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Different approach to the Malazan world
on 26 September 2013
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.