Dancer's Lament PDF/EPUB Á Paperback

Dancer's Lament PDF/EPUB Á Paperback
    Dancer's Lament PDF/EPUB Á Paperback sorceress known as the Protectress , and she allows no rivals She and her cabal of five mage servants were enough to repel the Quon Tali Iron Legions what could two youths hope to accomplish under their stifling rule Yet 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 legendWhile 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 opportunity."/>
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Dancer's Lament
  • Ian C. Esslemont
  • English
  • 23 August 2019
  • 0765379457

Dancer's Lament❮BOOKS❯ ✭ Dancer's Lament Author Ian C. Esslemont – Essayreview.co.uk Taking Malazan fans back to that troubled continent s turbulent early history The opening chapter in Ian C Esslemont s epic new fantasy sequence, the Path to Ascendancy trilogyFor ages warfare has cri Taking Malazan fans back to that troubled continent s turbulent early history The opening chapter in Ian C Esslemont s epic new fantasy sequence, the Path to Ascendancy trilogyFor ages warfare has crippled the continent as minor city states, baronies, and principalities fought in an endless round of hostilities Only the alliance of the rival Tali and Quon cities could field the resources to mount a hegemony from coast to coast and thus become known as Quon TaliIt 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 is Li Heng 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 killLi 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 Quon Tali Iron Legions what could two youths hope to accomplish under their stifling rule Yet 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 legendWhile 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 opportunity.


About the Author: Ian C. Esslemont

IAN CAMERON ESSLEMONT was born in in Winnipeg, Canada He has a degree in Creative Writing, studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years He now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his wife and children and is currently working on his PhD in English LiteratureIan C Esslemont and Steven Erikson co created the Malazan world in as a backdrop for role playing games In they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon When the script did not sell, Erikson greatly expanded the story and turned it into a novel.


10 thoughts on “Dancer's Lament

  1. says:

    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 islinear that the previous series entrants that I have read written by Steven Erikson It isstory 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 pieces.The action 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 islinear that the previous series entrants that I have read written by Steven Erikson It isstory 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 pieces.The action follows the stories and point of views of three characters Dorin Rav Dancer enough said , Iko a female sword dancer guard 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 from.Some 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 frequent 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 xwww.youandibooks.wordpress.com

  2. says:

    2nd reread edit full series review out next week Reread edit so much love for this on the second read through Next book out in November so if any Malazan fans haven t picked this one up yet, get to it.it s well worth your time My experience of this book was entirely that of gleeful absorption and joyful celebration because it s about Dancer and Kellanved If you have read Erikson s Malazan books and these two characters aren t on your favourites list, then you need to read the series a 2nd reread edit full series review out next week Reread edit so much love for this on the second read through Next book out in November so if any Malazan fans haven t picked this one up yet, get to it.it s well worth your time My experience of this book was entirely that of gleeful absorption and joyful celebration because it s about Dancer and Kellanved If you have read Erikson s Malazan books and these two characters aren t on your favourites list, then you need to read the series again, because you re reading it wrong.My main concern was that learningabout these two would lessen the frustrating, yet enticing, mystery they represent, but it was not the case Seeing them in their less than fully formed state is frequently amusing, but also chilling, because we know the future, and that future starts here The only actual review like addition i m going to make to this piece of enthusiasm is that I really enjoyed Esslemont s style in this book Having only read Night of Knives before now, the skill level he showed in this novel has increased tenfold He nails the humour and there are moments of unsettling menace that chilled me I m already eager forHuge thanks to Ian C Esslemont, Random House Transworld Publishers, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review

  3. says:

