The Seven Cities Rebellion
has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the
city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The
prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz
14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion, Dassem
Ultor, was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding,
its smell is of death.
But elsewhere, agents of a
far greater conflict have made their opening moves.
The Crippled God has been granted
a place in the pantheon; a schism threatens and sides must be chosen. Whatever
each god decides, the ground rules have changed, irrevocably, terrifyingly, and
the first blood spilled will be in the mortal world.
This world is home to a
host of characters, familiar and new, including Heboric Ghost Hands, the
possessed Apsalar; Cutter, once a thief now a killer; the warrior Karsa Orlong;
and the two ancient wanderers Icarium and Mappo—each searching for such a fate
as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will. If only
the gods would leave them alone. But now that knives have been unsheathed, the
gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens. And,
the prize? Nothing less than existence itself.
Here is the stunning new
chapter in Steven Erikson’s magnificent Malazan Book of the Fallen—hailed
as an epic of the imagination and acknowledged as a fantasy classic in the
making. Download and start listening now!