The seventh awesome chapter in the most ambitious and acclaimed fantasy series of recent years - the Malazan Book of the Fallen.
Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and introduced fantasy readers to his epic 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence, which has been hailed 'a masterwork of the imagination'. This River Awakens was hist first novel, and originally published under the name Steve Lundin. Having lived in Cornwall for a number of years, Steve will be returning to Canada in late summer 2012. To find out more, visit www.malazanempire.com and www.stevenerikson.com
In this bloody and dour seventh entry in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series (after 2006's The Bonehunters), the Letherii empire is under siege from within and without. The Tiste Edur uneasily rule the Empire of Lether, against the will of the Letherii people. Several factions in Lether seek to overthrow Rhulad, the emperor of a Thousand Deaths, who "is quite probably insane" and sinks further into madness every time he dies in combat and his sword resurrects him. Two forces also threaten Lether from the outside: the tribal Awl, led by the brutal warrior Redmask, force a confrontation, while a flotilla from the Malazan Empire sails toward the Letherii capital. The plethora of characters, attacks and counterattacks, hidden schemes and battling gods will mostly appeal to serious fans of brutal and complex epics, at least those who have fortified themselves by reading the earlier books. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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 *
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 *
This masterwork of imagination may be the high watermark of epic fantasy -- GLEN COOK, author of The Black Company series
Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark...Erikson brings a punchy, mesmerizing writing style into the genre of epic fantasy -- ELIZABETH HAYDON