This is the first book in a series of 10. Eight have been published so far, a long with an ever increasing number of companion novels. It is vast, the world of Erikson and Esselmont.
This is not just a fantasy epic, it is also written extremely well. The language in the book flows like poetry and the dialogue is superb.
All the characters are well made and fully fleshed, you'll find no stick figures here, and most of them are extremely likeable. But sometimes you'll find youself hating the good guys and routing for the bad guys. But that's how Erikson rolls, with a lot of twists and turns and never a dull moment.
In this book, we are immediately placed at the Siege of Pale and witness one of many betrayals committed against the infamous Bridgeburners, a special company in the Malazan Army notorious for their skills in battle, their ability to survive, their loyalty and sometimes theor ruthlessness.
We follow a small group of Bridgeburners on their adventures on a strange continent. They encounter enemies, both known and unknown, from within and without, dragons, Jaghut Tyrants, Tiste Andii and a little girl possessed by the Patron God of Assassins.
Yes, things tend to get messy when the gods enter the fray.
We also see the beginning of a much larger war, one that could potentially destroy the whole world. A war not only between oppsoing human armies, but between opposing gods.
And at the core of this war? The Fallen One...
Don't miss out on this gripping tale, that will let you glimpse into the minds of humans and gods alike, take you right onto the battlefield and let you feel the magic as it washes over you and destroys everything in its path.