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First things first Do not read this before the main series It will not have the same series impacting ramifications With no frame of reference of where these characters go and the deeds they do it will lack the impact of ages Second this is heavier on social political theorizing than BotF I know, how much heavier given if you ve read it could it possibly be I think the difference is this book lacks the levity given by the Marines and the Tehol and Bugg type relationships Much like in the First things first Do not read this before the main series It will not have the same series impacting ramifications With no frame of reference of where these characters go and the deeds they do it will lack the impact of ages Second this is heavier on social political theorizing than BotF I know, how much heavier given if you ve read it could it possibly be I think the difference is this book lacks the levity given by the Marines and the Tehol and Bugg type relationships Much like in the main series we are given a smattering Anomander I had thought going in this would be his series and he certainly has a large presence in his limited screen time but SE always leaves us wantingfrom the first son of darkness Although this book belongs to many of our beloved characters the centerpiece of this book is Draconus His origins, actions, plots and schemes are central to everything else going on Likewise to Anomander we get peeks into Silchas and Andarist and also the relationships of the three I think the two characters I came out of this book with a new appreciation for from BotF were Andarist and Kadaspala There characters in the main series were POVs that seemed to lack some life Reading their backstories was brilliant SE s message of never judge a person until you ve walked a mile in their shoes was brilliant The two stories that were intertwined that I loved the most were Gothos and Hood One chasing the sunrise and the other the sunset The folly becoming so much clearer as did the goal described as He is such a fool I fear my heart will burst in reference to Hood Although there was a convergence it wasn t quite like BotF This was a building book and there s so many open storylines that I cannot wait to get to One star less than every other Erikson I ve read and reviewed I loved the moments of revelation, where we find out exactly how these people met or this weapon was forged, when this split happened and why Reading it has added so muchto some of my favourite characters, their motivation and origins.However, there is a lot of philosophical introspection A lot Some of it was interesting, but then it was a bit much It loses its power when it becomes the go to way of thinking for every chara One star less than every other Erikson I ve read and reviewed I loved the moments of revelation, where we find out exactly how these people met or this weapon was forged, when this split happened and why Reading it has added so muchto some of my favourite characters, their motivation and origins.However, there is a lot of philosophical introspection A lot Some of it was interesting, but then it was a bit much It loses its power when it becomes the go to way of thinking for every character Nevertheless, it hasn t toppled Erikson from the top seat On to the next Do you know, when you see in darkness, nothing is hidden Nothing, but darkness itself Was there a slightest doubt in my mind how this would be anything less than a beginning of an epic journey Not even for a moment Because one of the characteristics of the great book is that it has capacity to realize whatever its readers are dreaming of reading.Greatest book ever written No.Best book I have read this year Out of 90 fantasy books absolutelyStory Forge of DarknessisDo you know, when you see in darkness, nothing is hidden Nothing, but darkness itself Was there a slightest doubt in my mind how this would be anything less than a beginning of an epic journey Not even for a moment Because one of the characteristics of the great book is that it has capacity to realize whatever its readers are dreaming of reading.Greatest book ever written No.Best book I have read this year Out of 90 fantasy books absolutelyStory Forge of Darknessis an epic tale of family and relationships within What kind of rift can jealousy and betrayal create, or what kind of festered wounds can unspoken words inflict What sorts of tragedies could eventually come out of it.It s also a tale which is heavily focusing on a decadency of an empire and exploration of what is its actual cause Is threat coming from the outside, influenced by a foreign magic or is it coming from within, created by envy and greed With soldiers yearning for battles in the midst of peace, religious strife within the clerics and ever changing world relentlessly moving forward,Kurald Galainis faced with a civil war.And you ll get the front seatWorldbuilding, History and Lore What I do not recall I shall invent First, there wasDarknessDarkness so absolute, so palpable it could be grasped, held cupped in the palm, sifting down through the fingers If any entropy dared forming back then, it would be nothing but a feeble promise of potential.Potential patiently awaiting for a spark, a gentle push of disorder in this endless tranquility Chaos that would stir a life in opposition to nothingness, declaring war on it.The sun opened its eye, dividing reality intoLightandDark,forever condemning them to battle each other in the struggle of life itself.But one without the other could not exist Because Light could not be defined without Darkness, and Darkness could not be explained without the Light.Opposition best explained in their comparison or simple lack of it to those minds hidden and trapped in shadows they have createdMother Darkhad, before embracing Darkness, been a mortalTistewoman, known by her