The penultimate book in one of the most original, exciting and acclaimed fantasy series of the new century.
Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and introduced fantasy readers to his epic 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence, which has been hailed 'a masterwork of the imagination'. This River Awakens was hist first novel, and originally published under the name Steve Lundin. Having lived in Cornwall for a number of years, Steve will be returning to Canada in late summer 2012. To find out more, visit www.malazanempire.com and www.stevenerikson.com
Ragged armies and gods old and new collide in the dizzyingly complex penultimate tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen (following 2008's Toll the Hounds). After a traumatic reading of the tiles, Adjunct Tagore of the Malazan decides to quit the Letherii capital. To placate neighboring territories, Brys Beddict and a contingent of Letherii escort Tagore and her army through the Wastelands on their way to the port of Kolanse. The Barghast find their own reasons to head for the Wastelands, as do the T'lan Imass, a group of bloodthirsty Jaghut, and the army of the K'Chain Che'Malle. Gods tweak the players on this continent-sized chess board even as they themselves are manipulated. Erickson begins to reel in the long lines of his huge plot, giving enough hints to leave readers impatient for the 10th volume. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Adjunct Tavore commands the exiled Malazan army on the Letherii continent as it marches through the hostile Wastelands, knowing little of their enemy or the precise reason for their perpetual war. Saving the multibook saga's resolution for the final volume, The Crippled God, the author provides a realistic-sometimes brutal, sometimes heroic-look at the actions of an army cut adrift and left to do the one thing it does best: fight. VERDICT Erikson's massive opus of fallen empires reveals his talent for both action and narrative. Rich with vivid descriptions and filled with a backstory reminiscent of the works of Stephen R. Donaldson and Robert Jordan, this title belongs, along with its series predecessors, in the collections of most epic fantasy readers. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.