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Orb Sceptre Throne: Epic Fantasy: Malazan Empire
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on 2 February 2012
Cannot say how much I miss the world of malaz, when I come back to it with every new installment it just feels comfortable and exciting. I just love reading about this world, old characters, story lines, new characters whatever. And even if Esselmont does not quite have the story telling ability and characterisation of Erikson it does not really bother me.

Wanted to give 5 stars but some of the story lines were simply lacking, and the ending just could not produce the emotion that Erikson produces in spades.

Probably unfair to compare Esselmont to Erikson, but hard not to. Enough of the negative I still really liked and nearly loved this book.
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on 11 July 2015
Most of Ice's books have had some mediocre reviews but I've found them great, they fill some of the gaps left by Steve Erikson in his books and also expanding the world of the Malazan Empire, he has a different style of writing than Steve Erikson which makes me view the characters and lands in another perspective, so for me his stories are well worth reading
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on 21 August 2012
On paper a great read with interesting events In practice, it's tedious, nonsensical and stereotyped.

The style of writing just isn't good enough. The characters are super bland with no apparent or logical motivations, and in general are very forgettable.

Just very disappointed at what the author managed with the material
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on 1 February 2012
I'm not going to do a full review here as others have covered the details pretty succintly and I would pretty much agree with what has been said.

This is more a review of this book taken in context of the rest of his "series" and how it is developing, or isn't as I feel. I kind of feel sorry for ICE as he seems to have been given the leftovers from Erikson. Whilst there are some themes running through his series his books all feel a lot more standalone rather than a continual series, it feels although he is picking up all the peices that Erikson has scattered in his wake and tidying them up and giving them a little polish. This is great for me as a fan as I like to see things completed and tidied up but it leaves the books feeling a little hollow. Characters come and go and nothing is really developed that far.

This was another solid effort from ICE but once again it never really went anywhere and a lot of themes were under-explored or not even developed at all. Karsa, Traveller, the Malazans got little to no real time (IMO) which was a real shame and the big bad guy was never really fleshed out he was just stood up there as someone to be the catalyst for the events.

Its a three and a half stars for me, good writing again by ICE but I just find it a little underwhelming compared to the epic scale that Erikson created.
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on 17 March 2013
Ian Esslemont does not disappoint once again. In his usual style many questions are answered from previous books but even more questions rise out of the answers! If you've enjoyed any of the other books you will love this one, I am very excited to find out what will happen in the next book.
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on 3 March 2014
The malazan books get better with every book I don't know other authors who have the same scope as these two writers the scale of the books are massive, brilliant character building and story development make these highlight of fantasty the WORLD, THERE IS NO EQUAL!!!!!!!!!
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on 30 November 2014
Much better by Esselmont. He still doesn't have the capacity to actually inspire you to care about his characters. The story was quite good but also at times confusing. I love the Malazan world and only read this author as Ive read all his partners books and yearn for more
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on 20 August 2015
Not a lot to say here - except it is a great book by a great author from a tremendously exciting series. Lots and lots going on so a read that is difficult at times (remembering all the amazing characters) but it well worth the effort. Fabulous fantasy - go for it!
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on 22 February 2012
Once again a book I just couldn't put down no matter how hard I tried to make the experience last. This whole epic series has had me totally engrossed and I'm very pleased to know that there are two excellent authors writing it. Please keep them coming.
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on 9 April 2015
I got used to his style early on, he doesn't write as well as Erikson but that's not actually his fault. the stories are often a bit tighter as a result maybe? either way, another good instalment in a series I greatly enjoy.
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