I began my true foray into reading with fantasy as I became enchanted with magical worlds filled with wizardry, warriors and creatures all living according to rules dreamed up by the authors. Each new series or books were and are a revelation of just how limitless the human imagination is.
The fantasy world of Malaz co-created by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont stands out as the most imaginative. In Dancer’s Lament by Ian C. Esslemont we return to the story that began it all.
This world began with Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon, Book 1 for the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Steven Erikson is both an anthropologist and an archaeologist. I have often suggested that this is what gives his books and the world he co-created such depth.
Ian C. Esslemont’s first published work is A Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malaz Empire which was very well received by the nervous yet hopeful fanbase of Steven Erikson. It seems that the characters and the world which the authors share have found two voices that at times can be hard to distinguish.
Do not pick up these books if you are looking for a quick read requiring little thought or comprehension. The Malaz empire is not the land for you. But if you are looking for a series that makes full use of the English language (at times almost poetic) and plots that seem to defy reason then this is the series for you.
I will be writing more Book Recommendations for both authors at a later date I am sure as they both hold a space in my top 5 list.
I cannot wait to begin this book!