Forge of the High Mage

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Forge of the High Mage

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One question I was left with was the amount of time passing between the start of this series and the beginning of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Only snafu was the absolute sudden unexplained and glaring omission of a character on page 111 who should have had an explanation for his unresolved absence. The book's title is perfect in describing his character arc: which includes his doubts and concerns, trying to understand his place within the military, his working relationship with Nightchill and Dujek Onearm, as well as his magical potential, leading to mastery. Forge of the High Mage is a book that I have been eagerly awaiting since I finished my early review copy of Kellanved’s Reach in January 2019.

Malazan being my undisputed GOAT series, I feel almost obligated to read anything releasing in greater series. If you're running a script or application, please register or sign in with your developer credentials here. That's great, as it gives us more backstory and there are SO many stories to tell in the Malazan timeline. I was quite disappointed by the previous book, Kellanved’s Reach was far too short and spread across too many plotlines, but Forge of the High Mage is a great comeback to proper Malazan form.It is loaded with set pieces, contains wonderful dialogue, witty exchanges, explosive showdowns, unlikely alliances, and features some of the finest character creations that the genre has to offer. In a first for a Malazan novel, an additional two-page map is included in an addendum at the back of the book. Some of the finest moments of this tale occur when following a recognisable magic-wielder, the titular High Mage, Tayschrenn.

Most people have stopped that (not all, for some reason) and now you can enjoy his books and let them shine for what they are. I thought maybe Path of Ascendancy would follow every step of empire-making, but that would take forever and I’m guessing the goal is to touch upon the most important moments of the expansion.

I had slightly higher hopes for the exploration of Falar, for actually going into the dark underbelly of the Jhistal cult and in that respect, this book didn’t quite hit the mark. One minor criticism that I have with Forge to the High Mage, though, is that we spend less page time with the duo of Kellanved and Dancer, whose interactions are always memorable. He'll never reach the heights of Steven Erikson but not all Malazan books have to be 1000-page tomes full of philosophy.

There are some very good action sequences and some interesting events, I especially liked all the lore regarding the priesthood of Mael. The lack of consistency and timeline is something that is prevalent throughout the entire main series and side books (some more and some less than others), so it should come as no surprise that this book follows the pattern. I didn’t expect this volume to be so Tayschrenn centric, but it does such a fantastic job revealing the underpinnings of this enigmatic man. Esslemont and Steven Erikson co-created the Malazan world in 1982 as a backdrop for role-playing games. kellanved proves time and time again just how morally dubious he is, posing the question of just what sort of person can achieve ascendancy, while still having those moments of humanisation that makes him both very interesting and likeable.This must be an interesting consideration for an author when creating drama for particular scenes in prequels to a popular series. slight spoilers here but i adored how dancer was handled in his reunion to ullara, especially considering the underlying tension with lasseen that makes the ultimate outcome that much more understandable. I've eagerly awaited more books in this series, and there was a bit of confusion at first whether this was a sequel to the main series or another volume in the Path to Ascendancy prequel series. When reading Forge of the High Mage, like previous entries in this series, it is easier to keep track of the people, places, and the plot. So many characters who'd later go on to have massive roles in Malazan BotF + ME books were featured and none of them felt like fan service.

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