By Ian C. Esslemont
This followup to Ian C. Esselmont's Blood and Bone is certain to please Malazan fans.
Tens of hundreds of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, lengthy a byword for threat and inaccessibility, is eventually yielding its secrets and techniques. stories of gold stumbled on within the region's north move in each waterfront dive and sailor's tavern and now numerous adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail looking for riches. these kinds of adveturers need to advisor them are legends and garbled stories of the hazards that lie in wait — opposed coasts, fields of ice, impassable obstacles and unusual, terrifying creatures. yet all money owed concur that the folk of the north meet all trespassers with the sword. And past are rumoured to lurk Elder monsters out of history's very beginnings. Into this turmoil ventures the mercenary corporation, the red safeguard. now not drawn by means of agreement, yet through the promise of solutions: solutions to mysteries that Shimmer, moment in command, wonders should still also be sought. Arriving additionally, a part of an uneasy alliance of Malazan fortune-hunters and Letherii soldiery, comes the bard Fisher kel Tath. And with him is a Tiste Andii who used to be came upon washed ashore and who can't take into accout his earlier existence, but who instructions way more energy than he rather should still. additionally venturing north is related to be a amazing champion, a guy who as soon as fought for the Malazans, the bearer of a sword that slays gods: Whiteblade.
And finally, a ways to the south, a girl guards the shore looking forward to either her allies and her enemies. Silverfox, newly incarnated Summoner of the timeless military of the T'lan Imass, will do something to prevent the renewal of an ages-old campaign which could lay waste to the full continent and beyond.
Casting mild on mysteries spanning the Malazan empire, and delivering a glimpse of the storied and epic heritage that formed it, "Assail" is the ultimate bankruptcy within the epic tale of the Empire of Malaz.
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Yes,” he finally blurted out. “Yes, I . . ” Loghain snorted derisively and turned to Gareth. “Father, we’ll find out if we’re in trouble soon enough. We don’t need him here to make it worse. ” Several of the nearby men nodded, their eyes shining dangerously. Gareth, however, frowned at Loghain. “No. ” Father and son locked glares. The crowd was dead silent, not eager to get involved in what was evidently an old argument. Maric kept quiet. He wasn’t an idiot. ” Loghain finally relented, rolling his eyes.
He recognized the signs, even if his sympathy was minimal. This offer was all the blond man was going to get, after all. Dannon snorted. “Maker’s breath, man! Will you look at yourself? ” Loghain eyed the big man dubiously. ” “Bah! You’re the one who dragged him along. ” He turned on his heel and stomped off. ” The young man stared at the ground, uncomfortable and shamefaced. “I . . ” To steal was what he’d really meant. But it was hard to be offended when he and Dannon were indeed thieves, after all.
Surely his mother was about to sweep into his room, reprimanding him for sleeping so late. But even as he felt a wave of palpable relief, he knew it wasn’t true. The blanket covering him was threadbare and moldy-smelling, the room around him tiny and unfamiliar. Cuts and bruises suffered the previous night were announcing their presence. Slowly he began to remember everything. Several times during the trek, the one called Loghain had become certain they were being followed. It vexed the big fellow, Dannon, when Loghain insisted on taking lengthy detours off their route.