Orb Sceptre Throne: A Novel of the Malazan Empire (Malazan Empire #4)
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 n ...more
In this book more than any of his previous ones, Esslemont is writing directly on the heels of Erikson. This is, essentially, a sequel to Erikson's Toll the Hounds, and it has been pined for almost as much as that novel about *hushed whisper*Assail*hushed whisper*. Fans ought not to be disappointed, but fantasy fans are like metal fans. They're a bunch of ar ...more
I really enjoyed this Malazan novel. It took me back to some of my favorite characters and their colorful language, not to mention, humor throughout the entire book.
Scorch, Leff, Studlock, Spindle, Antsy, Raest, Raest's cat, and more and more - you are the best!
And friend Kruppe, how would that city manage without you?
Orb Sceptre Throne is the fourth novel by Canadian archaeologist and writer Ian C. Esslemont. It is set in the world of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, a setting co-created by Esslemont and fellow Canadian Steven Erikson as a backdrop for role-playing games. Orb Sceptre Throne takes place in the city of Darujhistan after the events of The Malazan Book of the Fallen have concluded.
The world that keeps on giving
Say what you will about other fantasy epics; Er ...more
Hablando ya del libro en sí, diré que no es ni de lejos el mejor libro sobre Malaz, pero tampoco es el peor.
Tanto la trama principal como las secundarias, sin ser aburridas, tampoco creo que sean nada especial como para recordarlas días después de que te hayas leído el libro.
Además que sea t ...more
ICE didn't have to describe some of the characters because we know theme, and he knew that we know, so he marched right on! I loved that, made me feel like that childhood friend th ...more
NOTE: This review first appeared on May 22, 2012 over at The King of Elfland's 2nd Cousin. If you enjoy it, please stop by!
As I've written about before (here, and here) I'm a big fan of the Malazan universe created by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont. Yes, the books are complex, the plots byzantine, and the cast of characters massive. But the universe is compelling, not to mention just plain fun. And after swimming through over eight thousand pages of text in this universe, I'm always eager t...more
seriously, awesome, and after a day or two of break I am eager to start Blood and Bone :)
Oh, fair Darujhistan! You are always getting into trouble!
Esslemont's novel exposes a big chunk of Genabackis' history. It ties together Seguleh, Moranth, Darujhistan and even Rhivi when Tyrant of Darujhistan rises again. The undersupplied remnants of Malazan army find themselves in the middle of the conflict. Our old friends from the city, including the retired Bridgeburners, are all here, except Antsy who goes treasure hunting on the islands created by fallen Moon's Spawn. Adventure a ...more
I’d heard of the Malazan books by Steven Erikson, but so far have not taken the leap into that world. Ian C Esslemont is the co-creator of the Malazan world; he has written three other books that featured characters outside the main series, but with this fourth book characters already esta ...more
Ian Esslemont, the co-creator of the world where Steven Erikson set his massive, wonderful Malazan Book of the Fallen series, returns with his fourth novel set in that world. It's a bit of a step back from Steonwielder, but not much of one. (And I will admit: after fifty pages I thought I was going to be getting the book I've wanted since day one, the Book of Kruppe, and I was more than a little disappointed this ended up not being it, which probab ...more
Ever since discovering Steven Erikson over a decade ago, he has been one of my favourite authors. Naturally, when someone else swims in the same pool it very hard not to draw comparisons, and differences in writing styles are particularly evident, and sometimes not flattering. However, Esslemont h ...more
"Bride" instead of "bridge."
Chapter nineteen's heading was "IXX."
At one point, the character Blend is identified as "Blood."
And then there are dropped words, fragments and sentences that make no sense.
Night of Knives continues to ...more
Rather than starting the book in the typical Malazan fashion which is to say plopped down and left to figure out who's who, rather like a party-goer who decided to use the skylight instead of the door, we already know most of the p ...more
Esslemont handles the familiar names quite well, and seems to have a knack for writing likable characters with emotionally satisfying arcs. Characters as a whole were, I think, the book's greatest strength. There were so ...more
The eternal Question: Is Ian better than Steve?
Taking in consideration the 'rewarding' factor and the 'enjoyable' coefficient ... there is no diff
If you wanna analyse the writing style, storyboard, characterization ... you... do that.
(I decided not to, at least after the 4th Ian's book, as it !might! make me enjoy the aftertaste less and honestly it beats the point of reading/consuming)
So what's this all about?
When should I read this
wiki advice seems good, as for the books that seem to happen i ...more
Here, ICE creates a couple of very intriguing epic plotlines, including the investigation of the ruins of Moon's Spawn and the rise of (yet another) tyrant in Darujhistan. There are also some intere ...more
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Ian C. Esslemont and Steven Erikson co-created the ...more