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Stand the Wall,
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This review is from: Stonewielder: Epic Fantasy: Malazan Empire (Kindle Edition)
This is Esslemont's third Malazan novel, and his writing has continue to develop with every book. A host of his previous characters and a whole bunch of new faces clash as we finally deal with the oft mentioned Stormwall.
Kyle, the main protagonist from the last novel, continues his journey together with Greymane, as the Malazans mount another invasion of Korel. The latter in particular is developed in much more depth.
Naval combat has played a minor role in the Malazan books thus far, but here we finally get an in-depth engagement involving the Moranth Blues and a host of sorcery. The battle is excitingly written and one of the best scenes Ian has written thus far.
We also continue the trials of Iron Bars and his comrades as the Guardsmen join the defenders of the Wall; there's a real sense of futile desperation to the neverending combat with the Riders.
As if this wasn't enough, we also get the return of Kiska as she travels with a major Erikson character in search of the lost mage Tayschrenn.
The strands left dangling at the end of the novel left me wanting more; I'm sure Esslemont will deliver.