Esslemont's all-new prequel trilogy takes readers deeper into the politics and intrigue of the New York Times bestselling Malazan Empire. Dancer's Lament focuses on the genesis of the empire, and features Dancer, the skilled assassin, who, alongside the mage Kellanved, would found the Malazan empire.
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Ian Esselmont has hit his stride both as a writer and a story teller. Dancer's Lament begins a rich development of Malazan history without coming across as a prequel. The relationships of the characters are unexpected and complex. The book stands on it's own without suggesting that the characters have a future in an epic series, so I believe it would be a great choice for someone who has never heard of Malazan Book of the Fallen. For those who have read and reread MBotF, what can I say... It's sweet.
The reader, John Banks, is just right. Great voices with just the right emphasis in the right places. My only complaint is the voice of Koroll. I found it difficult to listen to when he talked very long, which fortunately was not very often. Otherwise, excellent.
This story has a large number of story arcs that make it difficult to get a grasp on where the overall story is going. However, if one stays with it, the various threads do begin to tie together and coalesce at the end.
Even so, there was a large amount of time spent on character interaction and backstory such that maintaining one's interest level often became a challenge.
I will say that the writing was above par and the narrator's performance was worthy.
I enjoyed this book. It really kept me interested. The story wasn't too long and still you get enough depth of the characters and what is going on. Can't wait for the next book.
The worlds created by Ian C. Esslemont and Steven Erickson are beyond amazing! Every one of them have been intriguing, entertaining, captivating, and down right awe inspiring.
It answers a hundred questions from the book of the fallen story, it poses a thousand new ones. From start to finish it was hard to put down.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
It is easy to see why these type of books are so long. Everything is explained in extensive detail. Example, One guy is described as gulping like a fish in lake so and so in the county of so and so. Books like this love to rattle off names, I guess to make them seem more historical, legit, ?. It is a popular why to write, as a lot of fantasy novels do it. I get lost, wondering, should I know these names of a fictional place. Why could he not just say he gulped like a fish? I could not finish this book.
The characters start out together with nothing and end up the same way at the end. It's story with a good plot that just ends up in a circle. I did not mind the journey but felt like it did not really go anywhere.
While I've enjoyed Erikson's Karkhanas (sp?) story, I never really cared about Anomander Rake's, and the Tiste Andii's, history. However, in a literary world with so many well written friendships/partnerships, one of my favorite has always been Shadowthrone and his Rope. While the two are woven throughout the Malazan Book of the Fallen, you don't really get an in-depth look at their relationship, and most of what you do get barely skims the surface of a much deeper, but only ever implied, back story. I was very excited to see their beginnings, and this beginning does not disappoint.
I loved the Malazan books, and was excited to learn more about Dancer/Shadowthrone.
However, I find the characters in the book flat and boring, about as cliché as they come. No character progression to speak of.I wasn't drawn into plot, because there are no stakes and the main characters don't care about it much either.
Feels like the book is setting up the next ones, but given the lackluster start I wont bother.
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