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Forge of Darkness Audiobook

Forge of Darkness: Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1

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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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    "keeps true to Ericksons style and presentation"

    not happy with the change in pronunciation of certain words, bit otherwise well written, well narrated and well received...

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    "Can't wait for the next one!"

    Wow! I never dreamed of a prequel to the Malazan series! Getting to see so many great characters in their 'infancy' is really neat. Forever an Erikson fan.

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    "one small problem"

    I'd only one small problem and that is that this author pronounces some words slightly differently from the previous books. However this was a problem with some of the first 10 books when they changed authors so if you got through that you'll enjoy this book that is the only reason for the one-star off performance.

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    S. Fisher 06-13-16
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    "Erikson's best yet"

    I've been taken by each of Erikson's books so far, but this one is the most articulate, most cohesive, and most compelling yet. Please keep them coming!

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    "Good book, not so good narrator"

    loved the book. Had some really exciting moments and some heartwrenching ones. One in particular was so painful and well done I had to put the book down for qn entire month. The narrator however left a lot to be desired. By far not the worst I've heard but he simply wasn't up to the standard to which I have become accustomed

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    "great start"

    at first i had a tough time seeing the value in the telling of this prequel but by the tales end i now hunger for more. cannot wait for the sequel and learn what comes of the decisions and events in this forge of darkenesss.

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    "Complex and Intricate"

    Very long work full of surprises, and packed with content. This one took me longer to finish than his others, but it is well worth doing.

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    AllWrong74 Forest Grove, Oregon 07-25-13
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    Would you listen to Forge of Darkness again? Why?

    Steven Erikson is probably the best fantasy writer it has ever been my pleasure to read or listen to.


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

    Kadaspala ripping out his own eyes in grief.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anomander Rake meeting Caladan Brood for the first time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It doesn't start how you think it does.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio on this book was recorded far too low. I was straining to hear for over 1/2 the book.

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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.

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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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