birth name beautiful, vivacious, possessor of unimaginable strengths and unexpected frailties a woman like any other.Upon death of her Queen and half sister, out of envy and spite they tried to deny her throne her sister kept, throne that was now rightfully hers Until the day she found theGate Tell me, when you were a child, did you not fear the darkness I imagine we all did And what was it about darkness that we feared The unknown, I suppose Where things might hide Ahh, but we are no longer children Darkness holds no terrors we are past the time when the unknown threatens us Darkness consumed her, because Darkness was many things but most of all, it was selfish.With the help of her consortDraconus,she did not hesitate, she leapt into the wild realm, straight intoChaositself And returned, but not the same woman she had been before.Now they call her goddess Now they know her face as Dark s own, her presence as the elemental force itself.Settled in Tiste s ancient land adjacent to those ofJaghut, Azathanai, Forulkanand rest of ancient founding species, she named her realmKurald Galain, Breath of Chaos A much needed breath for already dying land.She ruled, from the city ofKharkanas,capital of theHold of Darkness,a society intertwined with lesser and greater houses, highborn families, their bastards and hostages Because at this time it was a common Tiste practice for aHigh Housefamily to guarantee a treaty by holding one orhostages from a family of equal status.Upon the blessing ofNimander,for his service to Mother Dark, all land holdings he possessed were given to Mother Dark, and all those Tiste born to the bloodline, and their attendant staff, warriors, mendicants and scholars, now served her, taking the name ofAndii, Children of Night First among those children, first among three brothersAnomandarisof the High HousePurake On the edges of Kurald Galain poisonous sea is forming, aVitrIn its expansion it s polluting and corroding, taking bit by bit, with each oncoming wave, claiming the realm of Kurald Galain for itself.And from that poisonous sea a figure emerges Carrying a gift for Mother Dark Carrying LightLiossan Magic System A moment, master Is this a tale It is I seek to give you knowledge Useful knowledge That depends Oh Those of you who are familiar with the main series probably have at least a vague notion how magic worked in that world Those of you who don t brace yourselvesWarrensBasic definition of a Warren is a realm from which sorcerer, mage, shaman, priest, or whomever else might use magic, draws their power from.Warrens could be used as a physical manifestation, which means how those who can wield magic can enter these Warrens and use them for quicker travel, as sort of transportation or they can use certain aspects of these Warrens on elemental basis to shape magic in real world and use them to heal, mend, hurt, break, scorch, freeze, sink etc.Now, there are two classes of these WarrensElder Warrenswhich belong to certain races e.g Kurald Galain belongs to Tiste Andii, Kurald Emurlan to Tiste Edur, Omtose Phellack to Jaghut, Starvald Demelain to Dragons etcPathswhich are being used mostly by humans and which derive fromK rull sblood.Ah, there we go My point K rull of race Azathanai.Who or what are Azathanai No one knows Not even themselves But they are powerful Extremely powerful Godlike powerful.They are not bound by flesh, they can choose whichever form they wish to.Are they immortal beings No one knows, since no one witnessed any of them dying.So Among Azathanai, there was one chap who liked to experiment And to test his immortality on one lovely day he decided to slit his own wrists and bleed out.But he didn t Actually, from his wounds he opened upon himself, in the blood itself, he gave mysterious power Sorcery Magic in many currents and flavors.Each one for every founding race Jaghut have their own, as do Forulkan s As do Tiste.The blood leaks from him, in thin trickles, in heavy drops, and so his power passes out into the worldIs your tale at an end It is But you ended nowhere I did warned you Characters It is not Anomander s tale alone He is perhaps the least of it I think it was clear from the very first book inMalazan Book of the Fallenseries,Gardens of the Moon,that with Steven, you ll be thrown in the middle of action, that there s no slower setting and gradual buildup of the story awaiting you Not even when you get to go back 300 000 years in the past Yes, we do see all those legendary characters, Anomander and his brothers, we see mothers, elder sisters and younger versions of those characters we loved in the main series, we see them in different forms and, some of them, different shapes, literally We get to seeEnvyandSpitebeing eventerrifying As kids And we get unpleasant introduction with sister we haven t met so far,Malice We started this journey with Tiste s not even yet divided intoAndii, LiossanandEdurcasts but on the other hand, with Mother Dark already at the very peak of her ascension, Draconus on the move and schism already been created within followers of Darkness We get to experience Kurald Galain, that utopian world Anomander would longingly speak of so often, at its end, dying.So everything we were promised and expected hearing what this book is about which is prequel and beginning and connecting the dots when reading its tittle is twisted And it s wonderful.Wonderful because in our thwarted expectations we get to be pleasantly surprised with new characters, such asArathan,Draconus bastard son, who at age of 17 still doesn t know who his mother is, and if it can get any worse, his own father won t even acknowledge existence of this unwanted child, destined for mediocrity.And as always with Erikson, we get to intrude characters deepest thoughts and desires, mother s longing, brother s madness, lover s griefWe get to share everything that defines their actions