    I ve slept on this rating, and I m still calling this a 5 star bookHe was Dancer now, and Dancer from now on This review is up at my new blog that I ll be doing with a few friends check it out hereFirst of all, the Dramatis Personae in this book had me confused in so many ways The only name I even recognized was Dassem and K rul As we find out, not everyone s name that we ve come to know had that name in the beginning With that said, let s get into the review, shall we Dancer s Lament I ve slept on this rating, and I m still calling this a 5 star bookHe was Dancer now, and Dancer from now on This review is up at my new blog that I ll be doing with a few friends check it out hereFirst of all, the Dramatis Personae in this book had me confused in so many ways The only name I even recognized was Dassem and K rul As we find out, not everyone s name that we ve come to know had that name in the beginning With that said, let s get into the review, shall we Dancer s Lament is the first installment of the series that will show how the Malazan Empire came to be We get to follow Dorin Rav, a young man of Tali who aspires to be an assassin Silk, a Li Heng city mage Iko, the newest recruit in the king s body guard aka Kanese Sword Dancers and Sister Night, a powerful ancient sorceress This story does take place in Quon Tali, but mostly stays in the city state of Li Heng which, before now, had enjoyed relative stability, for centuries, under the guidance of the powerful sorceress known as the Protectress Suffice it to say that she s not too happy about the arrival of our 2 trouble makers Dorin Rav and Wu The former is a very skilled assassin eager to join a guild and the latter is a Dal Hon mage who is much harder to kill than they expected For all the Book of the Fallen veterans, you may recognize these two wink wink We also have a new and ambitious king and his forces from Itko Kan are marching upon Li Heng He has sent his own assassins, the Nightblades, on ahead of him along with rumors that he has inhuman, nightmarish forces at his command If I would ve read Esslemont s Malazan Empire series, I m sure I would ve recognized so many other characters But since I haven t, I missed out on a bit of the story Reading his Malazan Empire series isn t necessary to enjoy this book, but it helps to do so so you can get the full scope of this book I still thoroughly enjoyed this book even without getting those references We get to see so many characters from the Book of the Fallen here, and it was so cool to be able to see most of the big players as kids here I would love to mention just how many characters make cameos, but it has a muchjaw dropping effect when you read it and stumble upon them for yourself I think that was half of what made me love this book so much Seeing so many major players before they were.well..major players.And my goodness this was a great installment in the Malazan world It was, in my opinion, on par with any of Erikson s books It has a completely different feel to it, but in a very good way It s a small, quaint story without a broad sweeping universe playing a role and without massive 100k people battles It s also very straightforward narratively, without a lot of flowery prose, and without a lot of analogies or metaphors But it is also very competent, so don t take simplicity as an indication of poor writing I think it s the simplicity that made this so enjoyable Erikson s writing can be so complicated, at times, so it was nice to get an origins Malazan story where I m not constantly wondering what something really means, being able to take everything at face value Also, none of the 2 page philosophical musings was pretty nice Dancer s Lament makes me so excited for what s to come in the Path to Ascendancy series It s got just about everything I loved from the Book of the Fallen, but in acompact and easier to read package Highly recommend to anyone who has finished the main series and is looking for someof that Malazan fix I would also recommend thinking about possibly reading Esslemont s Malazan Empire series first Just so you can fully enjoy this one But it s not necessary if you feel like skipping them for now

