Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian Esslemont

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...Esslemont is a worthy author who has added shape and depth to the Malazan world with this wonderful, rich installment.
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The epic new chapter in the history of Malaz—the new epic fantasy from Steven Erikson's friend and co-creator of this extraordinary and exciting imagined world.

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. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity. While, as ever at the centre of everything, a thief in a red waistcoat and of rotund proportions walks the streets, juggling in one hand custard pastries, and in the other the fate of the city itself.

Far to the south, fragments of the titanic Moon's Spawn have crashed into the Rivan Sea creating a series of isles...and a fortune hunter's dream. A Malazan veteran calling himself 'Red' ventures out to try his luck—and perhaps say goodbye to old friends. But there he finds far more than he'd bargained for as the rush to claim the Spawn's treasures descends into a mad scramble of chaos and bloodshed. For powers from across the world have gathered here, searching for the legendary Throne of Night. The impact of these events are far reaching, it seems. On an unremarkable island off the coast of Genabackis, a people who had turned their backs upon all such strivings now lift their masked faces towards the mainland and recall the ancient prophesy of a return.

And what about the ex-Claw of the Malazan Empire who now walks the uttermost edge of creation? His mission—the success or failure of which the Queen of Dreams saw long ago—is destined to shape far more than anyone could have ever imagined.

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About Ian Esslemont

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IAN CAMERON ESSLEMONT grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has studied archaeology and creative writing, has traveled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. 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.
Published May 22, 2012 by Tor Books. 850 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Mar 26 2012

Subplots too dense to summarize will make sense only to longtime fans...

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Reviewed by Simon Appleby on Mar 04 2012

The great news, here though, is that Esslemont has, for me, fully matured as a storyteller to match Erikson, and I now look forward to his additions to the world of the Malazans with just as much fervour.

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Reviewed by Rob Weber on Mar 17 2012

I think Esslemont could have concentrated on the story he was telling a bit more and a bit less on whatever else is going on in the vast world he and Erikson have created.

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Bookworm Blues

Reviewed by Sarah on Jul 16 2012

...Esslemont is a worthy author who has added shape and depth to the Malazan world with this wonderful, rich installment.

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Neth Space

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Reviewed by Neth on Mar 08 2012

I consider it one of the lesser volumes in the Malazan world, but there is enough of a fix to keep us fans up until we get the next installment.

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drying ink

Reviewed by Jacob on Feb 22 2012

The finest Esslemont novel so far, and a superb Malazan novel in its own right, Orb, Sceptre, Throne is a book long-time Malazan fans will love

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On the Verge of Lunacy

Reviewed by Cassie on May 30 2012

I like Esslemont's humor and the longer character introspection.

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The King of Elfland's Second Cousin

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Reviewed by Chris on May 22 2012

On the whole, Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne is one of the weaker Malazan novels...

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My fantasy books, anime, manga, movies, etc.

Below average
Feb 28 2012

...a good enough book with occasional brilliant parts, but Esslemont will have to work harder if he doesn't want to lose our trust, if it's not already late for that.

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