Forge of the High Mage

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Forge of the High Mage

Forge of the High Mage

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The book's title is perfect in describing his character arc: which includes his doubts and concerns, trying to understand his place within the military, his working relationship with Nightchill and Dujek Onearm, as well as his magical potential, leading to mastery.

My only regret, and I appreciate it may have been a little dry, was we didn't get a little more context on the Jhistal and it's exact perversion.I think Kellanved having command of the hounds and the T'lan Imass but gaining this off screen was a bit of a shame because these are things that naturally would've been interesting. The storyline was good and has advanced the Malazan Empire as well as individuals such as mainly Tayschren (and of course MR). it also does a good job of showing how dark imperialism is, not just in a grander sense but also how ‘good’ people like dujek will allow awful people like hairlock to serve because it helps the ‘empire’. These present a varied mix of interesting characters whose thoughts and feelings we are given witness to. Other characters from the past get some great page time to flesh them out and further imperial politics (plus a little from the Guard) are also given more context.

One question I was left with was the amount of time passing between the start of this series and the beginning of the Malazan Book of the Fallen.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. Which is not really a plot so much and Blues and Gwynn and a couple of others were just there, they got shuffled about a lot (by events out of their control). So many characters who'd later go on to have massive roles in Malazan BotF + ME books were featured and none of them felt like fan service. In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon. Experienced more of the Emperor's shadowy plans, learned the sheer power of coincidence and timing, discovered depths of treachery, and lived much action, from swordplay to spellcasting.

If you've read Malazan and you like it, there's no reason not to read this book as long as you've read the three previous ones in this cycle. We get the story, mostly, but how the cult came to dominate an otherwise peaceable (from what you can infer) people and twist things, that would have been interesting to see a little more of. I absolutely loved the first three books from this series and had high expectations from this one but I felt that this was probably the weakest so far in the series. There are some absolutely great moments with characters that I've grown to love in the original series, and it's always a pleasure to have their back stories fleshed out a little more. Here, then, in the tracts of the Ice Wastes and among the islands of Falar, the Empire of Malaz faces two seemingly insurmountable tests - each one potentially the origin of its destruction .In a first for a Malazan novel, an additional two-page map is included in an addendum at the back of the book.

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