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Publisher's Summary

Enter the New York Times bestselling Malazan universe with this prequel trilogy

Steven Erikson returns to the Malazan world with the second novel in a dark and revelatory new epic fantasy trilogy, one that takes place a millennium before the events in his New York Times bestselling Malazan Book of the Fallen.

It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm. As rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold....

©2016 Steven Erikson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks, all rights reserved.

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great book, chapters out of order...

In my download, chapter 1, actually starts in the last 2min of chapter 61. so, you end up listening to the end of your book, about halfway through... lame, wish someone had left a note like this earlier.

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Much better narrator than Forge of Darkness

First things first - the audio is in proper order now, they fixed it after the previous reviewers comments.

Mostly I’m just stopping in to say if the previous narrator for Forge of Darkness turned you off, this guy is much better. While almost everything the previous guy said ended up sounding like a busy 16 year old on their way to the mall, this new guy has proper gravitas for the source material. He isn’t perfect, but he’s miles ahead of Philpott.
Regarding pronunciation, every narrator in Erikson’s stuff seems to do it differently. Kind of a let down. I would expect better from the producers at Brilliance Audio, but as always, you get used to it :(

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A truly painful listening experience

I have listened to the ten books in the book of the fallen series. I was really looking forward to more stories from this amazing universe. This recording is a huge disappointment for me. The changes in pronunciation etc are storybreakingly jarring to the ear. I have listened to thousands of hours of audible and have never had to abandon a series based on a narrator before. This is very sad sad sad.

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Steven Erickson needs to get to the point

too many characters
too much philosophy
not enough actual storyline
felt like a chore to read. loved the malazan series, but this is tough to get through.

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Gothos had a hand in this

The ever present monologues have the feel of Gothos' interminable suicide note. The story Is good, but the padding could favourably bee cut in half.

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I hate this.

Endless monologue I really wanted to tell the characters to shut up about there philosophical ramblings. I get it sir war bad soldiers bad leaders bad civilization bad religion bad. I didn’t need 900 pages for you to tell me that.

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Brilliant and amazing.

I had a hard time settling into the story to start, but that soon changed. It was an absolute treat to listen to. The introduction of familiar characters from the Malazan series was a great addition. I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.

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World building masterpiece!

Beautifully written, superbly narrated. A social argument with plenty easter eggs from MBOTF. The amount of WTF moments you get when you mannage to tie events here with everything else you know is impressive. Had me thinking hard a lot but I just Loved it and can't wait for shadow!

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Terrible narration!

I have Fall of Light on my Kindle and thought I'd get it on Audible so I could listen in the car. Big mistake. The narrator has everyone either speaking in Scottish brogue or sounding like they're about to burst into tears. He has Anomander Rake speaking like an old English court fop and he might have at least have listened to some other recorded books to learn how to pronounce names, races, etc.
I'll listen to music in the car and save Fall of Light for physically reading at home. The narration is simply spoiling the story for me.

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Rewarding and frustrating

Somebuddy told Erickson that he was a good writer, that is clear. And they were right! His capacity for the unexpected plot turn, the fascinating characters, the overarching theme, the engaging and profound prose, are all as good as the Malazon series. Nobody ever told him that less is more. His editors were obviously overawed with his language and left way more fat on the bone than would make this a good cut of meat. Character introspection meanders on long enough to make one suspect the author was paid by the word. In fact, the unnecessarily florid and leaden introductory framing device almost had me return this recording to get my money back. But I hung in there to the bitter end, hoping in all this embarrassment of riches something would gel into a unity. But it just plods along, swimming in poetic devices, wading in irony, flapping like a loon trying to fly, barely skimming over the surface for hours and hours before settling back to the surface, unexalted by altitude. Maybe another sequel is out there to justify all these intriguing, if ultimately frustrating plot lines. But for me, despite Edwards’s excellent performance, and Erikson’s excellent prose, this bird didn’t fly.