Ian C. Esslemont / Jun 04, 2020

Assail This followup to Ian C Esslemont s Blood and Bone is sure to delight Malazan fans Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting and the land of Assail long a byword for menace and inaccessibility is

  • Title: Assail
  • Author: Ian C. Esslemont
  • ISBN: 9780765329981
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This followup to Ian C Esslemont s Blood and Bone is sure to delight Malazan fans.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 countless adventurers and fortunThis followup to Ian C Esslemont s Blood and Bone is sure to delight Malazan fans.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 countless adventurers and fortune seekers have set sail in search of riches All these adventurers have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures But all accounts concur that the people of the north meet all trespassers with the sword And beyond are rumoured to lurk Elder monsters out of history s very beginnings.Into this turmoil ventures the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard Not drawn by contract, but by the promise of answers answers to mysteries that Shimmer, second in command, wonders should even be sought Arriving also, part of an uneasy alliance of Malazan fortune hunters and Letherii soldiery, comes the bard Fisher kel Tath And with him is a Tiste Andii who was found washed ashore and cannot remember his past life, yet who commands far power than he really should Also venturing north is said to be a mighty champion, a man who once fought for the Malazans, the bearer of a sword that slays gods Whiteblade.And lastly, far to the south, a woman guards the shore awaiting both her allies and her enemies Silverfox, newly incarnated Summoner of the undying army of the T lan Imass, will do anything to stop the renewal of an ages old crusade that could lay waste to the entire continent and beyond.Casting light on mysteries spanning the Malazan empire, and offering a glimpse of the storied and epic history that shaped it, Assail is the final chapter in the epic story of the Empire of Malaz.

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      • Ian C. Esslemont

        IAN CAMERON ESSLEMONT was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Canada He has a degree in Creative Writing, studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years He now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his wife and children and is currently working on his PhD in English Literature.Ian C Esslemont and Steven Erikson co created the Malazan world in 1982 as a backdrop for role playing games In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon When the script did not sell, Erikson greatly expanded the story and turned it into a novel.


    1. Dangwhat a convergence!This is Book 6 in a series. If you don't read the other books you wont get this. (Duh, but there is a reviewer who apparently does not)Appearing in time after Blood and Bone, this book wraps up the storyline of the Crimson Guard and the Imaas war on the Jaghut, The story behind Stalker, Badlands and Coot, and also what happened to all those stolen munitions! I loved the re-appearance of Crust.At the end, there is a twist involving an unexpected returning character (althoug [...]

    2. Oh, dear god, and it all comes to an endI have avidly--and with great passion, joy, sadness, and grief--read every installment in the episodes of 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' and the 'The Malazan Empire' by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont, respectively. This stuff is absolutely 'off-the-hook' goode very best fantasy fiction that you'll ever encounter. It is a mythology for our time--something akin to what J.R.R. Tolkien intended with his crafting of The Silmarillion. These two Canadian a [...]

    3. The final book in Esslemont's Novels of the Malazan Empire series was a disappointment.Most of my problems revolve around the structure of the plot. Specifically, the reader is given no reason to care about anything. Much like was the case in the previous book, *Blood and Bone*, Esslemont seems to want to exploit the Malazan setting by writing books that do little beyond featuring events set in the world of Erikson's outstanding Malazan Book of the Fallen series.Some of the character (e.g Kyle) [...]

    4. The book sounds like it will be really interesting to read from the title and description but the writing style is hard to engage with and the story doesn't really go anywhere, there is a slight build to a climax but it is lacking in suspense. This is underlined by a huge number of characters that are thrown at the reader with very little time given for characterization meaning that it is hard to keep track of who is who and their importance within the story.

    5. originally posted at: thebookplank/2014For many a fantasy reader the words Malazan Empire of the Fallen shouldn't come as an unknown. Steven Erikson is perhaps the best known for these books, well let me rephrase, EPIC works. But Steven Erikson wasn't the sole inventor of the universe of Malaz, together with Ian C. Esslemont this universe was created. A few years after Garden of the Moon, Ian C. Esslemont published his first book in his own series tightly linked to that of Steven Erikson, his de [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book and this series in general. I know ICE gets a little bit of hate after coming from Erikson but I think it's a great addition to the Malazan world.

