The Crippled God (2011)

The Crippled God (2011)

Bantam Press (UK)

The Bonehunters are marching to Kolanse, and to an unknown fate. Tormented and exhausted, they are an army on the brink of mutiny.But Adjunct Tavore will not relent.If she can hold her forces together, if the fragile alliances she has forged can survive and if it is within her power, one final act remains. For Tavore Paran means to challenge the gods.

Ranged against Tavore and her allies are formidable foes. The Fokrul Assail are drawing upon a terrible power; their desire is to cleanse the world – to eradicate every civilization, to annihilate every human – in order to begin anew. The Elder Gods, too, are seeking to return. And to do so, they will shatter the chains that bind a force of utter devastation and release her from her eternal prison. It seems that, once more, there will be dragons in the world.

And in Kurald Galain, where the once-lost city of Kharkanas has been found, thousands have gathered upon the First Shore. Commanded by Yedan Derryg, they await the coming of the Tiste Liosan. Are they truly ready to die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects?

In every world there comes a time when choice is no longer an option – a moment when the soul is laid bare and there is nowhere left to turn. And when this last hard truth is faced, when compassion is a virtue on its knees, what is there left to do?Now that time is come – now is the moment to proclaim your defiance and make a stand…

And so begins the final cataclysmic chapter in Steven Erikson’s extraordinary, genre-defining ‘Malazan Book of the Fallen’.

 


Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2011)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-593-04635-8

Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2011)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04636-6
 

 

The Crippled God (2011)

Tor Books

Savaged by the K’Chain Nah’Ruk, the Bonehunters march for Kolanse, where waits an unknown fate. Tormented by questions, the army totters on the edge of mutiny, but Adjunct Tavore will not relent. One final act remains, if it is in her power, if she can hold her army together, if the shaky allegiances she has forged can survive all that is to come. A woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, Tavore Paran of House Paran means to challenge the gods – if her own troops don’t kill her first.

Awaiting Tavore and her allies are the Forkrul Assail, the final arbiters of humanity. Drawing upon an alien power terrible in its magnitude, they seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate every human, every civilization, in order to begin anew. They welcome the coming conflagration of slaughter, for it shall be of their own devising, and it pleases them to know that, in the midst of the enemies gathering against them, there shall be betrayal.

In the realm of Kurald Galain, home to the long lost city of Kharkanas, a mass of refugees stand upon the First Shore. Commanded by Yedan Derryg, the Watch, they await the breaching of Lightfall, and the coming of the Tiste Liosan. This is a war they cannot win, and they will die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects.

Elsewhere, the three Elder Gods, Kilmandaros, Errastas and Sechul Lath, work to shatter the chains binding Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, from her eternal prison. Once freed, she will rise as a force of devastation, and against her no mortal can stand. At the Gates of Starvald Demelain, the Azath House sealing the portal is dying. Soon will come the Eleint, and once more, there will be dragons in the world.

 


Tor Books  •  New York (2011)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-0-7653-1010-1

Tor Books  •  New York (2011)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 978-0-7653-1656-1

Tor Books  •  New York (2011)  •  ebook  •  ISBN: 978-1-4299-6947-5

Dust of Dreams (2009)

Dust of Dreams (2009)

Bantam Press (UK)

On the Letherii continent the exiled Malazan army commanded by Adjunct Tavore begins its march into the eastern Wastelands, to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen.

The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand—the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage.In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world.

Destinies are never simple.Truths are neither clear nor sharp.The Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen are drawing to a close in a distant place, beneath indifferent skies, as the last great army of the Malazan Empire seeks a final battle in the name of redemption. Final questions remain to be answered: can one’s deeds be heroic when no one is there to see it? Can that which is unwitnessed forever change the world? The answers await the Bonehunters, beyond the Wastelands…

 


Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2009)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-593-04633-1

Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2009)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04634-X
 

 

Dust of Dreams (2009)

Tor Books

In Letherii, the exiled Malazan army commanded by Adjunct Tavore begins its march into the eastern Wastelands, to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen.

