Forge of Darkness

Forge of Darkness

by Steven Erikson
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Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765323569
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Series: Kharkanas Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

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

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The Forge of Darkness 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Kassanwarrad More than 1 year ago
In the Forge of Darkness, Steven Erikson takes us into the past of the books set in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. He shares a beginning of the Tiste Andii (I feel like quoting the opening lines of any Wheel of Time books), one that echoes throughout the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Steven Erikson weaves an ancient form of storytelling in this book. While reading it, I imagined I've picked up the a book parallel to the Odessey of his world. The dialogue is epic, the characters are larger than life, and the repercussions echo throughout his world's time. Erikson uses the point of view of many unknown characters as they observe the actions of legendary ones. This only heightens the draw and mystery of these well known names, instead of frustrating our need to know more. We observe Anomander Drake, Andarist, Silchas Ruin, Caladon Brood, and Draconus. We learn more of Mother Dark, both her divine nature and her fragile mortal one. Any fan of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series will love this book. What may discourage some readers is the same thing that makes his writing great. Everything is grand. Every character possesses the faculty to observe and reflect, drawing conclusions heavy with philosophy and cumbersome in meaning. This book is not meant to be read fast. Take it slow, appreciate the endless similes and metaphors, drink in the description, and chew on the fat that is the story itself.
charlirahe84 More than 1 year ago
This book needs to be longer, that's my only complaint. So much to take in, I found myself rereading pages and then going online and trying to put pieces together. Especially who was a descendent of whom and who had children together, it was very hard for me to keep up with all that. Still it was fantastic, if a bit dark and sad.
KayDKD More than 1 year ago
For everyone who enjoys a dark fantasy book, this is it. Even though I never read the sequels I am enjoying it a lot, and each passing chapter makes me want to read the sequels even more.
C_M_Basler More than 1 year ago
If you have been a long time Malazan reader, this is a great look into the history and origins of the world you thought you knew. If you have never read a Malazan book before, Erickson has done a good job of creating a new starting point. I recommend this book for both long time followers and the uninitiated alike.
ZuranSpellcaster More than 1 year ago
A book that lets you see into Anomandar Rake and the Andii's past. Fantastic, cant wait for the 2nd and 3rd books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth it
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Great addition to the Malazan world. Erikson delivers again. Great depth of characters, quick pace, and thought-provoking without being tedious, Erikson's writing continues to be the high water mark of epic fantasy.
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I found the answers to almost every question I had on the Tiste and where each kind, of those ancient beings, came from. This was just as great if not better than His books' of the Malazans. I find that with each slight change in the plot or world, Steven E. makes more of a vortex that sucks in your imagination and you are revived to find a Dark World, filled with very much human traits in a way that matches our darkest natures...making for a story that binds and fills the plot with Nitroglycerin and uncertainty. I very much enjoyed every moment and await the next book with tremors.
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This is the first book I've read from this author. The fact that it's part of a previously existing universe may be to blame for my lower rating. Great story line, I really wanted to love this book but this guy is in serious need of an editor. First of all, the story is split into so many characters that it becomes very difficult to follow. I found myself using search on my tablet to try and remember who was doing what, it really kills the flow. Maybe if I'd read the earlier Malazan series, I'd be familiar enough with some of the characters that it wouldn't have been as much of a problem. Secondly, the writing is cumbersome and verbose. I'm all for painting a picture with words but this isn't Shakespeare and the archaic prose doesn't add to the story. I found the dialogue to be so stilted that I was skipping over parts and I had a difficult time identifying with or caring about any of the characters. That being said, I still enjoyed the book and I'll probably check out the Malazan series