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by Ian C. Esslemont

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  • ISBN 0765329972
  • ISBN13 978-0765329974
  • Language English
  • Author Ian C. Esslemont
  • Publisher Tor Books; 1 edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Pages 592
  • Formats doc lrf lit mbr
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Action and Adventure
  • Size ePub 1836 kb
  • Size Fb2 1787 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 590

In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.

Saeng grew up knowing only the rule of the magus Thaumaturgs―but it was the voices out of that land's forgotten past that she listened to. And when her rulers mount an invasion of the neighboring jungle, those voices send her and her brother on a desperate mission.

To the south, the desert tribes are united by the arrival of a foreign warleader, a veteran commander in battered ashen mail whom his men call the Grey Ghost. This warleader takes the tribes on a raid like none other, deep into the heart of Thaumaturg lands. Meanwhile word comes to K'azz, and mercenary company the Crimson Guard, of a contract in Jacuruku. And their employer...none other than Ardata herself.

Ian Esslemont thrills again with another gripping entry into the New York Times bestselling Malazan World in Blood and Bone.


The fifth novel, Blood and Bone, is set after . Esslemont's trilogy of prequel novels explore the beginnings of the Malazan Empire starting with Dancer's Lament and continuing through Deadhouse Landing and Kellanved's Reach.

The fifth novel, Blood and Bone, is set after Stonewielder and roughly simultaneously with the events of Orb Sceptre Throne and The Crippled God. It is set mainly on the continent of Jacuruku. It has been announced that Esslemont will continue writing prequel novels, but whether as an expansion to this series or as a new trilogy is unknown at this time.

THE MALAZAN EMPIRE SERIES Ian C. Esslemont A TOM DOHERTY ASSOCIATES BOOK NEW YORK . The spirit of that has infused every one of my novels set in the Malazan world. And it infuses Ian Esslemont’s writing in the same imaginary world.

The spirit of that has infused every one of my novels set in the Malazan world. That being said, the novel in your hands possesses its own style, its own voice. The entire story takes place in the span of a single day and night, and it is exquisite.

Blood and Bone is the penultimate book of Ian Cameron Esselmont’s main Malazan Empire series (I say main  . Jungles are not done very often so far as I can think off in fantasy, so it was a true pleasure to get a fresh sort of setting.

Blood and Bone is the penultimate book of Ian Cameron Esselmont’s main Malazan Empire series (I say main because he has just begun a prequel trilogy) and while it has its issues, it easily ranks in my top three of the main series’ six titles thanks to a few well-drawn characters and, especially, thanks to its relatively unique setting. That setting is the jungles of Jacuruku, one of the as-yet unexplored continents of the Malazan universe.

Ian Esslemont thrills again with another gripping entry into the New York Times bestselling Malazan World in Blood and Bone. In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation

Ian Esslemont thrills again with another gripping entry into the New York Times bestselling Malazan World in Blood and Bone. In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire

Ian Esslemont thrills again with another gripping entry into the New York Times bestselling Malazan World in Blood and Bone. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire. For there is a new Emperor on the throne of Malaz, and he is dwelling on the ignominy that is the Empire's failed invasion of the Korel subcontinent.

Blood and Bone is the penultimate book of Ian Cameron Esselmont’s main Malazan Empire series (I say . The last half of the book is a page-turner.

Books : BLOOD & BONE. The fifth epic fantasy novel from the co-creator - with Steven Erikson - of this brilliantly imagined world of the Malazan Empire. In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation

Books : BLOOD & BONE. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit-realm and half of the earth

A Tom Doherty Associates Book. This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and. events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author's. imagination or are used fictitiously. Return of the crimson guard

A Tom Doherty Associates Book. Return of the crimson guard.

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Moogura
Blood and Bone is the penultimate book of Ian Cameron Esselmont’s main Malazan Empire series (I say “main” because he has just begun a prequel trilogy) and while it has its issues, it easily ranks in my top three of the main series’ six titles thanks to a few well-drawn characters and, especially, thanks to its relatively unique setting.

