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Forge of the High Mage

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It shows him coming into his power as he pushes himself beyond what he thought was his limits, only to discover an almost limitless supply of power on the other side of his mental barricades. Whereas Dancer’s Lament only featured three point-of-view perspectives, Forge of the High Mage has approximately a dozen. I absolutely loved the first three books from this series and had high expectations from this one but I felt that this was probably the weakest so far in the series. Well paced, more lore for the foundation of the Malazan Empire and the future conflicts its drawn into. The finest Esslemont novel so far, and a superb Malazan novel in its own right' - DRYING INK You may also be interested in.

A somewhat rag-tag army, joined by a similarly motley fleet under the command of the Emperor himself. An excellent entry in the Malazan universe, with all the complexity/multi-PoV, large-scale plotlines and epic moments of any Erikson book. I found that these were handled brilliantly, with a few special easter eggs for Malazan fans who read closely.The Path to Ascendancy novels are shorter, being more concise and focused, than the sweeping epics of the two main series. I didn’t expect this volume to be so Tayschrenn centric, but it does such a fantastic job revealing the underpinnings of this enigmatic man. Eventually with the help of some other readers we settled on Forge of the High Mage, and I was happy with that. The lack of consistency and timeline is something that is prevalent throughout the entire main series and side books (some more and some less than others), so it should come as no surprise that this book follows the pattern.

The author takes us back to where it all began and how the Malazans forge their empire with their ruthlessness. The entire novel is a series of short scenes, swapping back and forth between around a dozen characters. There is a bit of a time-jump in the chronology (since the events in Kellanved’s Reach) and the Empire is already fairly established, with several ongoing campaigns of varying success in play at this point.Finally, it is worth noting that there are a couple of big-name cameos in Forge of the High Mage with characters who are not directly involved in the action taking place (yet). But two can play at that game, for the Emperor sails towards Falar aboard his flagship Twisted - a vessel that is itself thought to be not entirely of this world . This is the first book in the UK published series to bear the slightly renamed series title Paths to Ascendancy.

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