And in these same Wastelands, others gather to confront their destinies. The warlike Barghast, thwarted in their vengeance against the Tiste Edur, seek new enemies beyond the border and Onos Toolan, once immortal T’lan Imass now mortal commander of the White Face clan, faces insurrection. To the south, the Perish Grey Helms parlay passage through the treacherous kingdom of Bolkando. Their intention is to rendezvous with the Bonehunters but their vow of allegiance to the Malazans will be sorely tested. And ancient enclaves of an Elder Race are in search of salvation—not among their own kind, but among humans—as an old enemy draws ever closer to the last surviving bastion of the K’Chain Che’Malle.

So this last great army of the Malazan Empire is resolved to make one final defiant, heroic stand in the name of redemption. But can deeds be heroic when there is no one to witness them? And can that which is not witnessed forever change the world? Destines are rarely simple, truths never clear but one certainty is that time is on no one’s side. For the Deck of Dragons has been read, unleashing a dread power that none can comprehend…

In a faraway land and beneath indifferent skies, the final chapter of ‘The Malazan Book of the Fallen’ has begun…

 


Tor Books  •  New York (2010)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-0-765-31009-5

Tor Books  •  New York (2010)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 978-0-765-31655-4

Gardens Of The Moon (1999)

Gardens of the Moon (1999)

Bantam Press (UK)

Gardens of the Moon (1999)

Bantam Press (UK)

Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent.

Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still holds out—and Empress Lasseen’s ambition knows no bounds.

However, it seems the empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister forces gather as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand…

 

An astounding debut…has the potential to become a defining work

—SF SITE

Complex, challenging…Erikson’s strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own

—J.V.JONES
 


Bantam/Transworld (UK)  •  London (1999)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04470-3

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2000)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-553-81217-3

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2008)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-553-81957-7
 

 

Gardens of the Moon (1999)

Tor Books

Gardens of the Moon (1999)

Tor Books

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand . . .

 

Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me is, Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon. And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson is, write faster.

—STEPHEN R. DONALDSON

I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company, Zelazny’s Amber, Vance’s Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon’s hoard.

—GLEN COOK

 


Tor Books  •  New York (2004)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31001-5

Tor Books  •  New York (2005)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-34878-0
 

 

Gardens of the Moon (1999)

Subterranean Press

The Malazan Empire is a continent-spanning dominion over which the ruthless Empress Laseen holds sway, her rule enforced by the Claws, the Imperial assassins. Bled dry by incessant warfare and undermined by dissension, signs indicate that the Empire could be crumbling from within.

The Genabackis campaign has been a war of attrition in which the Malazans have spent years fighting the combined forces of local armies aided by the formidable Son of Darkness and Lord of the Tiste Andii, Anomander Rake, the Crimson Guard, the powerful warlord Caladan Brood, and their allies.

Though they emerge victorious from the siege of Pale and impel the flying fortress of Moon’s Spawn to retreat and abandon the conflict, the Malazan triumph is bittersweet. Evidence implies that the Bridgeburners were nearly wiped out by treacherous elements from within the ranks of their own army.

Before any light can be shed on what truly occurred, the Malazan troops are sent marching to subdue Darujhistan, the last of the Free Cities of Genabackis. Soon, as the conflict escalates, powerful forces converge on Darujhistan.

And with gods and Ascendants watching and manipulating events, nothing is as it seems in the City of Blue Fire.
 


Subterranean Press  •  Burton, MI (2009)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-1-59606-145-3

Deadhouse Gates (2000)

Deadhouse Gates (2000)

Bantam Press (UK)

Deadhouse Gates (2000)

Bantam Press (UK)

Weakened by events in Darujhistan, the Malazan Empire teeters on the brink of anarchy. In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik gathers an army around her in preparation for the long-prophesied uprising named the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in its size and savagery, it will embroil in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known: a maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust that will shape destinies and give birth to legends…