That setting is the jungles of Jacuruku, one of the as-yet unexplored continents of the Malazan universe. The continent is mostly split in half, with one side under the dominion of a group of sorcerers known as Thaumaturgs and the other half, referred to as “Himatan,” is ruled by the powerful and mysterious Ardata, worshipped by some as a goddess and by others as the Queen of Witches. As has periodically happened, seeking to expand their control of the continent, the Thaumaturgs have launched an invasion of Himatan. The “Army of Righteous Chastisement” is led by Commander Golan, and has in it as well a young mage named Pon-Lor and a deliciously wry scribe named, aptly, Thorn. The Thaumaturgs themselves, however, are under attack, for a foreigner known only as Warleader has united the southern tribes and now leads them in an invasion of the Thaumaturgs capital. Leading two of the largest and most important tribes are the poet-prince Jatal and the princess Andanii.

Meanwhile, as armies tramp around the continent, several smaller groups pursue their own agendas in the area, most of them centered on a piece of the Crippled God buried in the Dolmens of Jacuruku. These groups include:
• The ascendant Spite, who leads a group of Malazan soldiers, which includes the mages Murk and Sour, in search of the shard
• Skinner, who leads a group of Dis-Avowed Crimson Guard on a mission for the Crippled God to retrieve the shard
• K’azz, who leads a group of Avowed, including the mage Shimmer, to deal with Skinner at the request/demand of Ardata
• Saeng and her brother Hanu, a pair of natives who seek the long-lost Temple of Light in order to prevent the repetition of a great cataclysm

More disconnected in terms of geography is a recurring conversation via brief scenes between Gothos and Osserc, though as with the others, eventually this plot line will eventually converge with the others.

My favorite aspect of this novel was the setting. Jungles are not done very often so far as I can think off in fantasy, so it was a true pleasure to get a fresh sort of setting. And Esslemont does a great job of conveying the jungle through multiple senses — its look, its smells, the strange noises, the way it constantly hems you in, the fecund life, the rot and decay, and also the way the jungle wears on the minds and bodies of those who are either opposed to it or don’t understand it. Or even try to. One such example of this is the contrast between Murk and Sour — Sour, who decides to learn from the jungle’s inhabitants (not just the humanoid ones either) and adapt to his environment, and Murk, who disdains the way Sour has “gone native” and prefers to stick to his same old ways, despite the misery such stubbornness inflicts. And even starker examples is the Thaumaturg’s attitude toward it, which is that all this land is being “wasted” or “under-utilized” — oh, the things they could do with it that these stupid little natives aren’t!

And there you see another strong aspect of the novel — the analogue to colonialism/imperialism. If this book has any literary debt, it’s to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and I appreciated that work’s many echoes throughout Blood and Bone.

With so many plot strands, it’s probably no surprise that some fare better than others. My personal favorite is probably the one following Murk and Sour’s group, mostly because of the great way in which Esslemont writes the Malazan “grunt” characters — those in the field — and for the duo of Murk and Sour themselves, which is funny, emotional, realistic, and layered.

Depth of characterization is the reason I also enjoyed the Crimson Guard scenes, thanks to the character of Shimmer, who is sharply drawn throughout. Theirs is the story that most directly parallels Conrad in terms of plot, as much of their time is spent on a ship traveling on a river through the jungle. My one complain about the this plot is the way it drags out the mystery of the Vow taken by the Crimson Guard, a riddle that has now carried through several books and which is, in my mind, starting to overstay its welcome as a plot point, especially as we’ve had so many strong hints to at least a general answer.

The two Thaumaturg plots are also enjoyable. The one focusing on the army for yet another classic Malazan duo — in this case Commander Golan and his Scribe Thorn. The dry wordplay between these two is so dry it threatens to such the moisture out of the room you’re reading in. Meanwhile, another plot line involving a Thaumaturg named Pon-Lor who goes off on a side mission casts a somewhat different light upon the Thaumaturgs thanks to Pon-Lor’s youth and somewhat open-mindedness.

