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Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. All these adventures have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait - hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures. But all accounts concur that the people of the north meet all trespassers with the sword. And beyond are rumored to lurk Elder monsters out of history's very beginnings.
Into this turmoil ventures the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. Not drawn by contract, but by the promise of answers: answers to mysteries that Shimmer, second in command, wonders should even be sought. Arriving also, part of an uneasy alliance of Malazan fortune-hunters and Letherii soldiery, comes the bard Fisher kel Tath. And with him is a Tiste Andii who was found washed ashore and who cannot remember his past life, yet who commands far more power than he really should. Also venturing north is said to be a mighty champion, a man who once fought for the Malazans, the bearer of a sword that slays gods: Whiteblade.
And lastly, far to the south, a woman guards the shore, awaiting both her allies and her enemies. Silverfox, newly incarnated Summoner of the undying army of the T'lan Imass, will do anything to stop the renewal of an ages-old crusade that could lay waste to the entire continent and beyond.
Casting light on mysteries spanning the Malazan Empire, and offering a glimpse of the storied and epic history that shaped it, Assail is the final chapter in the epic story of the Empire of Malaz.
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By BJ on 10-23-17
Esslemont is in no way the equal of the early Erickson. And he's slavish to the model of lots of characters converging on some, usually, apotheosis all in the last chapter. Early Erickson was good, but he became almost intolerable at the end with his handling of hundreds and hundreds of characters and dozens of storylines, too many of which were simply dropped. Esslemont is no improvement. Seems that since Robert Jordan everyone tries to deal with his own lack of ability to develop characters by simply introducing more of them. So many dropped storylines. And too many &quot;clever&quot; questions left unanswered. Poor writing ultimately..
As to the reader, wow. He's ok, but very much, just ok. He pronounces &quot;cadre&quot; as &quot;carter&quot;, Kaminsod as &quot;Kasminod&quot; and voices nearly every single woman as a crone and every single mage as an old man. It's bad.
I only decided to finish this to just get through the story.