By Ian C. Esslemont

This followup to Ian C. Esselmont's Blood and Bone is bound to thrill Malazan fans.

Tens of millions of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, lengthy a byword for risk and inaccessibility, is finally yielding its secrets and techniques. stories of gold chanced on within the region's north flow in each waterfront dive and sailor's tavern and now numerous adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail looking for riches. a majority of these adveturers need to consultant them are legends and garbled stories of the hazards that lie in wait — adverse coasts, fields of ice, impassable limitations and unusual, terrifying creatures. yet all bills concur that the folk of the north meet all trespassers with the sword. And past are rumoured to lurk Elder monsters out of history's very beginnings. Into this turmoil ventures the mercenary corporation, the red shield. now not drawn through agreement, yet by way of the promise of solutions: solutions to mysteries that Shimmer, moment in command, wonders should still also be sought. Arriving additionally, a 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 used to be came upon washed ashore and who can't take note his previous lifestyles, but who instructions way more strength than he particularly should still. additionally venturing north is related to be a effective champion, a guy who as soon as fought for the Malazans, the bearer of a sword that slays gods: Whiteblade.

And finally, some distance to the south, a lady guards the shore anticipating either her allies and her enemies. Silverfox, newly incarnated Summoner of the timeless military of the T'lan Imass, will do something to prevent the renewal of an ages-old campaign which could lay waste to the complete continent and beyond.

Casting gentle on mysteries spanning the Malazan empire, and delivering a glimpse of the storied and epic background that formed it, "Assail" is the ultimate bankruptcy within the epic tale of the Empire of Malaz.

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Nick ducked down, peeked back toward the pub. The bearded man still groped the woman, another man had stumbled outside puking, none of them were looking their way. Peter gave the pane a nudge with his foot and it popped open. The basement was a well of darkness. Peter looked up at Nick. ” Nick said. ” Nick took a quick step back as though from a viper. “Are you kidding me? ” A look of deep disappointment crossed Peter’s face. Nick was surprised to find this bothered him, that he cared at all what this wild kid thought.

Bennie had taken every cent. He’d have to find another way out of Brooklyn. Panic began to tighten his chest. Which way should he go? Marko could be anywhere, could be coming from any direction. Nick turned quickly and almost ran into Peter. Nick hadn’t even realized the boy had been following him. Peter’s eyes were full of mischief. ” Nick said. “Plan? ” Peter looked pleased. “They’ve got guns. They’re not fucking around either. ” Nick let out a harsh laugh. God, he thinks this is all some sort of game.

Said it’s gonna be a real horror show. I love horror shows. ” The limb above them shook and a host of leaves rained down. There followed a soft thump. Nick and Freddie saw him first. When Bennie and Jake caught their faces, they both jerked around. A boy, not much taller than Nick, stood on the pathway. He wore some sort of hand-stitched leather pants with pointy-toed boots sewn right into them. He also had on a raggedy tuxedo jacket, the old style, the kind with tails, with a black hoodie on underneath and a rawhide pack, almost a purse, strung across his chest.

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