Orb Sceptre Throne

Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 4
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (395 ratings)

Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $29.99

Buy for $29.99

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The epic new chapter in the history of Malaz - the epic fantasy from Steven Erikson's friend and co-creator of this extraordinary and exciting imagined world.

Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity. While, as ever at the center of everything, a thief in a red waistcoat and of rotund proportions walks the streets, juggling in one hand custard pastries, and in the other the fate of the city itself.

Far to the south, fragments of the titanic Moon's Spawn have crashed into the Rivan Sea creating a series of isles...and a fortune hunter's dream. A Malazan veteran calling himself 'Red' ventures out to try his luck - and perhaps say goodbye to old friends. But there he finds far more than he'd bargained for as the rush to claim the Spawn's treasures descends into a mad scramble of chaos and bloodshed. For powers from across the world have gathered here, searching for the legendary Throne of Night. The impact of these events are far reaching, it seems. On an unremarkable island off the coast of Genabackis, a people who had turned their backs upon all such strivings now lift their masked faces towards the mainland and recall the ancient prophesy of a return.

And what about the ex-Claw of the Malazan Empire who now walks the uttermost edge of creation? His mission - the success or failure of which the Queen of Dreams saw long ago - is destined to shape far more than anyone could have ever imagined.

©2016 Random House Audiobooks, all rights reserved.; 2012 Ian Cameron Esselmont.

What listeners say about Orb Sceptre Throne

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    296
  • 4 Stars
    71
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    258
  • 4 Stars
    75
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    265
  • 4 Stars
    65
  • 3 Stars
    25
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Like but don't love

After MBotF, this & the other stories in this series are welcome off-shoots..but PLEASE would the narrator at least LISTEN to some of the original stories? Learn to pronounce the names as already established? & basic pronunciation of normal words ...come ON. The storyline is engaging & new characters are fun to get to know, but I did NOT like the changes made to one very well established major (in BotF) character's persona. If you're familiar with the Malazan world, you'll have to adjust a bit, but all in all, it's a good story.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

ok

The narrator was good he used a lot of different voices find myself struggling to stay paying attention to it was very all over the place

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not the most true to Erickson’s main series

First of all I don’t love the voice decisions in this novel. I understand different narrator different accents but he wasn’t particularly consistent even with characters from the same city who should have similar accents one would assume. I also had some issues with the behavior of the characters. Erickson is much more subtle with Krupp for example, Esslemont has Krupp being buffoonish whereas Erickson has him more crafty in his portrayal. In general I think Erickson is more subtle, the best way I can describe it without writing a paragraph is that I feel like Erickson trusts his readers to read between the lines whereas Esslemont seems to think the reader needs things spelled out for them. One last thing that I have found bothers me just a bit between Erickson and Esslemont in general is that Erickson’s characters thumb their nose at the odds and Malazan marines are just as likely to tell a god to go to Hood and then try and throw a munition at their face as to show that same god respect. Esslemont likes to play up the gravity of the situation and his characters are much more serious and reverent of those in power. I prefer that irreverence we get in the main books.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

These really are the best.

Novels of the Malazan Empire are the best, even among hundreds of fantasy and science fiction books, they are still the best. Above all, these books are always "fun". The worst sort of catastrophic apocalyptic event could be happening, but the author has no interest in despair. instead you are helped through a wonderful adventure by relatable likeable people.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

It comes around

This book is pure member-berries. Esslemont brings back many of the old Malazan characters! Fantastic!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Long awaited look at the Seguleh

anything these two write in the Malazan world (and connecting realms) is the best in the sci fi genre

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

more then worth the time

I feel like cam finally truly hit his stride with this one. Moreover the incredible intricacy of the universe amazed me yet again. I didn't think it was possible for there to be yet more backstory to far flung genabackis, but yet there it was seamless as always.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

awesome

I love everything Malazan and this book did not disappoint in literature or narration! It was very very entertaining!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great as usuall

Great story from the Malazan world. I enjoyed how familiar characters were brought back but mixed with new in depth characters as well. can't wait to start the next....here I go.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story with more about Seguleh

The only reason this didn't get five stars all the way through is the annoying habit of the various narrators to refuse to listen to previous books in the series and learn how to pronounce the names of the characters.