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International bestselling author of The Malazan Book of the Fallen continues his new epic fantasy sequence, the Kharkanas Trilogy, in this enthralling, all-embracing new novel of war and betrayal, dark sorcery and ancient gods...

Before the Malazan Empire, there was a time that set the stage for all those tales yet to be told . . .

The winter is bitter. Civil war threatens Kurald Galain for the warrior Urusander’s army has begun its march on the city of Kharkanas. Led by the ruthless Hunn Raal, it intends to cast aside Mother Dark’s consort, Draconus, and set Urusander himself on the throne beside the Living Goddess. Those who would stand in the way of the rebels lie scattered and weakened – leaderless since Anomander went in search of an estranged brother. In his stead, Silchas Ruin resolves to gather the Houseblades of the Highborn families to him, and to resurrect the legendary Hust Legion, but time is not on his side.
Far to the west, an unlikely army musters. It seeks an enemy without form, in a place none can find. And yet Hood’s call has been heard and the long-abandoned city of Omtose Phellack is now home to a rabble of new arrivals: Dog-Runners from the south, Jheck warriors, and blue-skinned strangers from across the Western Sea have come to offer Hood their swords. From the distant mountains and isolated valleys of the North, Thel Akai arrive to pledge themselves in this seemingly impossible war. Soon, they will set forth with weapons drawn under the banners of the living in pursuit of Death itself.
Such events presage chaos, and now magic bleeds into this realm. Unconstrained, mysterious and savage, it begins to run loose and wild and following its scent, seeking the places of wounding and hurt – new and ancient entities gather.
In a world becoming rotten with sorcery, can honour truly exist?

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780553820133

    May 29, 2017

    Bantam

    1104 pages

    RRP $28.00

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  • Hardback

    9780593062197

    May 15, 2016

    Bantam Press

    864 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • EBook

    9781409032717

    February 25, 2016

    Transworld Digital

    1104 pages

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Also by Steven Erikson

Willful Child
The Devil Delivered and Other Tales
Forge of Darkness
This River Awakens
The Crippled God
The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1
Dust of Dreams
Toll The Hounds
Reaper's Gale
Gardens Of The Moon
The Bonehunters
Midnight Tides

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