Forge of the High Mage

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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. We span large amounts of time in short summary paragraphs and skip over entire battle or momentous events without really any personal investment. Despite these complaints, the book itself is perhaps my favorite of any Esslemont has ever written and has made up for a lot of the issues I had with Kellanved's Reach, despite it carrying a few of it's flaws over. Only snafu was the absolute sudden unexplained and glaring omission of a character on page 111 who should have had an explanation for his unresolved absence.

A great character gets a cameo and the guy we thought it would be about (fuck you Mallick) gets some page time, perhaps not in the way you would think, but he is certainly true to form. Forge of the High Mage is a book that I have been eagerly awaiting since I finished my early review copy of Kellanved’s Reach in January 2019. A somewhat rag-tag army, joined by a similarly motley fleet under the command of the Emperor himself. I found that these were handled brilliantly, with a few special easter eggs for Malazan fans who read closely.This is the first book in the UK published series to bear the slightly renamed series title Paths to Ascendancy. It is still very enjoyable, especially because we have all of the old guard (Kellanved, Dancer, Dassem, Tayschrenn etc) and we get to see them in action.

Some observers noted that cover artist Steve Stone's work appeared at least partially as if created by an AI art-generator. This book, and the ones that follow, look at "different paths and different characters' routes and story arcs". Esslemont continues his early empire Path to Ascendancy sequence impressively with the fourth instalment, Forge of the High Mage. ICE, earlier in his Malazan days, suffered the curse of being continually compared to the incomparable, Erikson. This series is a prequel to the events of Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen and Esslemont's own Novels of the Malazan Empire, with this entry seeing Kellanved (The Emperor), Dancer (Master Assassin), Dassem Ultor (The Sword), Tayschrenn (High Mage) and their armies advancing into Falar.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.

Whereas Dancer's Lament only featured three point-of-view perspectives, Forge of the High Mage has approximately a dozen. This must be an interesting consideration for an author when creating drama for particular scenes in prequels to a popular series. Most people have stopped that (not all, for some reason) and now you can enjoy his books and let them shine for what they are.

In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon. Awaiting them in or approaching their destination are a powerful religious faction that worships the elder god, Mael, the tribes of the Jhek that includes soletaken wolf and bear warriors, formidable Crimson Guard mercenaries, and something mysterious and ancient that, if left unchecked, could cause devastating damage to the surrounding environment and those within the vicinity. I don't feel like I got any Aha moments or received any depth or insight you would expect from a prequel book.

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