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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed this book, but the narrator made me cringe. Either they didn't explain to him how to pronounce many names from the Malazan world correctly or he just made it up as he went along. He's also a bit overly dramatic in places.
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