In the Otataral mines, Felisin, youngest daughter of the disgraced House of Paran, dreams of revenge against the sister who sentenced her to a life of slavery. Escape leads her to raraku, where her soul will be reborn and her future made clear. The now-outlawed Bridgeburners, Fiddler and the assassin Kalam, have vowed to return the once god-possessed Apsalar to her homeland, and to confront and kill the Empress Laseen, but events will overtake them too. Meanwhile, Coltaine, the charismatic commander of the Malaz 7th Army, will lead his battered, war-weary troops in a last, valient running battle to save the lives of thirty thousand refugees and, in so doing, secure an illustrious place in the Empire’s chequered history. And into this blighted land come two ancient wanderers, Mappo and his half-Jaghut companion Icarium, bearers of a devastating secret that threatens to break free of its chains…

Set in a brilliantly-realized world ravaged by anarchy and dark, uncontrollable magic, Deadhouse Gates is the thrilling, brutal second chapter in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. A powerful novel of war, intrigue and betrayal, it confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination and originality—a new master of epic fantasy.

 

If you’re looking for a low calorie dish of light fantasy, this ain’t it. If you’re looking for a nine-course riot of taste and texture, exotically spiced to make your eyes water, your heart pump faster and your brain do cartwheels inside your cranium, I know a great little Thai place. Or, if you want something analogous to that in your reading, stop at the ‘Es’ and pick up the latest from Steven Erikson…I can safely say that Deadhouse Gates is one of the best fantasy novels of 2000.

—NEIL WALSH, SF SITE

Erikson afflicts me with awe…his work does something that only the rarest of books can manage: it alters the reader’s perceptions of reality’

—STEPHEN R DONALDSON
 


Bantam/Transworld (UK)  •  London (2000)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04622-6

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2001)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-553-81311-0
 

 

Deadhouse Gates (2000)

Tor Books

Deadhouse Gates (2000)

Tor Books

In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends . . .

Set in a brilliantly realized world ravaged by dark, uncontrollable magic, this thrilling novel of war, intrigue and betrayal confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination and originality–the author who has written the first great fantasy epic of the new millennium.

 

One of the best fantasy novels of the year.

—SF SITE

Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world, with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Steven Erikson manages it spectacularly. The books are reminiscent of Tolkein’s scope, Zelazny’s cleverness and wit, and Donaldson’s brooding atmospherics; yet all combined with dazzling talent into a narrative flow that keeps the reader turning pages. Some writers open windows on worlds, Erikson opens worlds and makes them so real, so magical, you’re not sure if you can escape-and I don’t want to.

—MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE

Such is the impact of the first book in Erikson’s monumental Malazan saga, Gardens of the Moon, that the achievement of this sequel is doubly surprising. Not only is the vigour and sweep of the earlier book effortlessly captured, the complex plot is simultaneously deepened and accelerated, with a grasp of tempo that has the reader inexorably gripped . . . Roll on, book three!”

—THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE
 


Tor Books  •  New York (2005)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31002-3

Tor Books  •  New York (2005)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-31429-0

Tor Books  •  New York (2006)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-34879-9
 

 

Deadhouse Gates (2000)

Subterranean Press

Weakened by events in Darujhistan, the Malazan Empire teeters on the brink of anarchy. In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik gathers an army around her in preparation for the long-prophesied uprising named the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in its size and savagery, it will embroil in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known: a maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust that will shape destinies and give birth to legends…

In the Otataral mines, Felisin, youngest daughter of the disgraced House of Paran, dreams of revenge against the sister who sentenced her to a life of slavery. Escape leads her to raraku, where her soul will be reborn and her future made clear. The now-outlawed Bridgeburners, Fiddler and the assassin Kalam, have vowed to return the once god-possessed Apsalar to her homeland, and to confront and kill the Empress Laseen, but events will overtake them too. Meanwhile, Coltaine, the charismatic commander of the Malaz 7th Army, will lead his battered, war-weary troops in a last, valient running battle to save the lives of thirty thousand refugees and, in so doing, secure an illustrious place in the Empire’s chequered history. And into this blighted land come two ancient wanderers, Mappo and his half-Jaghut companion Icarium, bearers of a devastating secret that threatens to break free of its chains…

Set in a brilliantly-realized world ravaged by anarchy and dark, uncontrollable magic, Deadhouse Gates is the thrilling, brutal second chapter in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. A powerful novel of war, intrigue and betrayal, it confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination and originality—a new master of epic fantasy.
 


