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Best of a steadily improving series,
This review is from: Stonewielder: A Novel of the Malazan Empire (Malazan Empire 3) (Hardcover)
I must admit that I rather rushed to judge Ian Esslemont's Malazan novels, comparing them unfavourably to Steven Eriksons tales from the same imagined world. I initially considered Esslemont's works a bit shallow by comparison, but they've grown on me and they have improved with each subsequent novel.
Stonewielder is the best of Esslemont's books to date, a touch exposition-heavy given the length of the novel, in my opinion, but his style of prose gives the story a good pace. It definitely helps if you're an Erikson/Malazan Empire fan as a lot of those 'unexplored vistas' from Erikson's books are now being expanded upon in Esslemont's.
I've read enough cr*p fantasy novels over the years to recognise chaff when I see it, but this is another solid entry in an interesting series, with just enough musings on The Meaning Of Things to raise it well above the average.