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Orb Sceptre Throne (The Malazan Empire, Book 4)

Written by Ian C. Esslemont

Average Score: 76(4)

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.

Book Details

Hardcover, 720 Pages
Published by Tor Books on May 22, 2012
ISBN-10 0765329964
ISBN-13 978-0765329967


The Wertzone | Adam Whitehead
Review Rating: 90
...a well-written, thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Malazan canon.
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Fantasy Literature | Bill Capossere
Review Rating: 80
I stand by my claim that Orb, Sceptre, Throne is Esslemont's finest novel to date and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Pat`s Fantasy Hotlist | Patrick
Review Rating: 75
Great premise and engrossing concepts and ideas, but the execution precluded the tale from being as good as Esslemont's last two books.
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Neth Space | Neth
Review Rating: 60
What it all simmers down to is this: Orb Sceptre Throne is a mediocre book in the Malazan world, however it is filled with juicy bits that fans will enjoy and it provides a few answers and a fair bit of set-up for the epilogue that Esslemont is writing for Erikson's series.
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