- Series: Path to Ascendancy (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (May 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765379449
- ISBN-13: 978-0765379443
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 143 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dancer's Lament: Path to Ascendancy Book 1 Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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About the Author
IAN C. ESSLEMONT grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has studied archaeology and creative writing, has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. His books include Orb Sceptre Throne, Blood and Bone, Assail, and others. He now lives in Alaska with his wife and children and is currently working on another novel set in the world of Malaz, a world he co-created with Steven Erikson.
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Can't wait for the next installment!
In this very book, I feal that the greatest leap comes in regard to character personalities, which previously has been one of Esslemonts weaknesses. Most - or date I say all? - charactes in this book feel alive, and enjoy getting to know them. Quicks and oddities and all. Quirks and oddities, most of all.
Still, there are a few things which Esslemont could improve on. One is his occational inability to motivate why certain characters do as they do. I suspect this is due to his will to force characters into certain situations or encounters, which in themself are thrilling, but which feel somewhat out of place when the characters end up there for no seaming reason.
That being said this is solid good read, which makes me long for the sequal.