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    My first 5 star rating this year, and it s a Malazan book.I love the world of Malazan, and the Malazan Book of the Fallen stands as my favourite grimdark fantasy series However, these are not books which one can pick up to read for fun Not only were the worldbuilding complex and the cast of characters extensive, but the prose was also dense and philosophical Moreover, the narrative frequently messaged dark and bleak themes To be honest, it felt like work sometimes to read MBOTF, albeit wor My first 5 star rating this year, and it s a Malazan book.I love the world of Malazan, and the Malazan Book of the Fallen stands as my favourite grimdark fantasy series However, these are not books which one can pick up to read for fun Not only were the worldbuilding complex and the cast of characters extensive, but the prose was also dense and philosophical Moreover, the narrative frequently messaged dark and bleak themes To be honest, it felt like work sometimes to read MBOTF, albeit work that I thoroughly enjoyed.As such, my rating should not come as a surprise Except, that this is the same author for Night of Knives, which I only gave 2.5 stars, and Return of the Crimson Guard, which I rated 3.5 stars I have not even continued with the rest of the Malazan Empire series.The most notable difference between Dancer s Lament and those two mentioned above was Esslemont s writing, which improved greatly This is good and accessible writing that makes reading effortless a first for Malazan books In Night of Knives and Return of the Crimson Guard, I felt that Esslemont was trying to write like Erikson and it didn t work for me This time though, I would say that Esslemont had found his groove when he wrote Dancer s Lament, and I loved the result.Even better, this prequel trilogy s main characters are two of my favourite characters in MBOTF Dancer and Kellanved Dancer s Lament was the story of how a Talian assassin and a Dal Honese mage formed an unlikely partnership in the city of Li Heng While they were not known by those names at the start of the book, not too subtle hints and descriptions were all it took for me to identify them as our eponymous duoA few well placed thrusts and their stashes of coin rode tightly wrapped in a baldric across his chest a baldric that also supported a selection of graded blades and lengths of rope He was of the opinion that one can never carry too much rope Prequels are tricky to write because our investment in these main characters did not translate to any fear or concern of their well being since we know that they survived Notwithstanding, having the benefit of also understanding the future story and relationship between the main characters did add to the overall enjoyment as we slowly peel away the layers of history Another great experience while reading prequels was when bits of foreshadowing started falling into place about what we knew of these individuals The story behind how Dancer got his name and assassin s sigil was beautifully poignant I believe that what truly makes a prequel work are the side characters Primarily because these were the people who helped shape the person that our main character would become The characterisation in his book was superb as Esslemont extends the readers empathy be it for a known, well loved, or new face name Of course, we do get to see many other familiar and well known names as these two personalities did have very far reaching involvement or to beexact when it comes to Kellanved, meddling in the affairs of the world.Dancer s Lament was also the funniest Malazan book I ve ever read The early interaction between Dancer and Kellanved was comedy gold The writing style worked so well for this narrative Regardless, this did not mean that the book was light hearted, as we are talking about the world of Malazan after all The ending chapters of the book illuminated the horrors of war with some rather graphic scenes of the casualties and their sufferingNot only the name behind this sorcery troubled her the very unleashing of the tactic worried her For it was a truism of all the treatises of warfare and strategy that she d read just as the sword is answered by the sword, so too is sorcery answered by sorcery As with all that is of this world, the sorcery was blindingly devastating, and it came with a price Even so, Dancer s Lament lacked the typical epic convergence endings of MBOTF The story s focus on characterisation, however, didthan compensate for the absence of an epic climactic sequence In short, Dancer s Lament is now one of my favourite Malazan books, and the best novel by Esslemont that I ve read to date I usually take a short break in between books written in this intricate and complex world However, with the ease of enjoyment I had with the first instalment of this series, I am going to dive right into the sequel nextYou can order this book from Book Depository Free shipping worldwideYou can also find this and my other reviews at Novel Notions.

  5. says:

    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 Knive 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 muchstraightforward which is nice at times when the author just gives you an information dump The biggest thing is anybody who has read the main series..who 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

  6. says:

    WOW Mr Esslemont Just WOW After building me up with Orb Spectre, Throne and then crushing me with Blood and Bone, I am deliriously happy to announce that Dancer s Lament is your finest work yet.Fantastic being back in the Malazan world and with a history lesson to be had from two of the most interesting characters in the entire series Dancers Lament, as all Malazan fans will be aware, is the how Cotillion The Rope becomes the man he is that we know in MBotF His meeting with Ammanas and how WOW Mr Esslemont Just WOW After building me up with Orb Spectre, Throne and then crushing me with Blood and Bone, I am deliriously happy to announce that Dancer s Lament is your finest work yet.Fantastic being back in the Malazan world and with a history lesson to be had from two of the most interesting characters in the entire series Dancers Lament, as all Malazan fans will be aware, is the how Cotillion The Rope becomes the man he is that we know in MBotF His meeting with Ammanas and how their friendship becomes and their goals together There are a few gems in here of other characters from ICE s stories and I throughly enjoyed meeting some of them Silk in particular was a fun read.So I can say I loved this book and wait eagerly for the next in the series A must read for fan missing the Malazan world

