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Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont
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Jan 18, 12

Read in September, 2009

Esslemont is an old collaborator with Steven Erikson and combined with him in creating the world of Malaz, which they both write about. Here, Esslemont has taken a page out of Erikson's playbook, with various unconnected characters all making their way to a central pivotal event, which takes up the last couple of hundred pages. As is usually the way with these books not all threads are tied off and some seem rather inconsequential for now. The writing is not quite up there with Erikson's, but shows some improvement from Esslemont's debut piece. All in all, a solid work, and a necessary one for readers of Erikson's series (since there are substantial crossovers). Rated MA for fantasy and war violence and coarse language. 3.5/5
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