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Forge of Darkness (The Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1)

Written by Steven Erikson

Average Score: 82(5)

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.

Book Details

Fantasy
Hardcover, 688 Pages
Published by Tor Books on September 18, 2012
ISBN-10 0765323567
ISBN-13 978-0765323569

Reviews


SF Site | Dominic Cilli
Review Rating: 100
Forge of Darkness will dispel any and all doubters (if any do indeed still exist out there) that Steven Erikson is the best writer on the planet.
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Neth Space | Neth
Review Rating: 80
It is the writing I crave to read, a writing in which I find equal parts joy, melancholy, and sadness that are (thankfully) shaped by a wit that makes me laugh. I am satisfied, yet I crave more.
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Pat`s Fantasy Hotlist | Patrick
Review Rating: 80
...there is more than enough secrets, questions, and revelations to satisfy Malazan fans. Forge of Darkness will have you begging for more, which is all we can ask for!
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The Wertzone | Adam Whitehead
Review Rating: 80
...Erikson's attempt to channel the in-depth thematic approach of Toll the Hounds but weld it to a more dynamic (by his terms) plot-driven narrative whilst also satisfying the fans' thirst for more information and revelations about his world and characters.
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SFX | Dean Evans
Review Rating: 70
Know that Forge Of Darkness is like The Times' cryptic crossword -- big, complex, a slog to complete, but geekily rewarding.
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