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Dancer's Lament (2016)
Path to Ascendancy 1

It was once a land ravaged by war—minor city states, baronies and principalities fighting for supremacy. But then the rival cities of Tali and Quon formed an alliance and so Quon Tali came into being and with it came a peace of sorts.

That was, however, long ago and the regional powers are once more at each other's throats.

At Quon Tali's heart sits Li Heng—a city state that has for centuries enjoyed relative stability under the iron rule of the sorceress they call the 'Protectress'. She and her cabal of five mage servants held back the Quon Tali Iron Legions but now her domain is under threat as never before . . .

 

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Dancer's Lament (2016)
Tor Books

 

Night of Knives (2005)
Malazan Empire 1

The small island of Malaz and its city gave the great empire its name, but now it is little more than a sleepy, backwater port. Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger's stare.

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Night of Knives (2005)
Tor Books

 

Return of the Crimson Guard (2008)
Malazan Empire 2

The return of the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard, could not have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries. Indeed, there are those who wonder whether the Empress Laseen might not be losing her grip on power as she faces increasing unrest…

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Return of the Crimson Guard (2008)
Bantam Press

 

Stonewielder (2010)
Malazan Empire 3

Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear...

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Stonewielder (2010)
Tor Books

 

Orb Sceptre Throne (2012)
Malazan Empire 4

Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault.

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Orb Sceptre Throne (2012)
Bantam Press

 

Blood and Bone (2012)
Malazan Empire 5

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 another expedition in a bid to tame the neighbouring 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.

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Blood and Bone (2012)
Tor Books

 

Assail (2014)
Malazan Empire 6

Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern and now adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches.

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Assail (2014)
Bantam Press

 

Non-Fiction
Taking A Stab At Writing Sword And Sorcery
Writing Fantasy Heroes: Powerful Advice from the Pros (2013)

Fantasy heroes endure. They are embedded in our cultural fabric, dwarfing other literary figures and the mere men and women of history. They dominate our legends, and tower over popular culture. The stories we tell each other begin and end with fantasy heroes, and the 21st Century is as thoroughly captivated with them as ever. But what makes a fantasy hero? How do the best writers create them, and bring them to life on the page? Writing Fantasy Heroes: Powerful Advice from the Pros (2013)

 

Violence in Epics Ancient and Fantastic: A Primer
The New York Review of Science Fiction, February 2015

Ian Esslemont's essay in this issue of the magazine examines the place and role of violence in the epic form, both ancient and contemporary.

The New York Review of Science Fiction, February 2015

 

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