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Forge of Darkness: Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1 | [Steven Erikson]

Forge of Darkness: Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1

Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus.
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Publisher's Summary

Steven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers in 1999 with his debut, Gardens of the Moon. In the span of just 10 years, he completed his epic telling of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, collecting hordes of fans along the way. Now Erikson returns with a place for new listeners to enter the Malazan world, a trilogy that takes place at a time before the events of the concluded series.

Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal.

The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus, from the faraway Dracons Hold. The idea of this union sends fissures throughout the realm, and as the rumors of an inevitable civil war burn through the masses, something emerges from the long-dead seas. The Vitr - an ancient power that shakes the dormant and dying powers of the past. Caught in the middle of it all are the Sons of Darkness: Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold.

It’s a time of great strife as the past and the present of this warren boil with unfathomable alliances, great deceptions, and even greater passions...of both love and hate. This ancient tale within the world Erikson introduced in the Malazan Book of the Fallen should appeal to fans of George R. R. Martin for its characters and intrigue, but goes leaps further in the realm of the imagination.

©2012 Steven Erikson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Ronald Clarksville, TN, United States 03-19-13
    Ronald Clarksville, TN, United States 03-19-13
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    "Blown away by prose"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Forge of Darkness to be better than the print version?

    The audio version allows the reader to hear difficult names pronounced. The reader is excellent and makes the story flow beautifully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ooh, tough question. There are so many inigmatic characters that tickled my curiosity, I guess Triss got my attention the most. Her amazing power combined with a somewhat peaceful personality really made her god-like.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first encounter with the dragon corpse by the sea.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, but the prose was so perfectly presented that is felt Shakespearian at times. I think that was a combination of reader and writer.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful writing. I bought the Kindle version of book one of the Malazan series immediately after finishing this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene 03-10-13
    Marlene 03-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Erikson continues his amazing stories."

    The series Malazan Book of the Fallen is the best I have ever read. Now Erikson expands around this amazing world he built and we get to know more what came before.

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    ryedpar Knoxville, TN, United States 04-11-13
    ryedpar Knoxville, TN, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Pure Blather - Stopped Listening"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The only way to rank it higher is if I could get my Credit back.


    What could Steven Erikson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Burn it before he sent it to the publisher.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Philpott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard him before, but he's quite good.


    What character would you cut from Forge of Darkness?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    It took several hours before it got to anything resembling a story. It sort of carried that story on and off from then on, but there are so many Peoples, Lands, Houses and Myths that it was nearly impossible to keep track of who's who. Sure, keeping track was my responsibility, but I ended up having to go to a wiki to figure things out because the author did such a poor job.

    Rather than tell a Fantastic story, the author was more concerned with making people sound like they're at a renaissance fair. Rather than keeping the story moving, the author stops everything and has the characters try to understand the universe through faulty reasoning and sophomoric philosophy. I'm totally fine with being immersed in the story's universe and trying to see it through the character's eyes. But do they have to be stupid! Do they have to resort to bad poetry that doesn't even come close to (succinctly) expressing that world view?

    So, I could skip the slow bits. But I can't skip every other sentence! The author regularly uses bad similes and metaphors (on top of the bad poetry). But what drove me absolutely bonkers was that he decided to compound the problem by trying again, and again to get it right! Rather than using the delete key, backspace button. I felt as if I were a fish in a bowl, a container. Filled with water, a translucent liquid. But unlike a fish questing, ever discovering anew, I was a fish with a memory, a retention of the past. ...and worse yet, there's be a scratched record playing that would sometimes skip, sometimes not.

    Run.

    Don't be fooled by others who say this is a great story.

    They're just trying to avoid having to admit they wasted their money.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    ChrisFisher 02-07-13
    ChrisFisher 02-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring and overly complex"
    What disappointed you about Forge of Darkness?

    Just flat out boring, there is some decent dialog in some parts but that is basically the entire book, just different static scenes with 2 people talking. No tension, or climatic build up.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C el dorado, AR, United States 03-29-13
    C el dorado, AR, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys 32 hours of immortal self respective. Teases u enough to keep listing with a tid bit here and there. He sucked me in all the way to the end. Just more circumspect! And mental agony.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Erikson again?

    I enjoyed the first two books and will listen to the third.


    What didn’t you like about Daniel Philpott’s performance?

    The narrator did a fine job


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Forge of Darkness?

    More magic, less characters, less psychological sessions usually one character self analyzing!! The language he uses tends to make ur mind drift. Written in words used 100 years ago , and a lot more action!!


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun 06-27-14
    Shaun 06-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Unless you are philosophy major save your credit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I could stop dozing off from being bombarded with philosophy it might have been a good book. You will find yourself saying "GET ON WITH IT!!!!!!"


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    EdgeWalkerZero 05-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book for fans of the Erikson style"
    Where does Forge of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high, though not my favorite Erikson novel, still much better than a typical fantasy. This certainly is not a book for those who want fast pacing, lots of action, and quick resolutions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forge of Darkness?

    Because this book is a prequel which delivers the promise of lore made mostly in Erikson's Malazan books, the most memorable moments are those that reward you for having seen the future, and how these events will shape it.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Philpott – was your favorite?

    Philpott is not my favorite reader of Erikson, and his pronunciation of certain fantasy words is... disappointing, but he does the character dialogue justice. Anomander Rake and Lord Draconus in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    The pacing is (by normal standards) *very* slow, and the plot is driven by almost glacial forces of divine interference, political intrigue, and personal ambition. Because of this, I only recommend this book to those who appreciate this approach. Speaking personally, I can't get enough of Erikson's contemplative philosopher kings and warriors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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