Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson
(Kharkanas Trilogy)

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Now is the time to tell the story of an ancient realm, a tragic tale that sets the stage for all the tales yet to come and all those already told...

It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power. and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm, and as the rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold...

Steven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut Gardens of the Moon. Now he returns with the first novel in a trilogy that takes place millennia before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen and introduces readers to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness. It is the epic story of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire.


About Steven Erikson

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Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. His New York Times bestselling series, 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen, has been hailed as a masterpiece of epic fantasy. He lives in Cornwall. To find out more, visit and
Published September 18, 2012 by Tor Books. 687 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Erikson should be considered a genre master unto himself, because nobody else is quite like him.

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But any fan of epic fantasy will be swept away in Erikson’s vivid prose, intense action, grim tragedy, dry humor, and detailed, unrestrained, organic character- and world-building.

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Since this is the beginning of a new series prior to the Malazan books, this represents a splendid entry point for new readers - by definition, it is not necessary to know about what has previously been written because those events have not yet taken place.

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