Return of the Crimson Guard (Malazan Empire Series #2)

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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 as conquered kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more.

Into the seething cauldron of Quon Tali—the Empire's heartland—marches the Guard. With their return comes the ...

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Overview

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 as conquered kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more.

Into the seething cauldron of Quon Tali—the Empire's heartland—marches the Guard. With their return comes the memory of the Empire—and yet all is not well with the Guard itself. Elements within its elite, the Avowed, have set their sights on far greater power. There are ancient entities who also seek to further their own arcane ends. And what of the swordsman called Traveller who, with his companion Ereko, has gone in search of a confrontation from which none have ever returned?

As the Guard prepares to wage war, so Laseen's own generals and mages, the 'Old Hands', grow impatient at what they see as her mismanagement of the Empire. But could Laseen have outwitted them all? Could she be using the uprisings to draw out and finally eliminate these last irksome survivors from the days of her illustrious predecesor, Kellanved?

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"Riveting sequel to 2009’s Night of Knives."

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"One can become enthralled with a well-created universe replete with epic heroes, battles and a fascinating mosaic view of the struggles of a world-encompassing empire."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765323729
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Malazan Empire Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 427,979
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

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 his friend Steven Erikson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2010

    That's more like it

    I've read the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson, and I am a big fan of his style of writing. I've also read Night of Knives by Esslemont, and in that book, his style seemed not nearly as rich in environment or description.

    Return of the Crimson Guard is much closer to the Book of the Fallen style. The differences are subtle enough that if you didn't know who the author was, you might not realize they were different.

    An outstanding book and I eagerly await the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Excellent

    If your a fan on the series be sure to add this one to your reading list. I read Night of knives and was not too impressed, but the author has really developed his writing in this second book. Wonderful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    I like the quicker style even thought the battle scenes lack the

    I like the quicker style even thought the battle scenes lack the scope in depth richness that Erickson has but it makes up for it as the story keeps moving. The books are improving and I enjoyed it. I plan to continue buying the series he is adding to.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    The Adventure Continues!

    If you are a fan of Steven Erikson the adventure continues with this second book from Ian Esslemont. I admit to being skeptical that two authors could co-exist within the same framework of the Malazan Empire. Happily they not only do, but complement each other! I've also read the Night of Knives from Esslemont and that was a good read and also come highly recommended. Can't wait for his third book!

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