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Forge of the High Mage

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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’.

The entire novel is a series of short scenes, swapping back and forth between around a dozen characters. 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. However, by Esslemont taking them away from the absolute forefront of this narrative, he is adding to their infamy and legend, when other perspectives are deciphering the rumours or contemplating the reputation of the pair. 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.

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. On the flip side, Mael himself is an active character in this book, he’s there to influence and sanction the proper use of power drawn from him (and not by the oily, slimy bastard Rel).

It shows him coming into his power as he pushes himself beyond what he thought was his limits, only to discover an almost limitless supply of power on the other side of his mental barricades.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. The storyline was good and has advanced the Malazan Empire as well as individuals such as mainly Tayschren (and of course MR). 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. In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon.

It just seemed like it didn't fit as I've never seen the word used (before or after, timeline wise) in Malazan world. Some observers noted that cover artist Steve Stone's work appeared at least partially as if created by an AI art-generator. Good characterisation, good pacing and a rip roaring tale that adds to the beauty/context of the Malazan world. Whereas Dancer’s Lament only featured three point-of-view perspectives, Forge of the High Mage has approximately a dozen. One such occasion, unfortunately, left me feeling frustrated as it was a blink-and-you-will-miss-it, over-in-a-page encounter.Into this foray with the Malazan military and navy, Emperor Kellanved has his sights set on the islands of Falar to expand the Malazan Empire. Well paced, more lore for the foundation of the Malazan Empire and the future conflicts its drawn into. The book's title is perfect in describing his character arc: which includes his doubts and concerns, trying to understand his place within the military, his working relationship with Nightchill and Dujek Onearm, as well as his magical potential, leading to mastery.

Never the less, it is still a very enjoyable book, and a fun look back at some of the series' best characters. There are some very good action sequences and some interesting events, I especially liked all the lore regarding the priesthood of Mael. Additionally make sure your User-Agent is not empty and is something unique and descriptive and try again. By the time of a March 2022 interview, the writing was completed and the manuscript was in the hands of his editors. 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.Forge of the High Mage is the fourth book in the Path to Ascendency that deals with the formation of the Malazan Empire. An excellent entry in the Malazan universe, with all the complexity/multi-PoV, large-scale plotlines and epic moments of any Erikson book. Either way the threads between the two are beginning to tie together in a way that only Malazan books do.

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