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Return to the turbulent history of what would become the Malazan Empire....

After the disappointments in Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To do so they join forces with a small band of Napans who have fled their home. However, Kellanved is soon distracted by a strange and dangerous ancient structure. Back in Li Heng, Dassem, now the proclaimed Sword of Hood, finds himself being blamed for a plague which leads him to a crisis of faith - and searching for answers.

During all this, the neighboring island of Nap threatens war and allies are beginning to wonder about Kellanved's sanity. Dancer now faces a hard choice: should he give up on his partnership? Especially when his friend's obsession with shadows and ancient artifacts brings the both of them alarmingly close to death and destruction. After all, who in his right mind would actually wish to enter the Deadhouse?

©2017 Ian C. Esslemont (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Good Prequel

Enjoyed this prequel. still a few unanswered questions and few new ones, but still enjoyed it.

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Enjoyable

Love the narrator so much better then Michael Page. The sort was good I enjoyed it more then the Karkansas books.

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AWESOME!

Another awesome tale in the Malazan universe! Great writing and narration. Can't wait for the 3rd book in this trilogy.

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Great prequel. Can't wait for the final book.

My only complaint is that it was too short. The story fills a lot of holes and answers alot of questions I had about Kelenved and Dancer.

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entertaining backstory to the series

john banks does an amazing job bringing all the characters to life and i love getting to glimpse into the pasts of some the series main characters

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Best of malazan

This prequel series is the best of the malazan book of the fallen universe, if you are trying to introduce someone to the series this is a great place to start.

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great malazan 'origin story' featuring Dancer & Wu

The ending came too quick! Get to know the origins of Surly (Lassine), Dancer (Cotillion), and Wu/Kelandved (shadow throne)

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Another Gem

Fantastic to anyone addicted to the world of Malaz! Great to see the early days of the making of an empire.

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Everything I've wanted from a prequal.

If you have never read the Malazan series, this trilogy is a perfect starting place for gaining a foothold in the universe. It manages to ease the way past the steep learning curve of the Erikson's works, which are my all time favorites, but still keeps the intrigue and epic scale to a brilliant fantasy world. If you have read the Malazan books, this series may change your perspective on certain characters from the Erikson's books, but that is nothing new with a prequal. I believe he has made the entire Malazan universe stronger and more appealing to those who view a 10 book series as too daunting a task. As always, Esslemont flawlessly compliments the Malazan universe with each and every new novel he produces. I cannot wait for the next one! Maybe we will get a short story or two in the meantime with some of the characters or Ascendants. Must read if you like Action Fantasy or High Fantasy.

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Another Frantic Adventure

This book starts out fast and doesn't slow down till the very end. the next installment can't get here soon enough