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DOWNLOAD Dancer's Lament ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ For ages warfare has crippled the continent as minor city states baronies and principates fought in an endless round of hostilitites Only the alliance of the rival Tali and uon cities could field the resources to mount a hegemony from coast to coast and thus become known For ages warfare has crippled the continent as minor city states baronies and principates fought in an endless round of hostilitites Only the alliance of the rival Tali and uon cities could field the resources to mount a hegemony from coast to coast and thus become known as uon Taili It is a generation since the collapse of this dynasty and regional powers are once rousing themselves Into this arena of renewed border wars come two youths to the powerful central city state that i. Dancer's Lament is the first of Ian C Esslemont's Malazan novels that I have read and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience It is the first installment of the Path to Ascendancy trilogy The book is linear that the previous series entrants that I have read written by Steven Erikson It is story driven and less about the world building however it still contains a large cast of dramatis personae and the book is complemented by some amazing and very memorable set piecesThe action follows the stories and point of views of three characters Dorin Rav Dancer enough said Iko a female sword dancerguard and Silk a vain mage and how they are affected by a war that takes place at Li Heng and also the inner politics of the city's underworld The point of view I found the most intriguing was of course Dancer's Mainly to see the foundation of his relationship with a certain shadowy mage known as Wu in this story but you know who this person is ; and about Dancer's past and training Wu and Dorin's banter right from the start is great At some points they seem like a married couple bickering however you see the underlining current of respect being built between them throughout the novel In some books you can dislike certain POV perspectives and almost speed read those parts I didn't have this problem with any of these characters In fact knowing that these other characters are involved in later ICE books other readers may find extra layers of awesome in their sections that I couldn't see I don't want to say too much about the plot I do not want to reveal anything to my unfortunate American cousins where this hasn't been released yet What I will say though is a lot of the characters are very cool and likable Ullara a bird loving stable girl Shalmanat the protectress of the Li Heng and even the notorious feared beastly creature that haunts the radius of the city One point I have to say is awesome is when we realise where the name Dancer originated fromSome people have posted gripes with the way that Ian writes and his skill not being anywhere near that of Steven Erikson I had no problem with his pace descriptive nature the way he presented the world's ideology history magic and it was a story that I devoured Maybe his writing has improved but I am looking forward to reading other books of his Return of the Crimson Guard is high on my priorities to read now I am intrigued also to see how some of the characters introduced to me here who aren't as freuent in Erikson's novel's such as the Crimson Guard behave and develop in ICE's other books Would this be a good entry point for the whole Malazan world for a new reader Perhaps Due to the limited amount of POV's and the many stunning events make this a good stand alone read Maybe I take it for granted though as I am aware of the history magical systems etc that would be lost confusing on a new reader and they may be out of their depth I'd recommend going the normal route with Erikson first but if you like the sound of this review and you haven't read Malazan by all means take a gamble and let me know what you think I can't wait for the next installment Thank you Ian Peace xwwwyouandibookswordpresscom

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S LiHeng One is named Dorin and he comes determined to prove himself the most skilled assassin of his age; he is chasing the other youth a Dal Hon mage who has proven himself annoyingly difficult to kill Li Heng has been guided and warded for centuries by the powerful sorceress known as the Protectress and she allows no rivals She and her cabal of five mage servants were enough to repel the uon Tali Iron Legions what could two youths hope to accomplish under their stifling rule. ICE has final produce the 5 book I've been waiting for and this is better than some of the Erikson books for the first time The differences for me are that for the first time he used empathy for the characters and the people in general Second he did foreboding and portentous events with the correct leveling In the past he either over did it beating you in the head with a shovel or did in a way that only confused the issue Third his general writing style has comes so far since Night of Knives This still isn't an Erikson book which has it's plusses and minuses The end convergence and the sorrow build into the characters isn't at the same level You don't need to follow every words so cautiously feeling you'll miss something completely if you don't When completed you don't feel like you fought Tyson circa 1991 either ICE has stuck to his style and perfected it The story is much straightforward which is nice at times when the author just gives you an information dump The biggest thing is anybody who has read the main serieswho doesn't want to know Kellanved and Dancer's story Plus there's a host of others we get a clearer picture of or in some cases a view not scene before at all I cannot wait until November and Deadhouse Landing

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Dancer's LamentYet under the new and ambitious King Chulalorn the Third Itko Kan is on the march from the south He sends his own assassin servants the Nightblades against the city and there are hints that he also commands inhuman forces out of legend While above all shadows swirl oddly about Li Heng and monstrous slathering beasts seem to appear from nowhere to run howling through the street It is a time of chaos and upheaval and in chaos as the young Dal Hon mage would say there is opportunit. Sweet Jesus is this book for realLooks like heaven on earth in the Malazan universe to me