I have been reading books about the Malazan empire for more than a decade now and was a little surprised when, half way through reading this one, noticed on the cover that it was to be the last. There were ten or a dozen novels in the original series by Steven Erikson, at least one prequel and a couple of books of short stories (which are adjacent to rather than part of the same universe) and several by Erikson’s partner Esslemont. Each of these books has been, like most fantasy novels seem to be these days, fairly weighty works of many hundreds of pages. So I have been reading this series for more hours than I care to imagine.
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