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Assail: A Novel of the Malazan Empire
Assail: A Novel of the Malazan Empire
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Army. Pocket Novel., 27 Nov. 2014
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Reasonable finish to the Esslemont part of the Malazan world. Definitely a big improvement on a few of the other novels in this series (OST I'm looking at you).

More action, more reveals, some good new areas of the world.

On the downside, everything did seem a bit... small. The battles were small, the numbers of people small, the reasons for the supposed flood of people quite small, the hundreds of thousands of Tlan Imass are knocked down to about 12. This is something Esslemont has struggled with in the past - he seems to lack the courage to really tackle the big events. SPOILER - Even the finale is basically just a chat.

Finally he has this weird issue with repeating certain words. In Blood and Bone it was "Cyclopean". Every building or ruin was described as cyclopean, which is acceptable once or twice in a world where there isnt a legend concerning the Cyclops, but he must have used it about 15 times.

In this novel is "pocket army". Not even about just one army. From memory he calls 2 or 3 armies "pocket armies" and might even venture a "pocket navy" at once point. I dont know why this grates on me, but it does...
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The Bloody North (The Fallen Crown Book 1)
The Bloody North (The Fallen Crown Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars short but reasonable story, 10 Oct. 2014
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Main character was likeable. Good potential for future instalments. Story seemed abruptly cut off. not enough things happened. Secondary characters mostly undeveloped. Will suit people who like joe Abercrombie. And who doesn't?


The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings
The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings
Price: £9.51

5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant fantasy, 30 Jun. 2014
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Top notch series. How hadn't I heard of this before. Highly recommended. Good story, hard nosed and likeable characters (even when they shouldn't be)


Forge of Darkness: Epic Fantasy: Kharkanas Trilogy 1 (Kharkanas Trilogy Series)
Forge of Darkness: Epic Fantasy: Kharkanas Trilogy 1 (Kharkanas Trilogy Series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 24 May 2013
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Top book. Gives huge revelations into the Erikson world. Hopefully the start of a fantastic new series. Very enjoyable all round. Slightly hard to remember who is who on first read-through.


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