and understand them like they were, not just real, but closest friends and family as well3.83 5 I can t wait to start next bookFall of Light 3.91 5 Walk in Shadows Book one of Erikson s new prequel trilogy that provides an easier access point for new readers to his 10 book Malazan series Forge of Darkness is a Shakespearean influenced epic narrative detailing family, politics and the approach of civil war to a decadent empire Again Erikson uses multiple character points of view of seemingly disparate events to weave an elegant narrative tapestry The focus of the story is of mounting tensions, political and familial, in the realm of the Tiste Yet the fe Book one of Erikson s new prequel trilogy that provides an easier access point for new readers to his 10 book Malazan series Forge of Darkness is a Shakespearean influenced epic narrative detailing family, politics and the approach of civil war to a decadent empire Again Erikson uses multiple character points of view of seemingly disparate events to weave an elegant narrative tapestry The focus of the story is of mounting tensions, political and familial, in the realm of the Tiste Yet the feel of this story is one of a tighter narrative,focused, than some of his earlier fantasy novels The depth and complexity of language, the intricate character portraits and his use of convergence to bring apparently unrelated plotlines to remarkable intersections remain a strength of his writing There is plenty in this novel to please fans of the previous series, while knowledge of the Malazan universe is not necessary to enjoy this novel For those who enjoy challenging, intelligent fantasy writing, Erikson is a must read author and he consistently rewards careful readings of his work The Malazan books are one of the few fantasy series that match Tolkien s breadth and depth of vision of a fantasy world, and one of the very few that still surprise, entertain and engage a reader over multiple readings Story 5 5 1 Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline5 Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking Wow, just Wow I have to admit, that when I heard that the first of the new stories was going to be based on early Kharakas and Mother Dark I was disappointed and started reading with some trepidation I am not a big fan of the Tiste Andii or Liossen, I really don t like Anomander Rake yes, really, I don t and prequels, regardless how far back to the beginning are never my Story 5 5 1 Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline5 Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking Wow, just Wow I have to admit, that when I heard that the first of the new stories was going to be based on early Kharakas and Mother Dark I was disappointed and started reading with some trepidation I am not a big fan of the Tiste Andii or Liossen, I really don t like Anomander Rake yes, really, I don t and prequels, regardless how far back to the beginning are never my favorites But, when I started reading I really started to get into the story and by the middle of the book I was completely hooked and having an OMG moment each day as new light was shed on my knowledge or thoughts of the entire story There is so much to this story, in true fashion, it probably raisedquestions than it answered and I was constantly posting to the group as i was amazed as history unfolded before me THe pace is typical Erikson and the only thing lacking in this compared to his MBotF series is the lack of humour Not because he has lost his touch, but because the Tiste are pretty dour humourless bunch and don t exactly have a comedy festival each year The Azantanai play a major part in this story, as does the Vitr sea and there is some absolutely jaw dropping one liners.Characters 4 5 1 Unrealistic unbelievable Feel nothing for these characters5 Fully engaged with the characters, believable Researched Typical Erikson style, plently of meat on his characters Beginning with some well known characters, the Purake brothers, Caledon Brood, Draconus and some of the nasty wenches like Spite and Envy There are a couple of really good character developments in this story, as usual, Erikson takes a simple soldier and weaves an amazing story around the horror of war, with the battles on the field and the battles in the soldiers heads as they try to maintain some semblance of humanity and empathy as each step towards depravity is forced upon them.I am going for four stars on the characters only because as I mentioned before, there is not the humour and i don t like the Tiste Andii, so nothing against the writing, but not my favourite people I wanted Black Swamp and the Mott s for the next books.Read Weight Heavy Fluffy, Light, Solid, Heavy, Struggle If you are not used to Erikson, you ll find it heavy, there is no easy read with this author You have to put the time and concentration into reading his books Your knowledge of an entire world, races and characters, when you do so will blow you away.Engagement 5 5 1 Not fussed about finishing5 Could stay up all night I was lucky I did a lot of flying I got to read ig chunks at once I wish book two was available.Recommend 5 5 1 Would advise you to read something else5 Go read it now It is THAT good ONLY if you have read his Malazan series If you haven t you need to first Technically this book is a stand alone, but you ll miss so much of the reference material that I am not sure how good a read it would be, There is nobody NOBODY like Erikson The only one who comes close in creating a world is China, even so I don t become as obsessed when reading him Whoa, we ve got the ancient crew here Draconus is the main character Mother Dark is still a Tiste altho she has been to the gate so has transcended with power but she isn t a goddess until the end She s lost in her darkness, reveling in it and having great sex with Draconus Her children are