"Waiting On" Wednesday: Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont:

The epic new chapter in the history of Malaz—the new epic fantasy from Steven Erikson's friend and co-creator of this extraordinary and exciting imagined world.

Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity. While, as ever at the centre of everything, a thief in a red waistcoat and of rotund proportions walks the streets, juggling in one hand custard pastries, and in the other the fate of the city itself.

Far to the south, fragments of the titanic Moon's Spawn have crashed into the Rivan Sea creating a series of isles...and a fortune hunter's dream. A Malazan veteran calling himself 'Red' ventures out to try his luck—and perhaps say goodbye to old friends. But there he finds far more than he'd bargained for as the rush to claim the Spawn's treasures descends into a mad scramble of chaos and bloodshed. For powers from across the world have gathered here, searching for the legendary Throne of Night. The impact of these events are far reaching, it seems. On an unremarkable island off the coast of Genabackis, a people who had turned their backs upon all such strivings now lift their masked faces towards the mainland and recall the ancient prophesy of a return.

And what about the ex-Claw of the Malazan Empire who now walks the uttermost edge of creation? His mission—the success or failure of which the Queen of Dreams saw long ago—is destined to shape far more than anyone could have ever imagined. [February 28]

While I enjoyed Night of Knives, Esslemont's first contribution to the Malazan Empire storyline, it didn't exactly blow me away the same way Gardens of the Moon did. Return of the Crimson Guard was a much better read, and enough to convince me that the empire was in good hands. I haven't caught up with Stonewielder yet (after The Crippled God I just had to walk away from the world for a bit), but I'm like Esslemont's style and I'm glad he's back with a new entry.


  1. Fascinating and tempting! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Haven't heard of this one. Sounds awesome!

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  3. I really want to check out Esslemont but I gave up reading the Malazan series after book 4... I just couldn't take it any longer! I really wanted to like Erickson but I just didn't have enough time to dedicate to his ridiculous cast of characters!

  4. I must be one of the very few fantasy reviewers that couldn't get into the Malazan series. I've tried to read the first book at least three times. I've been meaning to try Esslemont because I hear his books are a little different.

  5. I think Esslemont's a bit scaled back from Erikson and his books seem a little more straight forward (which isn't saying a ton). I would definitely recommend them as I rank Return of the Crimson Guard up with some of Erikson's best.

    Also, if you can stand it, I really recommend the Malazan books. You'll be insanely confused for most of the story, but suddenly it comes together and the endings are the best endings I've ever read.

    Also have to catch up and read Stonewielder.

    Wow, I need to scale things back too. :)

  6. Never heard of this one, sounds good though. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I have been meaning to get into this world for awhile, this one looks great.

  8. A scholar stumbles upon a sealed vault is starting to intrigued me. I haven't tried other epic fantasy books aside from LOTR yet. I'll keep in mind the other titles you've mentioned. :D Thanks.

  9. Wow, this sounds like a big world-building series that I could get into!
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