    7. Right, chaps - I'm sorry I went AWOL on this one for a while, but now back and ready to race into Forge of Darkness. I have my shiny copy sat right next to me and ready to go.Which means revisiting my thoughts on Assail.What's strange is that this is the first novel in the re-read that I came to with more of an editorial hat on, and recognised more of the problems with the balance of Assail.Take, for instance, those first giddy chapters where we were offered a mysterious Tiste Andii, who suffere [...]

    8. The continent of Assail. . . Most dangerous and mysterious place in the Malazan universe, or so we've been led to believe. Ever since Steven Erikson's Memories of Ice, the mere mention of Assail and its secrets has gotten Malazan fans giddy with excitement. And now, finally, Assail's mysteries would be revealed in what is dubbed "the final novel of the Malazan Empire." Problem is, could Ian Cameron Esslemont pull it off?Esslemont's writing has been divisive from the very beginning, when Night of [...]

    9. This is the concluding volume of the two author epic of the Malazan empire and this I will concider a placeholder review. This book did answer a number of my lingering questions but I have about a bazillion other questions still. This series is quite wide ranging and with characters and arcs crossing back and forth between the two different authors I am afraid my way of reading it has caused a lot of these confusions. I read all the Steven Erikson books first in published order, and then all th [...]

    10. 4.5 starsOh, yeah, I did it. All sixteen books. There is still the Kharkanas Trilogy, but, at this point, I decided to wait and not turn my brain into a mush.To paraphrase Robert Jordan, this is not the ending, but an ending. So, if you expected every thread neatly tied up, I've got to ask - have you paid attention at all?! Yet, Esslemont does surprisingly well. The pace, storytelling, characters are superb. He answers several big questions and, sometimes, offers resolutions far, far in the futu [...]

    11. Largely disappointing, and a step back in many ways from Blood & Bone. Throughout the course of Erikson's books, Assail was built up to be a terrifying place with tons of crazy things happening constantly. Unfortunately, Esslemont fails to deliver on that promise. The land of Assail is instead thinly characterized as merely "a bad place" through various characters and set-pieces, none of which were terribly interesting. Particularly the ending, which I felt to be quite anticlimactic, especia [...]

    12. Once upon a time one could speak of the “upcoming conclusion” to the tales of the Malazan Empire, the multi-volume shared world series by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont. But with Erikson currently writing the second book in his prequel trilogy, and both he and Esslemont contracted for more books set in this world, it’s best nowadays to perhaps muse on “resting points” rather than “conclusions.” And so it is with Esslemont’s sixth book, Assail, billed as bringing to “a thri [...]

    13. A good ending for the Malazan series, tying up threads that started anywhere from the previous books and back to the beginning of the gardens of the moon

    14. Finalmente eu fechei de vez o livro malazano, tristeNa expectativa pelo Dancer's Lament agora (e pela conclusão da Trilogia Kharkanas e pela Trilogia Toblakai

    15. So that was the end of that part of the series? Meh. It's a Malazan book so there's usually something for me to enjoy, but this and the last one felt rather off the pace ICE had only just built up to. I don't think the reveal about the Guard was actually meant to be a surprise but I still found myself wondering why we'd taken so long to get there. Throw in a variety of new characters who don't hugely matter and won't linger much in the series, a plot that just felt like the parts didn't quite fi [...]

    16. The previous book, Blood and Bone, left me with a bit of a disappointing feeling. That's not the case with this book; it's again a good addition to the Malazan world. It's however not my favourite book in Esslemont’s series; that titles still goes to RotCG and SW (and OST to a lesser extent).In this book Esslemont brings the story to Assail, after Jackuruku another continent that hasn't been fully explored. I thought the world building was again interesting in this book, and contrary to the pr [...]

    17. I've found Esslemont's previous Malazan books to be a bit mixed, at their best they have had some fascinating world-building and compelling plots but they have a tendency to be let down by often bland characterisation and some of his plots have been a bit underwhelming. I thought Assail was a reasonably entertaining book but I think it's one of the Esslemont's weaker efforts. One problem is that the continent of Assail where the book is set is probably one of the less interesting settings in the [...]