dividing over this, they don t like Draconus And who i There is nobody NOBODY like Erikson The only one who comes close in creating a world is China, even so I don t become as obsessed when reading him Whoa, we ve got the ancient crew here Draconus is the main character Mother Dark is still a Tiste altho she has been to the gate so has transcended with power but she isn t a goddess until the end She s lost in her darkness, reveling in it and having great sex with Draconus Her children are dividing over this, they don t like Draconus And who is he anyway Many are also agitating against the nobility They war with the Assail is over, but during it the hero was a regular guy, and that s who the middle and lower class want Mother Dark to marry Soap opera among the Tiste Squabbling just like humans Class warfare Except they are a dark people, tending to gloomy thoughts We also have here the Azath, I loved learningabout them This is not the action Erikson so some of you might be disappointed Lots of philosophizing and no battles Not yet The war is over, there s major discontent, another war looms Oh we still have the armies, 2 of them, and we get the army scenes, the subterfuge and conspiracies, but it hasn t become all out war with the battle coming at the end of the book, like the Malazan books But this is most definitely the Malazan world, well pre Malazan, pre human even Even so we are back in the Erikson universe.LOVE IT When is bk 2 coming out, argggggh This is not a review This is sort of a praise.First, a paragraph from the book That said, he knew that he was a poor teacher He wove hishistories as if they were inventions, disconnected and notrelevant Worse, he preferred the sweeping wash of colour toobsessive detail, ineffable feeling over intense analysis, possibilityover probability he was, by any measure, a dreadful historian Oh the irony Apparently what Steven Erikson finds dreadful in a historian, I cherish in a fantasy writer Let This is not a review This is sort of a praise.First, a paragraph from the book That said, he knew that he was a poor teacher He wove hishistories as if they were inventions, disconnected and notrelevant Worse, he preferred the sweeping wash of colour toobsessive detail, ineffable feeling over intense analysis, possibilityover probability he was, by any measure, a dreadful historian Oh the irony Apparently what Steven Erikson finds dreadful in a historian, I cherish in a fantasy writer Let me say, I can t see myself dipped into a 10 book fantasy world if i don t like the writer Better than OK story put aside, I linger on the pages Steven Erikson focuses on the countless number of characters I like the way he tells about them from their own point of view The word ineffable loses its meaning on those pages for me anyway No other writer has done this for me and as a fantasy fan who flipped through a large array of fantasy books, i think i m safe to say no one ever will A confession When i read the prelude which was published here a couple of months ago, i thought it was uninteresting and he was losing his touch But when i got the book and read past the prelude, i remembered this is how he rolls It s like he hides bits of ordinary fantasy in the story Theyou find these bits, theyou re committed to the book and when you read say a hundred pages you put the fantasy on second place and indulge in his intense story telling, marvel at the detail of the world he created and his unique characters.I am delighted to be in the same world of Malazan series and especially in a different time The Forge of Darkness is Steven Erikson s first novel after he finished his 10 book Malazan cycle It delves into the ancient history of the same world and tells us about the struglles of a vast cast of characters set before the picture of a looming civil war in Kharkanas, home of the self proclaimed goddess Mother Dark, head of the Tiste nation.As typical for Erikson the novel goes far beyond the concept of characters, plot and setting Often characters are just invented to present a philosophi The Forge of Darkness is Steven Erikson s first novel after he finished his 10 book Malazan cycle It delves into the ancient history of the same world and tells us about the struglles of a vast cast of characters set before the picture of a looming civil war in Kharkanas, home of the self proclaimed goddess Mother Dark, head of the Tiste nation.As typical for Erikson the novel goes far beyond the concept of characters, plot and setting Often characters are just invented to present a philosophical debate Those debates range from genius, if you are interested in the topic to lackluster and annoying, if you re not If you re not interested in those questions at all, this book is not for you.Trying to sayabout the content, is trying to explain the ocean to a goldfish, who only knows the inside of his bowl.One theme within the book is definately the concept of childhood and its implied innocence in contrast to the harsh world of adult, where actions have consequences, you are responsible for what you do and the look into the mirror exposes a stranger, whose soul is stained with regret.We have eager, young characters who want nothingthan grow up and we have old and broken ones, who yearn for the simplicity of childhood.But beware, the concept of birth and childhood goes way beyond the characters But see for yourself, the rest would be telling.The second dominating concept is how we answer loss of loved ones Do we just grieve for them, or are we filled with the rage of vengeance This question comes up again and again in different disguises and as the book goes on and on getsdifficult to answer.But this is not the only difficult question Erikson looks into your soul with this books He asks uncomfortable questions that you normally tend to hide in a dark place of your mind If you don t really want to know what you