Subterranean Press  •  Burton, MI (2009)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN:

Memories of Ice (2001)

Memories of Ice (2001)

Bantam Press (UK)

Memories of Ice (2001)

Bantam Press (UK)

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a fanatical tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all who fail to heed the Word of its elusive prophet, the Pannion Seer. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Dujek Onearm’s Host and the Bridgeburners ­ each now outlawed by the Empress ­ alongside their enemies of old including the grim forces of Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, and his Tiste Andii, and the Rhivi people of the Plains.

But more ancient clans too are gathering. As if in answer to some primal summons, the massed ranks of the undead T’lan Imass have risen. For it would seem something altogether darker and more malign threatens the very substance of this world. The Warrens are poisoned and rumours abound of the Crippled God, now unchained and intent on a terrible revenge…

 

Homeric in scope and vision…Read and expect to be overpowered, not only by a story that never fails to thrill and entertain, but by a saga that lives up to its name, both intellectually and in its dramatic, visually rich and lavish storytelling

—SF SITE

Erikson afflicts me with awe…vast in scope, almost frighteningly fecund in imagination, and rich in sympathy, his work does something that only the rarest of books can manage: it alters the reader’s perceptions of reality

—STEPHEN R. DONALDSON

Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Steven Erikson manages it spectacularly

—MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE

 


Bantam (UK)  •  London (2001)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04624-2

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2002)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-553-81312-9
 

 

Memories of Ice (2001)

Tor Books

Memories of Ice (2001)

Tor Books

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm’s army and Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old–the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains.

But ancient undead clans are also gathering; the T’lan Imass have risen. For it would seem something altogether darker and more malign threatens this world. Rumors abound that the Crippled God is now unchained and intent on a terrible revenge.

 

Erikson ranks near the top of the epic fantasy pantheon.

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

Homeric in scope and vision…Read and expect to be overpowered, not only by a story that never fails to thrill and entertain, but by a saga that lives up to its name, both intellectually and in its dramatic, visually rich and lavish storytelling

—SF SITE
 


Tor Books  •  New York (2005)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31432-0

Tor Books  •  New York (2005)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-31003-1

Tor Books  •  New York (2006)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-34880-2

House of Chains (2002)

House of Chains (2002)

Bantam Press (UK)

House of Chains (2002)

Bantam Press (UK)

In Northern Genabackis, just before the events recounted in GARDENS OF THE MOON, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flat lands. Their intention is to wreak havoc among the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove an extraordinary destiny.

Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Coltaine, revered commander of the Malazan 7th Army is dead. And now Tavore, elder sister of Ganoes Paran and Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of the Seven Cities to take charge. Untested and new to command, she must hone a small army of twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits, into a viable fighting force and lead them into battle against the massed hordes of Sha’ik’s Whirlwind. Her only hope lies in resurrecting the shattered faith of the few remaining survivors from Coltaine’s legendary march, veterans one and all.

In distant Raraku, in the heart of the Holy Desert, the seer Sha’ik waits with her rebel army. But waiting is never easy. Her disparate collection of warlords—tribal chiefs, High Mages, a renegade Malazan Fist and his sorceror—is locked in a vicious power struggle that threatens to tear the rebellion apart from within. And Sha’ik herself suffers, haunted by the private knowledge of her nemesis, Tavore…her own sister.

 

Easily the best fantasy series to appear in the past decade.

—SF SITE

This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture.

—INTERZONE

Combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action.

—MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE

The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more.

—STEPHEN R. DONALDSON

 


Bantam (UK)  •  London (2002)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-593-04625-0

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2002)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04626-9

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2003)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-553-81313-7
 

 

House of Chains (2002)

Tor Books

House of Chains (2002)

Tor Books

In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.

Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Tavore, the Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of Seven Cities. New to command, she must hone twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits but for a handful of veterans of Coltaine’s legendary march, into a force capable of challenging the massed hordes of Sha’ik’s Whirlwind who lie in wait in the heart of the Holy Desert.

But waiting is never easy. The seer’s warlords are locked into a power struggle that threatens the very soul of the rebellion, while Sha’ik herself suffers, haunted by the knowledge of her nemesis: her own sister, Tavore.

 

Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.

—SF SITE

Unusual among fantasy writers, Erikson suceeds in making readers empathize equally with all sides involved in his world’s vast, century-spanning conflict.

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

A multilayered tale of magic and war, loyalty and betrayal. Complexly drawn characters occupy a richly detailed world in this panoramic saga.

—LIBRARY JOURNAL

This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture.

—INTERZONE
 


Tor Books  •  New York (2006)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31004-X

Tor Books  •  New York (2006)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-31574-2

Tor Books  •  New York (2007)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-34881-0

House of Chains (2002)

Bantam Press (UK)

House of Chains (2002)

Bantam Press (UK)

In Northern Genabackis, just before the events recounted in GARDENS OF THE MOON, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flat lands. Their intention is to wreak havoc among the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove an extraordinary destiny.

Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Coltaine, revered commander of the Malazan 7th Army is dead. And now Tavore, elder sister of Ganoes Paran and Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of the Seven Cities to take charge. Untested and new to command, she must hone a small army of twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits, into a viable fighting force and lead them into battle against the massed hordes of Sha’ik’s Whirlwind. Her only hope lies in resurrecting the shattered faith of the few remaining survivors from Coltaine’s legendary march, veterans one and all.

In distant Raraku, in the heart of the Holy Desert, the seer Sha’ik waits with her rebel army. But waiting is never easy. Her disparate collection of warlords—tribal chiefs, High Mages, a renegade Malazan Fist and his sorceror—is locked in a vicious power struggle that threatens to tear the rebellion apart from within. And Sha’ik herself suffers, haunted by the private knowledge of her nemesis, Tavore…her own sister.

 

Easily the best fantasy series to appear in the past decade.

—SF SITE

This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture.

—INTERZONE

Combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action.

—MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE

The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more.

—STEPHEN R. DONALDSON

 


Bantam (UK)  •  London (2002)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-593-04625-0

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2002)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04626-9

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2003)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-553-81313-7
 

 

House of Chains (2002)

Tor Books

House of Chains (2002)

Tor Books

In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.

Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Tavore, the Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of Seven Cities. New to command, she must hone twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits but for a handful of veterans of Coltaine’s legendary march, into a force capable of challenging the massed hordes of Sha’ik’s Whirlwind who lie in wait in the heart of the Holy Desert.

But waiting is never easy. The seer’s warlords are locked into a power struggle that threatens the very soul of the rebellion, while Sha’ik herself suffers, haunted by the knowledge of her nemesis: her own sister, Tavore.

 

Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.

—SF SITE

Unusual among fantasy writers, Erikson suceeds in making readers empathize equally with all sides involved in his world’s vast, century-spanning conflict.

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

A multilayered tale of magic and war, loyalty and betrayal. Complexly drawn characters occupy a richly detailed world in this panoramic saga.

—LIBRARY JOURNAL

This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture.

—INTERZONE
 


Tor Books  •  New York (2006)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31004-X

Tor Books  •  New York (2006)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-31574-2

Tor Books  •  New York (2007)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-34881-0

Midnight Tides (2004)

Midnight Tides (2004)

Bantam Press (UK)

Midnight Tides (2004)

Bantam Press (UK)

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.

 

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’.

—SF SITE

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

—SALON.COM

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.

—INTERZONE

 


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
 

 

Midnight Tides (2004)

Tor Books

Midnight Tides (2004)

Tor Books

After decades of internecine warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the Warlock King of the Hiroth, There is peace–but it 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, eager to fulfill its long-prophesized renaissance as an Empire reborn, has enslaved all its less-civilized neighbors with rapacious hunger. All, that is, save one–the Tiste Edur. And it must be only a matter of time before they too fall–either beneath the suffocating weight of gold, or by slaughter at the edge of a sword. Or so destiny has decreed.