    18. "Assail" the sixth and final installment in the Malazan Empire series which I won through /First Reads is an action-packed, intoxicating fantasy that begins with news of a gold discovery in the north. Adventurers set out seeking their fortunes, crossing dangerous seas, fighting hostile inhabitants, and terrifying creatures only to be met by the swords of Northerners threatened by the encroachment on their land. As the clash of wills grows bloody and more violent, several men and women will meet [...]

    19. I am probably being slightly generous with giving this a four star rating due to my attachment to the series as a whole, the world and some of the characters. On the other hand there are also some great things about this volume, which might make it Esslemont's best to date but yet there are some slightly irritating flaws with it as well.First of all, there is plenty of action and there are lots of interesting characters - both ones from books and ones introduced afresh. There is the interest of [...]

    20. Ian C. Esslemont's sixth novel Assail is the final book in what we'll for convenience call the Malazan main sequence. Esslemont started publishing in earnest a few years later than his co-creator Steven Erikson and his novels are interwoven in Erikson's storyline. By that time Erikson had set the Malazan standard and Esslemont has had a rough time living up to that. His style is different from Erikson, a bit less verbose and a bit less satirical. It has gotten him quite a few negative reviews, s [...]

    21. I absolutely love these books and this series, so this is going to be an easy review for me. The book was fantastic and I couldn't put it down. As always, for me, I fell in love with The Crimson Guard and every Malazan that came up. This time, however, I also found new love in Jute and his wife Ieleen, who were great throughout the book.My one complaint would be that the characters Fisher, Kyle, and Orman, were sometimes hard to tell apart, I also believe at one point the names got mixed up and [...]

    22. The end of the Crimson Guard story does not fail to deliver. The answers they are looking for in Assail are wonderfully foreshadowed throughout the story and I had the idea about two thirds of the way through. The ending is satisfying and entirely appropriate. Esslemont also manages to build a unique land in the Malazan world that feels all his own even as he sprinkles a cast of characters we know and love from the main Book of the Fallen series. And last but not least, I hadn't realized how muc [...]

    23. Well it was going alright, could have made 3 stars but then had one of the most anti-climatic climaxes I've ever read. So it's now 2-2.5 stars.

    24. While I would not say that Esslemont's 6 book "Novels of the Malazan Empire (NOTME)" series rivals Erikson's 10 book "Malazan Book of the Fallen (MBOTF)" series, it was still a great read for anyone who loves fantasy novels like myself. Esslemont co-created the Malazan Universe with Erikson and tells the stories of characters only briefly mentioned in MBOTF, while introducing interesting new characters along the way. Learning more about Empress Laseen, High Mage Tayschrenn, and the legendary mer [...]

    25. Maybe more like a 3.75 star book, but eh. I was feeling generous here at the end of my Malazan journey (well, until I zoom back in time for the prequels that is), and he ended the book well. I always give bonus points for a good ending.I enjoyed Assail. It was the closest to my favorite of the ICE books, that being Return of the Crimson Guard. Those being the top, I'd probably place OST next, followed by Stonewielder, Blood and Bone, and then Night of Knives. So I was happy to end what has been [...]

    26. Assail feels almost like a companion novel and in a sense it is. Esslemont continues his and Steven Erikson's journey of mapping the world of their co-created Malazan Empire world by exploring a region earlier only mentioned, the continent of Assail. In other words, this is a novel about a geographical location perhaps more than about the people invested in it and it has frequent cameos from characters that have been a part of the previous stories (which I have not read), but it works as a fairl [...]

    27. I have read the entire Malazan book of the fallen series first and then continued with Esslemont's series. I began with a lot of expectation as I read a review saying a lot of questions get answered. I thought a lot of questions from MBotF would be answered and although I got some answers, they were not to the main questions I had. The problem is that throughout reading these books you have so many questions and I forget some of them! However, I did not expect these books to be on the same level [...]

    28. I somehow did not realize this was novel number 6 in the line from Mr. Esslemont that I had read since The Night of Knives, his first novel. I was impressed with how much he has grown as a writer and how much his writing and storytelling abilities have developed since that first (mild disaster) novel(la). There were a lot of grammar mistakes in this novel, which really should have been caught at the editing stages. Most of them were ambiguous pronouns, a "he"+verb and action reference in the mid [...]

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