  7. says:

    Dancer s Lament,first book inPath to Ascendancyseries, is not a prequel It s the first book of a new series set in the early history of theMalazan EmpireDistinction very important to indicate less we woke Ian s ire.But, in all seriousness, it is my hope thatwhen finishedpeople in future will startMalazan Book of the Fallenseries from this book instead ofGardens of the Moon,written bySteven Erikson While this book stands on its own, without any need of yourDancer s Lament,first book inPath to Ascendancyseries, is not a prequel It s the first book of a new series set in the early history of theMalazan EmpireDistinction very important to indicate less we woke Ian s ire.But, in all seriousness, it is my hope thatwhen finishedpeople in future will startMalazan Book of the Fallenseries from this book instead ofGardens of the Moon,written bySteven Erikson While this book stands on its own, without any need of your prior knowledge to be read, it will hopefully invoke both interest to explore this world further and also give much neededand endlessly complained aboutintroduction to abrupt start of Steven Erikson s Gardens of the MoonLess anyone ever again utters those heretic words such as I don t understand or I m lost and this is hard etc But again, seriously, even after three reads of the main series, while reading this book, I found myself surprised with my lack of understanding of certain things and events, both of which this book explained and clarified to me and prepared me for next one This is my first read of Ian s book and I honestly didn t know what to expect It s no secret that I hold dear and very close to my heart Malazan Book of the Fallen series, and consider it as a peak of epic fantasy and best it has produced in history of the genre And that s thequite unfairreason why avoided Ian s previous books in which story is parallel and overlaps that of main series For some twisted reason I feared my opinion and enjoyment would be sullied if it happens that Ian fails to deliver But now that I m reading chronologically everything that was written about this world I wanted to embrace every single thing in it and enjoy journey with everything it has to offer.After finishing this book I think I m evenexcited about this journey, if that was possible.Dancer s Lament is different than main series andKharkanasprequels First and foremost in its approach Focus of this book is to tell personal story of very few POV characters just three actually where consequences of their actions are almost immediate and glaringly obvious to reader It s also written without that romantic philosophical prosewhich was shockingly apparent especially after archaic prose in Kharkanasthere is constant feeling of progress without charactersand yourspondering throughout It s less metaphorical.Which doesn t mean it lacks depth It s simply a matter of angle of approach to this worldStory and Characters Story is set in inland cityLi Hengof Central Malazan Empire s continentQuon TaliThe city itself is under the rule of powerful sorceressShalamant,known asThe Protectressand her coterie of five mages.Together they give resistance to the siege of Li Heng under ambitious king ofItko Kan, Chulalorn,and constant infiltration of the city with his assassinsNightblades,as well as whip sword wielding bodyguards sent on a diplomatic mission.In the city is also youngDorin,trained assassin, trying to work his way up in criminal underground and gain reputation despite his young appearance and there is alsoWu,seemingly a charlatan or very incompetent mage, trying to gain access to secrets of a certain misplaced and forgottenWarren Realm of magic Dorin s relationship with Wu is as funny and precious as that ofCotillion swithShadowthrone That s all I m going to say about that.We follow three POV characters, and each separately provides us with glimpses of different parts of the story.With already mentioned Dorin we see how Li Heng s simple citizens cope with siege, as well as exploration of magic realm with his quite unfortunate crossings with Wu We get to experience battles those sieges inevitably bring through the eyes of mageSilk,as well as other side s perspective of the conflict with whip sword Kanese girlIko All of them, in their own experiences of the world around them, get to grow, shape and change their views, first and foremost of themselves, then of the people and in the end of the world itself.Beside them, one of the most interesting characters was definitely The Protectress herself At first glance she seems like another bland and overpowered character, but when she sees certain elder Warren resurfacing, with realization what that means and whichSonmight be summoned to inspect this occurrence, you would think she is paralyzed with fear And if you are familiar with history of the world, you ll notice it s not just fear that makes her eyesight fall , but deep shame and regrets of injustice long time ago committed.You ll find yourself empathetic to her character.As for other characters, yes, you can expect cameos of major ones, which is always great view spoiler DASSEM ULTOR hide spoiler All in all, I think Esslemont stroked perfect balance with action and character focus, adding familiar humor to the mix, which brought a very solid entrance to both Path to Ascendancy and Malazan Book of the Fallen series respectively3 5 Deadhouse Landing Path to Ascendancy Book 3 Ultimate Malazan Chronological Reading Order