Yet as the two sides gather for a pivotal treaty neither truly wants, ancient forces are awakening. For the impending struggle between these two peoples is but a pale reflection of a far more profound, primal battle–a confrontation with the still-raw wound of an old betrayal and the craving for revenge at its seething heart.

 

The series has clearly established itself as the most significant work of epic fantasy since Stephen R. Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

—SF SITE

Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.

—SALON.COM
 


Tor Books  •  New York (2007)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31005-8

Tor Books  •  New York (2007)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-31651-X

Tor Books  •  New York (2007)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-34882-9

The Bonehunters (2006)

The Bonehunters (2006)

Bantam Press (UK)

The Bonehunters (2006)

Bantam Press (UK)

The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion Dassem Ultor was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death. But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves. The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon, a schism threatens and sides must be chosen. Whatever each god decides, the ground-rules have changed, irrevocably, terrifyingly and the first blood spilled will be in the mortal world. A world in which a host of characters, familiar and new, including Heboric Ghost Hands, the possessed Apsalar, Cutter, once a thief now a killer, the warrior Karsa Orlong and the two ancient wanderers Icarium and Mappo, each searching for such a fate as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will. If only the gods would leave them alone. But now that knives have been unsheathed, the gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens.And the prize? Nothing less than existence itself…

 

This series has clearly established itself as the most significant work of epic fantasy since Stephen R. Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

—SF SITE

This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture.

—INTERZONE

Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark…Erikson brings a punchy, mesmerizing writing style into the genre of epic fantasy, making an indelible impression. Utterly engrossing.

—ELIZABETH HAYDON

Extraordinarily enjoyable…Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.

—SALON.COM

I stand slack jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high watermark of epic fantasy.

—GLEN COOK, author of The Black Company series

 


Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2006)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-593-04629-3

Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2006)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04630-7

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2007)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-553-81315-3
 

 

The Bonehunters (2006)

Tor Books

The Bonehunters (2006)

Tor Books

The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion Dassem Ultor was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death.

But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves.
The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon, a schism threatens and sides must be chosen. Whatever each god decides, the ground-rules have changed, irrevocably, terrifyingly and the first blood spilled will be in the mortal world.

A world in which a host of characters, familiar and new, including Heboric Ghost Hands, the possessed Apsalar, Cutter, once a thief now a killer, the warrior Karsa Orlong and the two ancient wanderers Icarium and Mappo–each searching for such a fate as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will. If only the gods would leave them alone. But now that knives have been unsheathed, the gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens. And, the prize? Nothing less than existence itself…

 

Truly epic in scope, Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.

—SF SITE

Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Steven Erikson manages it spectacularly.
MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE

Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.

—SALON.COM

 


Tor Books  •  New York (2007)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31006-6

Tor Books  •  New York (2007)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-31652-8

Tor Books  •  New York (2008)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-34883-7

Reaper’s Gale (2007)

Reaper's Gale (2007)

Bantam Press (UK)

The Letherii Empire is in turmoil. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, while the Errant, once a farseeing god, appears suddenly blind to the future. Driven by the corruption and self-interest, the empire edges ever-closer to all-out war with its neighbouring kingdoms. And the great Edur fleet draws ominously ever closer. With Karsa Orlong and Icarium Lifestealer among its warriors, that blood will be spilled is certain.

But a band of fugitives look to escape from Lether. One of them, Fear Sengar, seeks the soul of Scabandari Bloodeye, for he hopes that with its help, they might halt the Tiste Edur and so save the emperor, his brother. But another is Scabandari’s old enemy: Silchas Ruin, brother of Anomander Rake. He carries scars inflicted by Scabandari, and such bloodshed cannot go unanswered. There is to be a reckoning and it will be on an unimaginable scale…

 

This series has clearly established itself as the most significant work of epic fantasy since Stephen R. Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

—SF SITE

This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture.

