Forge of the High Mage

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And then the theocracy of Falar is itself far from defenceless - its priests are in possession of a weapon so terrifying it has not been unleashed for centuries. 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. I had slightly higher hopes for the exploration of Falar, for actually going into the dark underbelly of the Jhistal cult and in that respect, this book didn’t quite hit the mark. But Forge of the High Mage goes and extra step in this direction and actually makes me sympathize with the man. For many reasons I immensely enjoy myself every single time a story about Malazan world finds its way into my fantasy loving hands.

The great thing is we still have two ongoing series from Erikson and at least another 2 books left in this series.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. Other characters from the past get some great page time to flesh them out and further imperial politics (plus a little from the Guard) are also given more context.

I thought maybe Path of Ascendancy would follow every step of empire-making, but that would take forever and I’m guessing the goal is to touch upon the most important moments of the expansion. I felt like his original 6 were a little gimmicky - like seeing the rest of the Star Wars universe you always wanted to see but then realize it was better keeping it mysterious. Hopefully there will be a couple more novels in this series so I sincerely hope that he bumps the quality back up to normal. Either way the threads between the two are beginning to tie together in a way that only Malazan books do.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.

Sadly, the part of the books that felt the least necessary or even relevant to any of the plots was the Crimson Guardsmen plotline. Our main character, who takes centre stage in this Malazan tale, is a young High Mage Tayschrenn, leads the Malazan infantry alongside High Fist Dujek to reach Falar, he is untested and doesn't realise how powerful a mage he is until he comes up against very powerful elder magics. I have read every single book that has been released to date in the Malazan universe from both Ian C Esslement and Steven Erikson (well except Upon a Dark of Evil Overlords which in all his eccentricity Erikson decided to release just his handwritten notes and at the moment is not available as an actual book). it also does a good job of showing how dark imperialism is, not just in a grander sense but also how ‘good’ people like dujek will allow awful people like hairlock to serve because it helps the ‘empire’.I think Kellanved having command of the hounds and the T'lan Imass but gaining this off screen was a bit of a shame because these are things that naturally would've been interesting. One minor criticism that I have with Forge to the High Mage, though, is that we spend less page time with the duo of Kellanved and Dancer, whose interactions are always memorable. It is loaded with set pieces, contains wonderful dialogue, witty exchanges, explosive showdowns, unlikely alliances, and features some of the finest character creations that the genre has to offer. Granted, Deadhouse Landing has started the Tay-arc and already portrayed him as something of a socially inept recluse. Surprisingly, Forge of the High Mage is exactly what the title says, the forging of the High Mage Tayschrenn into the formidable and intimidating figure seen in MBotF.

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