Forge of the High Mage

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Forge of the High Mage

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Whereas Dancer's Lament only featured three point-of-view perspectives, Forge of the High Mage has approximately a dozen.

That's great, as it gives us more backstory and there are SO many stories to tell in the Malazan timeline.We get Bugg in a previous iteration, before he goes to see the world, as it were and that is the highlight of the book for me. This book really dumbs down the series and the characters, delivering a bunch of epic events and confrontations with hardly any of the emotion that the series is known for. While I love maps and often scoured the map at the beginning as to where PoVs are are are referring to I laughed when I found the much more detailed map at the end of the book. Born in Winnipeg in 1962, IAN CAMERON ESSLEMONT has studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. I've eagerly awaited more books in this series, and there was a bit of confusion at first whether this was a sequel to the main series or another volume in the Path to Ascendancy prequel series.

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. However this is slightly offset by certain characters getting for more limelight than I was expecting. So many characters who'd later go on to have massive roles in Malazan BotF + ME books were featured and none of them felt like fan service. He has a degree in Creative Writing, studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years.

I absolutely love the Malazan world, Steven Erikson being without a shadow of a doubt my favorite author, with ICE's coming in the top 10 as well. But Forge of the High Mage goes and extra step in this direction and actually makes me sympathize with the man.

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. There are however those who harbour doubts regarding the stewardship of Kellanved and his cohort Dancer, and as the Malazan force heads north, it encounters an unlooked-for and most unwelcome threat - unspeakable and born of legend, it has woken and will destroy all who stand in its way. Forge of the High Mage is the fourth book in the Path to Ascendency that deals with the formation of the Malazan Empire.Forge of the High Mage takes place a few decades after the end of book 3 where the Malazan Imperials took Li Heng, they have mostly pacified the Continent of Quon Tali and are looking to expand into Falar where a particularly fat frog with green teeth is residing. Forge Of The High Mage is the fourth in book in the Path to Ascendancy series, which has just gotten better and better.

He is probably in my favorite Malazan characters and apparently he is heavily involved in other Esslemont works so i am really excited for that. Never the less, it is still a very enjoyable book, and a fun look back at some of the series' best characters.This must be an interesting consideration for an author when creating drama for particular scenes in prequels to a popular series. One question I was left with was the amount of time passing between the start of this series and the beginning of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Lot's of old and new faces come into the mix, with multiple plot points converging in typical and exciting Malazan fashion.

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