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Well written addition to the Malazan novels,
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This review is from: Orb Sceptre Throne (Malazan Empire) (Kindle Edition)
Having just finished this book on my Kindle I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it. .
The story centers on the rise of another Tyrant in Darujhistan, and the machinations that follow. In true Malazan style, some very important events are only hinted at (see the fate of the Imperial High Mage), presumably to be covered in more detail in later books. Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, the enmity between the Seguleh and the Moranth is not explained very well. Esslemont's Kruppe, on the other hand, seems to be spot on, at times even outshining Erikson's handling of the character in Gardens of the Moon. The action scenes, as is usual for the Malazan books, are excellent. Esslemont manages to avoid the relentlessly bleak, self introspective writing style of Erikson's work, where every single character seems secretly to be a philosopher poet burdened by hidden guilts. At the same time, he introduces a host of old and new characters, weaving multiple plot threads without losing focus of the overall story.
All in all, an excellent book, and one I'd definitely recommend to both Malazan fans, and given the relatively stand alone nature of the book, to new readers too.