better days, he confronts an ancient enemy: the sea-borne Stormriders have returned.

Religious war also threatens these lands. The cult of the Blessed Lady, which had stood firm against the Riders for millennia, now seeks to eradicate its rivals. And as chaos looms, a local magistrate investigating a series of murders suddenly finds himself at the heart of a far more ancient and terrifying crime - one that has tainted an entire land....

Stonewielder is an enthralling new chapter in the epic story of a thrillingly imagined world.


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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593064445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593064443
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A breathtaking addition to the history of Malaz - the new epic fantasy from the co-creator of this extarordinary imagined world...

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Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

For there is a new Emperor on the throne of Malaz, and he is dwelling on the ignominy that is the Empire's failed invasion of the Korel subcontinent. In the vaults beneath Unta, the Imperial capital, lie the answers to that disaster. And out of this buried history surfaces the name Stonewielder.

In Korel, Lord Protector Hiam, commander of the Stormguard, faces the potential annihilation of all that he holds dear. With few remaining men and a crumbling stone wall that has seen better days, he confronts an ancient enemy: the sea-borne Stormriders have returned.

Religious war also threatens these lands. The cult of the Blessed Lady, which had stood firm against the Riders for millennia, now seeks to eradicate its rivals. And as chaos looms, a local magistrate investigating a series of murders suddenly finds himself at the heart of a far more ancient and terrifying crime - one that has tainted an entire land....

Stonewielder is an enthralling new chapter in the epic story of a thrillingly imagined world.


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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superior slice of Malazan 30 Nov 2010
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Thirty years ago the Malazan Empire launched a devastating invasion of the island continent of Korelri. With the north-western approaches denied by the ferocious sea-dwelling creatures known as the Stormriders, the Malazans swung wide to the east and invaded the island of Fist, at the furthest edge of the archipelago. There, under the command of Greymane, a grinding war of attrition was fought across decades to no end, for the islands of Korelri are protected by a goddess known as the Blessed Lady. Her very presence inhibits the operation of Warren magic, the cornerstone of Imperial tactics. Eventually Greymane abandoned his post and the war effort faltered.

Now things are changing. In the wake of a devastating civil war on Quon Tali, a new Emperor sits the throne of Malaz, and he has determined that the time has come to take Korelri once and for all, despite the power of the goddess. A new invasion force is assembled, its task formidable but its soldiers keen. As war erupts once more, the stoic soldiers of the Stormwall keep to their task, holding the alien Riders back from their shores. Amongst them is a new champion, a warrior beyond compare, a soldier who cannot die...but his comrades are coming for him.

Stonewielder is the third novel by Ian Cameron Esslemont, the co-creator (along with Steve Erikson) of the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Stonewielder takes place on that world, slotting into the timeline a few months after the events of Return of the Crimson Guard, roughly around the same time as Toll the Hounds. Familiarity with the Malazan novels is a major asset in reading this book, but only really Return of the Crimson Guard is needed to fully understand what is going on: several character and storylines begun in Return continue directly here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of a steadily improving series 27 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I must admit that I rather rushed to judge Ian Esslemont's Malazan novels, comparing them unfavourably to Steven Eriksons tales from the same imagined world. I initially considered Esslemont's works a bit shallow by comparison, but they've grown on me and they have improved with each subsequent novel.

Stonewielder is the best of Esslemont's books to date, a touch exposition-heavy given the length of the novel, in my opinion, but his style of prose gives the story a good pace. It definitely helps if you're an Erikson/Malazan Empire fan as a lot of those 'unexplored vistas' from Erikson's books are now being expanded upon in Esslemont's.

I've read enough cr*p fantasy novels over the years to recognise chaff when I see it, but this is another solid entry in an interesting series, with just enough musings on The Meaning Of Things to raise it well above the average.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Esslemont gets better with each successive title 24 Nov 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
With previous offerings, Ian's writing has felt that it hasn't quite matched up to par with Eriksons, not that the word building or the characters have felt less detailed but Ian's pace felt a little lacklustre. Here in this title, his writing has gone from strength to strength. The characters are cracking, the dialogue is also wonderful but it's the way that he brings together the threads from previous titles that clearly demonstrates an understanding of the world as well as the deeper machinations of the desires of the players within that make this an epic in its own right.

Add to this some great sense of timing, solid world building and topped off with a masters touch of creativity and you know that Ian's writing is going to be something that fans will just demand in a similar way to Steven. This is a real gem of a title and one that shows the way in which the author is growing with each successive tale. Great stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Stonewielder experience 21 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I'm a US resident and enough of a Malazan fan to directly order from the UK in order to get the books faster (plus I generally like the UK covers better).

Stonewielder is generally better than Return of the Crimson Guard writing-wise. I still perceive ICE as being one or two beats off in his ability to write multi-layered passages and the subtle stuff (particularly involving Shadow) without resorting to beating the reader over the head with the intended tone or moral we're supposed to take away from it.

There are some great naval battles here (actually a Malazan first), several strong characters introduced or given more screen time and we get to spend enormous amounts of time in Korel, which has been a zone of mystery for so long.

If you're a Malazan fan, you've gotta get the ICE books. This one improves upon the others.

ICE still needs a better editor though. It's not that he's a bad writer or lazy - he just needs to be pushed to trust the reader more and to refine sections here and there.

Four out of five because ICE is still taking chances and innovating in a very complicated setting and mostly doing it well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable outing 10 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am a long time fan of all things Malazan and while i thought Return of the Crimson Guard was fairly good Stonewielder is fantastic. One of the great things about it is the twists and turns so I wont spoil it here. Old favourites are revisited and other characters mentioned are given an outing. I love the addition of Blues and company who are on a rescue mission. While Erikson focusses on a grand sweeping epic Esslemont is more tightly focussed story more akin to Gemmell. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book from an excellent author and an even better ...
Great book from an excellent author and an even better series of books. Get it - read it - enjoy it.
Published 22 hours ago by Mr. Michael Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The saga continues
Published 2 months ago by Norman Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I had read all of the Steven Erikson books and wondered if the additional books by Ian Esselmont would be as good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but no more
This is a perfectly enjoyable piece of fantasy, an interesting extension to the Malazan books. But, I couldn't help compare it to Erikson's Malazan books, and it is not in the same... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. K. H. Cobb
4.0 out of 5 stars Necessity demands...
Esslemont's additions to the world of the Malazan has had some mixed reviews. Mostly positive but some have compared unfavourably with Erikson 10 volume foundation. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Malthouse
5.0 out of 5 stars another great tale
Great read, wonderful characters and a must for fans of all things Malazan. If you have ever wondered about the storm riders, read this!
Published 12 months ago by emma h
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired reading
Simply you just will not want to put this one down. It builds and builds to a brilliant ending. Superb
Published 13 months ago by C.Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking good read
If you enjoy the Malaysian books then make sure to read this. Grabs your interest Rom the first few pages. Thoroughly good read
Published 19 months ago by mandy
3.0 out of 5 stars To much of a filler
After reading all of Eriksons and ICE's malazan novels, I have to rate this bottom of the pile with deadhouse gates as my least favourites. Read more
Published 20 months ago by paul nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stonewielder rockin good read
This book fits right into the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. As usual there are great characters and great action with the same wonderful story telling that readers of this... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Judy Alyse Grunger
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