Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) by Ian C. Esslemont 99p on Kindle @ Amazon
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Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) by Ian C. Esslemont 99p on Kindle @ Amazon

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Found 11th Jan
It was once a land ravaged by war, minor city states, baronies and principates fight for supremacy, and then the rival cities of Tali and Quon formed an alliance and so Quon Tali came into being.
However that was generations ago, that dynasty has collapsed and the regional powers are now clawing at each others throats once more. But at the heart of Quon Tali lies the powerful city state of Li Heng which has for centuries enjoyed relative stability under the guidance of the powerful sorceress known as the “Protectress”. She is not someone likely to tolerate the arrival of two particular young men into her domain: one is determined to prove he is the most skilled assassin of his age; the other is his quarry - a Dal Hon mage who is proving annoyingly difficult to kill. The sorceress and her cabal of five mage servants were enough to repel the Quon Tali Iron Legions, so how could two such trouble-makers upset her iron-fisted rule?
And now, under a new and ambitious king, the forces of Itko Kan are marching on Li Heng from the south. His own assassins, the Nightblades, have been sent ahead into the city, and rumours abound that he has inhuman, nightmarish forces at his command. So as shadows and mistrust swirl and monstrous beasts that people say appear from nowhere, run rampage through Li Heng's streets, it seems chaos is come - but in chaos, as a certain young Dal Hon mage would say, there is opportunity . . .


The Path to Ascendancy trilogy is a prequel to The Malazan Book of the Fallan Series. You do not have had to read the Malazan Series beforehand, although there may be slight spoilers if you choose to progress to this series afterwards.
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Thanks ! I've just made it through the "Malazan Book of the fallen" series and the "novels of the malazan empire" , i added this to my Audible wishlist, might as well get it while its cheap
Ordered, thanks OP. Big fan of the TMBOTF and I've read and enjoyed a few Of Esselmont's too. Currently reading Stonewielder, it's great!
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As we're on fantasy, the slightly cuddlier Sword of Shannara is only 99p if you want to give it a go. Only today though.

Edit: Just seen the HUKD dor the above about 5 down from this one LOL! Oh well...
Edited by: "Yas" 11th Jan
Yas9 m ago

As we're on fantasy, the slightly cuddlier Sword of Shannara is only 99p …As we're on fantasy, the slightly cuddlier Sword of Shannara is only 99p if you want to give it a go. Only today though.Edit: Just seen the HUKD dor the above about 5 down from this one LOL! Oh well...


Shannara is not quite on the same level as Malazan though. I'd think its aimed at teenagers.
bluntmachetti1 h, 9 m ago

Shannara is not quite on the same level as Malazan though. I'd think its …Shannara is not quite on the same level as Malazan though. I'd think its aimed at teenagers.

Agreed. Shannara readers would probably enjoy Raymond E Feist, or vice versa. Although Ian C Esslemont is a lot more accessible to younger readers than Steven Erikson (which is the real Malazan stuff!)
Yas3 h, 57 m ago

Agreed. Shannara readers would probably enjoy Raymond E Feist, or vice …Agreed. Shannara readers would probably enjoy Raymond E Feist, or vice versa. Although Ian C Esslemont is a lot more accessible to younger readers than Steven Erikson (which is the real Malazan stuff!)


Or the "Wheel of Time" series, though truth be said, i only read that last year and didn't stop till i had read all 13 books.
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