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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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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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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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Exhausting

I first became hooked on Erickson with the Malazan series and loved it enough to read it twice. Anything this author has written since then feels like wading through cement. He showed signs of his tendency to digress, during the Malayan series but managed to hold himself in check enough to stay on task. Unfortunately as he continues to publish, he digresses more and more into long exhaustive philosophical pontifications. With text I can skim over it. With audio I just shut it off and turn on the news.

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Hard to follow

It was hard to follow the story line much of the time. Other than that was a good story. Lots of monologues made it really a struggle to keep listening.

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Great great story

excellent story and storytelling! I would reccomend this format to anyone who diesnt have the time to read. but like me spends a lot of time in their car.

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Too much talking

As with most all of Erikson's Malazan-related novels, this one was great. The fact that he can churn out such entertaining, long, dramatic, high fantasy at almost one a year should shame other authors in the genre (*cough* Martin *cough). The biggest problem with this one was the seemingly unending amount of exposition and philosophizing between characters. while I can appreciate and respect his ability to string together so many interesting ideas with such verbosity, he went way overboard, especially in the first three quarters of the book. That said, it was still enjoyable, and I look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy.

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A bit wordy

If you've read Erickson's books this probably isn't a surprise. Maybe I noticed it more because it's an audible book and tougher for me to skim over 5 minutes of a character's internal monologue.

Still an excellent book, and I look forward to the next installment

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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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go Erickson go!

I cannot believe just how prolific he is, and with unswerving quality too! so legit best series ever

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Great but overly poetic.

Overall it was a solid follow-up to forge of Darkness. I felt like it added significant depth and understanding to the characters in care about. The style is similar to FoD in that's it is very poetic, almost Shakespearean and style. Easy to sometimes doze off when he goes on a rant. Enjoyed it though. Rake is a boss.