After decades of warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the rule of the Warlock King. But peace has been exacted at a terrible price—a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst deadly.
To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether has devoured all of its less-civilised neighbours with rapacious hunger. All save one—the Tiste Edur. But Lether is approaching a long-prophesied renaissance—from kingdom and lost colony to Empire reborn—and has fixed its gaze on the rich lands of the Tiste Edur. It seems inevitable that the tribes will surrender, either to the suffocating weight of gold, or to slaughter at the edge of a sword. Or so Destiny has decreed.
A pivotal treaty between the two sides nears—but unknown ancient forces are awakening. For the impending struggle between these two peoples is but a pale reflection of an altogether more profound, primal battle—a confrontation with the still-raw wound of betrayal and the craving for vengeance at its heart. War and confrontation, magic and myth collide in this, the stunning fifth chapter in Steven Erikson’s magnificent ‘Malazan Book of the Fallen’ sequence, hailed as an epic of the imagination and a fantasy classic in the making.EXCERPT
Each new novel moves from strength to strength…this series has already established itself as the most significant work of epic fantasy since Stephen R. Donaldson’s ‘Chronicles of Thomas Covenant’.
Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics…his books are fantasy for grown-ups, but his war-torn world of constant upheavals reminds one an awful lot of our own
The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more.
—STEPHEN R. DONALDSON
This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture.
Bantam Press (UK) • London (2004) • hard cover • ISBN: 0-593-04627-7
Bantam Press (UK) • London (2004) • trade paperback • ISBN: 0-593-04628-5
Corgi Books/Transworld (UK) • London (2005) • paperback • ISBN: 0-553-81314-5