  8. says:

    Sweet Jesus, is this book for real Looks like heaven on earth in the Malazan universe to me.

  9. says:

    I enjoyed that It was a whole new world and I actually enjoyed that, even though it was really confusing.

  10. says:

    Dancer s Lament was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and not only was I stunned actually be approved for an advanced copy, I was pleasantly surprised that the book exceeded my expectations I ve read most of Esslemont s other books set in the Malazan empire and thought they were quality stories, but didn t capture my imagination quite as strongly as the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Erikson They were an excellent source of enrichment and added depth as well as breadth to the M Dancer s Lament was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and not only was I stunned actually be approved for an advanced copy, I was pleasantly surprised that the book exceeded my expectations I ve read most of Esslemont s other books set in the Malazan empire and thought they were quality stories, but didn t capture my imagination quite as strongly as the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Erikson They were an excellent source of enrichment and added depth as well as breadth to the Malazan world as a whole Dancer s Lament is by far my favorite book written by Ian Esslemont I read it in two sittings, which for me at least is unheard of when it comes to these books because they are quite dense in regards to subject matter and require 100% of your attention The characters in this story will be most familiar to those who ve read the main Malazan Book of the Fallen story arc and it s like finding Easter eggs the whole way through Dorin, an assassin, is the main protagonist, though other perspectives are shown as the story progresses I m sure those familiar to this world can guess who this turns out to be, as with Wu the Dal Honese mage who happens to walk with a cane It s a great introduction to these characters and I so look forward to seeing what mischief they get into in the coming books There were some really excellent side character in this book and for the most part, I couldn t place them in the other series Silk for instance, seemed incredibly familiar did he end up in the Crimson Guard, or am I crazy and I thought he was an interesting character Ullara was my favorite secondary character, mostly because she took care of all these really incredibly bird of prey and then she basically adopted Dorin too The appearances of the Azathanai got me really excited I was like, I KNOW WHO THIS IS HOW ARE THEY INVOLVED Also, Hood is involved and at this point in the narrative that means Dassem is involved too I always wished that we had gotten to see himin the other books, but here he is The actual storyline of this was really just classic and it seems as if it will blend seamlessly with the other story arcs and tie everything up in a nice neat little package I wasn t sure what I was expecting out of this, but I loved how the story details not only the meeting of Dancer and Kellanved but the turmoil and politics of the Talian continent prior to the Malazan Empire It s like Erikson and Esslemont are putting all their creative talents into making a world that nearly lives and breathes it s so beautifully rendered Dancer s Lament is a must read for current fans and those just starting their journey into the Malazan empire I would have to say that this is Esslemont s best work yet and I look forward to seeing how he ll tell the rest of this story For those who want to begin reading these books, I would recommend starting with The Malazan Book of the Fallen series prior to this, but you can start with Dancer s Lament and it shouldn t be too confusing I found itenjoyable for having read almost all the other books written by both Erikson and Esslemont

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