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  • Deadhouse Landing: A Novel of the Malazan Empire | Ian C. Esslemont

    Deadhouse Landing: A Novel of the Malazan Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
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    (138)
    Story
    (135)

    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.

    Mike says: "great malazan 'origin story' featuring Dancer & Wu"
  • Dancer's Lament: Path to Ascendancy, Book 1 | Ian C. Esslemont

    Dancer's Lament: Path to Ascendancy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Esslemont's all-new prequel trilogy takes readers deeper into the politics and intrigue of the New York Times bestselling Malazan Empire. Dancer's Lament focuses on the genesis of the empire, and features Dancer, the skilled assassin, who, alongside the mage Kellanved, would found the Malazan empire.

    Telorast says: "Ahhhh..."
  • Night of Knives: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 1 | Ian C. Esslemont

    Night of Knives: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    The small island of Malaz and its city gave the great empire its name, but now it is little more than a sleepy, backwater port. Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger's stare. Because tonight there is to be a convergence, the once-in-a-generation appearance of a Shadow Moon - an occasion that threatens the good people of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker things....

    Kindle Customer says: "Good Companion Kick starter to Malazan saga"
  • Stonewielder: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 3 | Ian C. Esslemont

    Stonewielder: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
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    Story
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    Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamored with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

    Matthew says: "I had little faith in ICE"
  • Orb Sceptre Throne: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 4 | Ian C. Esslemont

    Orb Sceptre Throne: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    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.

    Justin Mason says: "Great as usuall"
  • Return of the Crimson Guard: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 2 | Ian C. Esslemont

    Return of the Crimson Guard: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    The return of the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard, could not have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries. Indeed, there are those who wonder whether the Empress Laseen might not be losing her grip on power as she faces increasing unrest as conquered kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more.

    Kiril says: "The book is good but there is a technical problem"
  • Blood and Bone: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 5 | Ian C. Esslemont

    Blood and Bone: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.

    says: "The worst in series so far"
  • Assail | Ian C. Esslemont

    Assail

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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    Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. All these adventures have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait - hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures.

    BJ says: "Welcome ending"
  • Deadhouse Landing: Path to Ascendancy, Book 2 | Ian C Esslemont

    Deadhouse Landing: Path to Ascendancy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    Returning fans to the turbulent early history of what would become the Malazan Empire, the second chapter in Ian C. Esslemont's thrilling new epic fantasy sequence.... After the disappointments of 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 a civil war on their own home island. The plan, however, soon goes awry....

  • Assail: Malazan Empire, Book 6 | Ian C Esslemont

    Assail: Malazan Empire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now adventurers and fortune seekers have set sail in search of riches. And all they have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait - hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures.

  • Orb Sceptre Throne: Malazan Empire, Book 4 | Ian C Esslemont

    Orb Sceptre Throne: Malazan Empire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    Overall
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    Story
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    The tumult of great powers colliding has passed, and the city of Darujhistan and its citizens can at last get on with what matters: trading, bickering, politicking and enjoying all the good things in life. However, not all are ready to leave the past behind. A treasure hunter digging amongst the burial grounds that surround the city is about to uncover a hidden crypt.

    Matthew says: "Surprised"
  • Dancer's Lament: Path to Ascendancy, Book 1 | Ian C. Esslemont

    Dancer's Lament: Path to Ascendancy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    It was once a land ravaged by war; minor city states, baronies and principates fought for supremacy; and then the rival cities of Tali and Quon formed an alliance, and so Quon Tali came into being. However, that was generations ago. That dynasty has collapsed, and the regional powers are now clawing at each other's throats once more.

    William says: "MIGHTY MEZLA!!!"
  • Return of the Crimson Guard: A Novel of the Malazan Empire | Ian C. Esslemont

    Return of the Crimson Guard: A Novel of the Malazan Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The return of the mercenary company the Crimson Guard could not have come at a worse time for the Malazan Empire. Drained by constant warfare, betrayals and rivalries, many see the grip of Empress Laseen weakening. Conquered kingdoms and principalities test their old independence. Into this fermenting civil war on Quon Tali - the empire's homeland - comes the Guard and the ingrained memory of their vow of undying opposition to the existence of the empire.

  • Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire, Book 1 | Ian C Esslemont

    Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy back-water port. However this night things are a little different. This night its residents are bustling about, barring doors and shuttering windows. Because this night a once-in-a-generation Shadow Moon is due and threatens the good citizens of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker, beings.... And it was also prophesied that on this night the Emperor Kellanved, missing for all these years, will return.

  • Stonewielder: Epic Fantasy: Malazan Empire | Ian C. Esslemont

    Stonewielder: Epic Fantasy: Malazan Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
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    Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague, Kyle, wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

  • Blood and Bone: Malazan Empire, Book 5 | Ian C Esslemont

    Blood and Bone: Malazan Empire, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the western sky, the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted another expedition in a bid to tame the neighbouring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.

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