Forge of the High Mage

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Forge of the High Mage

Forge of the High Mage

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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 also can't help but wonder if he might eventually become someone we already know from the main Book of the Fallen Series?

With true motives hidden and magic, warrens and trickery abound it's been a wild ride a who's who of the Malazan world, with a kind of dog-pile the K'Chain Che'Malle!

The entire novel is a series of short scenes, swapping back and forth between around a dozen characters. On the flip side, Mael himself is an active character in this book, he’s there to influence and sanction the proper use of power drawn from him (and not by the oily, slimy bastard Rel). The author takes us back to where it all began and how the Malazans forge their empire with their ruthlessness.

Well paced, more lore for the foundation of the Malazan Empire and the future conflicts its drawn into. He'll never reach the heights of Steven Erikson but not all Malazan books have to be 1000-page tomes full of philosophy. This must be an interesting consideration for an author when creating drama for particular scenes in prequels to a popular series.I absolutely love the Malazan world, Steven Erikson being without a shadow of a doubt my favorite author, with ICE's coming in the top 10 as well. As ever, the excellent magic system (through the use of warrens) is finely showcased here and, for the most part, I found my reading experience to be extremely rewarding; leading me to score Forge of the High Mage an 8/10 rating. Forge of the High Mage is the fourth book in the Path to Ascendency that deals with the formation of the Malazan Empire. While I love maps and often scoured the map at the beginning as to where PoVs are are are referring to I laughed when I found the much more detailed map at the end of the book. As for this book, Kellanved and especially Dancer are, for me, ones of the most unforgettable and outstanding characters not only in this series, but in all epic fantasy universe.

kellanved proves time and time again just how morally dubious he is, posing the question of just what sort of person can achieve ascendancy, while still having those moments of humanisation that makes him both very interesting and likeable. Malazan, Theloman, Tiste Andii, Crimson Guard and let's not forget the spider at the center of the web, a certain Dal Hon mage and his companion.ICE has written a couple book's that were serious misses for me, but I've been enjoying the Path to Ascendancy Series for the most part. When reading Forge of the High Mage, like previous entries in this series, it is easier to keep track of the people, places, and the plot.

Here in 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.I found that these were handled brilliantly, with a few special easter eggs for Malazan fans who read closely. 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). In all the other entries of this series, it made sense and they were important in the unfolding of events.

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