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Fall of Light: Book Two of the Kharkanas Trilogy Hardcover – April 26, 2016
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“Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.” ―Salon
“Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.” ―SF Site
“Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin…Utterly engrossing.” ―Elizabeth Haydon
“This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy.” ―Glen Cook
About the Author
Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist. His New York Times bestselling Malazan Book of the Fallen has met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. After completing this now internationally bestselling series, he continued with Forge of Darkness, the first volume in a new epic fantasy trilogy which takes readers back to the origins of the Malazan world. He lives in Canada.
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This installment is more philosophically interesting. Base civilization and humanity is explored through the characters. It's a masterpiece.
This installment includes 4 'books'. The first is confusing and unresolvable. Readers might stall here, but persevere. 'Books' 2-4 progressively resolve into clarity and deeper mystery.
The Malazan story is one of the most intricately woven fantasies ever written. Epic in the order of Tolkien's universe of stories, and as incomplete as GOT's GRRM or Dune's Herbert.
We can only hope the fantastic tale get's closure.
Update 3/19: I finished the book last night and found the ending a little disappointing - readers who expect a great final battle scene will be disappointed. Imagine a bunch of characters talking about the final confrontation without really being there or showing up after it's over. Have to deduct one star. Still a good book but not his best.
This book delivered as expected and I am amazed that the author still has it in him to produce works of this caliber after writing a truly 'epic' 10 book series. Since that series and the 'Forge of Darkness', I have devoured all kinds of fantasy and science fiction books. Some felt possibly even better (Mark Lawrence, embers of Illeniel series etc). But there is truly no comparison. Steven Erikson's books are not just about fighting and violence and plot and magic. Certainly no one does any of these better than him (in my opinion) but all the 'philosophy' sets his books apart. I am not interested in reading philosophy but books like this that include introspection on human nature, emotions etc while telling a mesmerizing story are truly rewarding to read.
This is how 'dark' 'gritty' fantasy is written.
More to the point, it looks like many of the unanswered questions from the Malazan series are being answered in this series. Forge of Darkness turned expectations/theories on their heads, and this book continues the theme without making it all implausible. The pace is slow but I wanted this book to last as long as it could, so no complaints there personally. There is no 'convergence' towards the end unlike in the Malazan books but I am pretty sure it will occur in the next book. The war on death was handled well and I think he successfully split this storyline between this book and the next without losing any coherence.
"Gods help a kingdom ruled by a poet!
What? No, I do not know King Tehol the Only.."
Here's one of many:
"This then, is friendship. A family you choose. What you give to it, you give freely. What you withhold from it, measures its depth."
This is just an example of Erikson's amazing ability to capture ideas in beautiful prose. It strengthens and surrounds his characters and settings in this book more than any other he has written.
To put this in context, I am going through the Malazan series for the third time, but Forge of Darkness and Fall of Light are my favorite Erikson books.