The invasion of the Thaumaturgs is OK, but for me was somewhat marred by a few aspects. One is less a problem in the writing than with me probably — and that is that Warleader’s identity is so clear to the reader so early but far less so to the characters, which means we spend a lot of time just waiting for someone, anyone, in the book to figure it out. The other issue is more problematic, and that is that Jatal’s character, which starts out quite engaging and strong, starts to wear more and more as the novel continues, though I won’t say why so as to avoid spoilers.

Osserc and Gothos’ conversation (if one can call it that) runs the same risk, and in fact does feel pretty overly-strung out over the course of the book, but the scenes are very brief with lots of space in between, so it’s less of an issue.

In general, the plots are a bit random encounter-y, but in my mind that’s at least partly, if not wholly, intended, since here the setting and the journey (and the effects of each) is really the story less than a tightly constructed action plot. On the other hand, sometimes the encounters are a bit too random and contrived, some plots peter out a bit, and, as can be an issue with Esslemont, sometimes things are a little too unnecessarily fuzzy as to just what is happening and/or why.

There’s no doubt, therefore, that Blood and Bone has its flaws, some of which we’ve seen before — some pacing and balance issues, etc. But as I mentioned at the start, its strengths outweigh its weaknesses, making it one of Esslemont’s best efforts in the series, with some of its most enjoyable aspects (the jungle setting, the relationship between Murk and Sour, Golan and Thorn) rivaling anything in prior books. Recommended.
Silly Dog
I'd call it 2.5 stars. The first half of the book was 2 stars, while the back half was decidedly better at 3 stars. To be fair I began reading Blood and Bone while also reading another book (Malus Domestica) which I rarely do, and which I enjoyed more. So the first half of this book was weighed down by the fact that I set it down for a bit to focus on Malus, and thus was not able to fully invest myself in the story until the back half. Having said that however, I'm not going to place all the blame on myself here.

I've touched on this before with ICE's Malazan Empire series, but I suppose it bears repeating. I believe that ICE would benefit greatly from cutting down the amount of POV characters in his work, and thus cutting down the length of his work. This is something that I feel Blood and Bone would especially benefit from. There are simply too many characters, viewpoint characters no less, who I don't care about. With a good handful of his POVs I'm just left thinking, why do I care? What does this person have to add to the story? And yes, by the very end sometimes these characters do contribute in some way. But not enough to warrant their own viewpoint and their own hundred pages of story. I'm constantly left making the comparison to Erikson's series (of course), but I will do so again. One of the things that made the Book of the Fallen stand out were these larger than life characters. Yes, there were many, many viewpoints in that series; but Erikson had a knack for making you care about characters very quickly, and more importantly you always returned to one of your favorites before too long. Someone you loved to read about. With ICE I'm sometimes left wondering just who I should care about.

Okay, critique aside, I liked the book. And I don't want it to seem like I didn't like any of the characters. Murk and Sour were standouts for me; I'm just a sucker for that Malazan banter. I enjoyed the Crimson Guard plot as well, though I thought it should have been more of a focus. And as I mentioned the back half of the book was well done, and converged properly. It was also nice to see old Book of the Fallen heads like Osserc, Gothos, Spite, and.. well, one more. I won't reveal him here because it was fun to realize it was him.

Now, I've got just one ICE book left, and it is without a doubt the one I've been looking forward to most. The mystery surrounding the island of Assail has been tantalizingly growing since early in the Book of the Fallen. I'm excited to finally see what's what.
Gavirus
Esslmont delivers his best book yet. The Malazan story is long with complicated plot and many characters. This one is cogent. It takes about 30% of the book to get that way but when it does, the action and characters of this installment make for a fun read. The setting is the big island of Jacaruku and a place only previously mentioned in other installments.

The Malazan epic has been consistent in delivering complexity to wade through. Blood and Bone turned out to be more than expected and steps up to higher plane. Blood and Bone captures a more cohesive and interesting installment in an unexpected place. The last half of the book is a page-turner. For the Malazan series reader, several important hints and insights emerge to place the context and reconsider the massive overall story.