—INTERZONE

Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark…Erikson brings a punchy, mesmerizing writing style into the genre of epic fantasy, making an indelible impression. Utterly engrossing.

—ELIZABETH HAYDON

Extraordinarily enjoyable…Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.

—SALON.COM

I stand slack jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high watermark of epic fantasy.

—GLEN COOK, author of The Black Company series

 


Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2007)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-593-04631-5

Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2007)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04632-3

Bantam (UK)  •  London (2008)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-553-81316-1
 

 

Reaper's Gale (2007)

Tor Books

All is not well in the Letherii Empire. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, surrounded by sycophants and agents of his Machiavellian chancellor. Meanwhile, the Letherii secret police conduct a campaign of terror against their own people. The Errant, once a farseeing god, is suddenly blind to the future. Conspiracies seethe throughout the palace, as the empire—driven by the corrupt and self-interested—edges ever-closer to all-out war with the neighboring kingdoms.

The great Edur fleet–its warriors selected from countless numbers of people–draws closer. Amongst the warriors are Karsa Orlong and Icarium Lifestealer–each destined to cross blades with the emperor himself. That yet more blood is to be spilled is inevitable… Against this backdrop, a band of fugitives seek a way out of the empire, but one of them, Fear Sengar, must find the soul of Scabandari Bloodeye. It is his hope that the soul might help halt the Tiste Edur, and so save his brother, the emperor. Yet, traveling with them is Scabandari’s most ancient foe: Silchas Ruin, brother of Anomander Rake. And his motives are anything but certain—for the wounds he carries on his back, made by the blades of Scabandari, are still fresh.

Fate decrees that there is to be a reckoning, for such bloodshed cannot go unanswered–and it will be a reckoning on an unimaginable scale. This is a brutal, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and dark, uncontrollable magic; this is epic fantasy at its most imaginative, storytelling at its most thrilling.

 

Truly epic in scope, Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.

—SF SITE

Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Steven Erikson manages it spectacularly.

—MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE

Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.

—SALON.COM

 


Tor Books  •  New York (2008)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31007-4

Tor Books  •  New York (2008)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-31653-6

Tor Books  •  New York (2009)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-34884-5

Toll the Hounds (2008)

Toll the Hounds (2008)

Bantam Press (UK)

It is said that Hood waits at the end of every plot, every scheme, each grandiose ambition. But this time it is different: this time the Lord of Death is there at the beginning…

Darujhistan swelters in the summer heat and seethes with portents, rumours and whispers. Strangers have arrived, a murderer is abroad, past-tyrannies are stirring and assassins seem to be targeting the owners of K’rul’s Bar. For the rotund, waistcoat-clad man knows such events will be dwarfed by what is about to happen: for in the distance can be heard the baying of hounds.

Far away, in Black Coral, the ruling Tiste Andii appear oblivious to the threat posed by the fast-growing cult of the Redeemer—an honourable, one-mortal man who seems powerless against the twisted vision of his followers.

So Hood waits at the beginning of a conspiracy that will shake the cosmos, but at its end there is another: Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, has come to right an ancient and terrible wrong…

 


Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2008)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-593-04637-4

Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2008)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-593-04638-2
 

 

Toll the Hounds (2008)

Tor Books

In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the faded red waistcoat, discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the quarry has turned and the hunters become the hunted.

Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus. While the bards sing their tragic tales, somewhere in the distance can be heard the baying of Hounds…And in the distant city of Black Coral, where rules Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, ancient crimes awaken, intent on revenge. It seems Love and Death are indeed about to arrive…hand in hand, dancing.

A thrilling, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and dark, uncontrollable magic, Toll the Hounds is the new chapter in Erikson’s monumental series—epic fantasy at its most imaginative and storytelling at its most exciting.

 

Truly epic in scope, Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.

—SF SITE

Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.

—SALON.COM

 


Tor Books  •  New York (2008)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 0-765-31008-2

Tor Books  •  New York (2008)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 0-765-31654-4