might be capable of under the wrong circumstances this book is not for you.On the contrary, you should be very stable, cause this read is not for the feint of heart The sheer brutality of some images, the helplessness of the onlooker and all the truths you learn about yourself, might leave you scarred.The book had at least three images and a few questions that will haunt me for the next couple of years and may never leave me After finishing the book, a 10 hour carebear marathon might just be, what your soul demands to get in balance again And so I warn you for the third time If you re not mentally stable, this book is not for you.But if you are all this, the novel is delight of insight and Malazan history come to life Take my hand and journey with me to the shores of the Vitr, into the towers of the Jaghut and through the world of Kurald Galain Sleep with gods, run with Soletaken and hear the wail of your Hust Sword Be ready to be beaten into a new reader, a mere child before the world at the Forge of Darkness (Read Book) ë Forge of Darkness î Now is the time to tell the story of an ancient realm, a tragic tale that sets the stage for all the tales yet to come and all those already toldIt s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns But this ancient land was once home to many a power and even death is not quite eternal The commoners great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark s hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm, and as the rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake HoldSteven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut Gardens of the Moon Now he returns with the first novel in a trilogy that takes place millennia before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen and introduces readers to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness It is the epic story of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire A Will and a Way a tragic tale that sets the stage for all the tales yet to come and all those already toldIt s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain Something Terrible, Something Lovely the realm of Darkness النقد الذاتي بعد الهزيمة where Mother Dark reigns But this ancient land was once home to many a power and even death is not quite eternal The commoners great hero Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Games Master Pack Vatha Urusander Det svarta hjärtats vilja (Symbaroumsviten, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark s hand in marriage The Snow Queen - OBER - Grade 2 but her Consort Farewell Gulsary Lord Draconus Mated To The Vampire Clan stands in the way of such ambitions The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm Two Kinds of Love and as the rumors of civil war burn through the masses The New Penguin Atlas of Recent History an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness Tactics Anomander Mrs Rosie and the Priest Andarist Vinterviken and Silchas Ruin of the Purake HoldSteven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut Gardens of the Moon Now he returns with the first novel in a trilogy that takes place millennia before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen and introduces readers to Kurald Galain A Slip under the Microscope the warren of Darkness It is the epic story of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire Despite my love of the Malazan Book of the Fallen it s taken longer than I anticipated to get around to the Kharkanas prequel trilogy mainly because I discovered the Wheel of Time and have been reading the Ian C Esslemont related series Although ICE s series of books are brilliant, he s still second fiddle to the king of complex fantasy Steven Erikson.There was a little less enthusiasm for Forge of Darkness because I was expecting an Anomander Rake lovefest and although he s a great character I Despite my love of the Malazan Book of the Fallen it s taken longer than I anticipated to get around to the Kharkanas prequel trilogy mainly because I discovered the Wheel of Time and have been reading the Ian C Esslemont related series Although ICE s series of books are brilliant, he s still second fiddle to the king of complex fantasy Steven Erikson.There was a little less enthusiasm for Forge of Darkness because I was expecting an Anomander Rake lovefest and although he s a great character I fear a full book dedicated to the great man may have lessened his impact This wasn t even close to the truth as Rake barely appears and isn t the centre of attention.The book takes place in Kurald Galain just after the Tiste race s victory over the Jheleck, who sound like a variation of K Chain Che Malle Mother Dark sits on the Throne of Night and is cavorting with Draconus, which is proving to be an unpopular choice among the rest of the highborns Legend of war Vatha Urusander is the preferred choice to court Mother Dark but he s holed up in his castle slightly bitter that it s peace time and his Legion army is surplus to requirements His most loyal captains are also annoyed at the lack of action so they take it upon themselves to start a civil war There s also a couple of the usual side quests you d expect from an Erikson book.A great many themes are tackled in Forge of Darkness including religion, genocide, class war and communism It is heavy on philosophy and could be classed as self indulgent but Eriksons writing is so genius it doesn t feel that way Everything he writes is relevant to the story.It s slow going but it s book 1 of the trilogy so it s expected Over half the book is story building and seed planting and when the meat of the story does start there still isn t a lot happening I can only imagine this is an intro and Fall of Light is where the real action is at Despite the pace it s brilliant and is as good as any of the main Malazan books My final score was never in doubt