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Steven Erikson
The BonehuntersThe Bonehunters
Midnight TidesMidnight Tides
House of ChainsHouse of Chains
Memories of IceMemories of Ice
Deadhouse GatesDeadhouse Gates
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First British Edition Bantam (2006)
Buy at Amazon.co.uk The Bonehunters
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion, Dassem Ultor, was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death.
But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves. The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon, a schism threatens and sides must be chosen. Whatever each god decides, the ground rules have changed, irrevocably, terrifyingly, and the first blood spilled will be in the mortal world.
A world which contains a host of characters, familiar and new, including Heboric Ghost Hands, the god-possessed Apsalar, Cutter, once a thief now a killer, the extraordinary warrior called Karsa Orlong and the two wanderers Icarium and Mappo - each searching for such a fate as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will. If only the gods would leave them alone. But now that knives have been unsheathed, the gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens. And the prize? Nothing less than existence itself...
Here is the stunning new chapter in Steven Erikson’s magnificent Malazan Book of the Fallen - hailed as an epic of the imagination and acknowledged as a fantasy classic in the making.

‘The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more.’ Stephen R. Donaldson
‘Some of the most febrile and Imaginative myth-making ever... each new novel moves from strength to strength, improving on what has gone before... this series has clearly established itself as the most significant work of epic fantasy since Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covens.’ SF Site
‘Give me the evocation of a rich, complex and yet ultimately unknowable other world, with a compelling suggestion of intricate history and mythology and lore. Give me mystery amid the grand narrative ... Give me a world in which every sea hides a crumbled Atlantis, every twin has a tale to tell, every broken blade is a silent legacy of struggles unknown. Give me, In other words, the fantasy work of Steven Erikson... a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient spin,’ Salon.com
‘Like the archaeologist that he is, Erikson continues to delve into the history and ruins of the Malazan Empire, in the process revealing unforeseen riches and annals that defy expectation ... this is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture.’ Interzone
‘Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Steven Erikson manages it spectacularly.’ Michael a. Stackpole


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First British Edition Bantam (2004)
Paperback - Bantam (2005)
Buy at Amazon.co.uk Midnight Tides
After decades of warfare, the five tribes of the Tiste Edur have finally united under the implacable rule of the Warlock King of the Hiroth. But peace has been exacted at a terrible price - a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst deadly.
To the south, the expansionist kingdom of tether has devoured all of its less civilized neighbours with rapacious, cold-blooded hunger. All, that is, save one - the Tiste Edur. For Lether is approaching a long-prophesied renaissance - from kingdom and lost colony of the First Empire to Empire reborn. And so its people have fixed their avid gazes northward, to the rich and abundant lands and coasts of the Tiste Edur. And beneath the suffocating weight of gold, or by slaughter at the edge of a sword, it seems the Tiste Edur must fall. Or so Destiny has decreed.
As the gathering for a pivotal treaty between the two nears, ancient forces are awakening. For the impending struggle between these civilizations is but a pale reflection of an altogether more profound, primal battle - a confrontation with the still-raw wound of an old betrayal and the craving for vengeance at its heart.
Among the Tiste Edur - among Trull Sengar’s people - it is believed that the darkest hungers of the spirit arrive on the tides from the south, and these tides come at midnight...
War and betrayal, magic and myth collide in this, the stunning fifth chapter in Steven Erikson’s magnificent Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence - a monumental achievement that is being hailed by readers and critics alike as an epic of the imagination and a fantasy classic in the making.

‘If any work is truly deserving of the accolade epic, it is the writing of Steven Erikson . . . he readily towers over every other author writing fantasy today.’ SF Site
Acclaim for Steven Erikson and House of Chains...
‘Truly epic in scope, Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better’ SF Site
‘Everything we have come to expect from this most excellent of fantasy writers; huge in scope, vast in implication and immensely, utterly entertaining’ alienonline
‘A multi-layered tale of magic and war, loyalty and betrayal. Complexly drawn characters occupy a richly detailed world in this panoramic saga ... should appeal to fans of epic and military fantasy as well as series followers’ Library Journal
‘The duel between the sisters and the abundantly detailed world Erikson has built really carry the book ... enjoyable even without previous acquaintance with the Malazan tales’ Booklist


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Paperback - Bantam (2003)
First British Edition Bantam (2002)
Buy at Amazon.co.uk House of Chains
In Northern Genabackis, just before the events recounted in Gardens of the Moon, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc among the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove an extraordinary destiny.
Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Coltaine, revered commander of the Malaz 7th Army, is dead. And now Tavore, eldest sister of Ganoes Paran and Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of Seven Cities. Untested and new to command, she must hone a small army of twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits, into a viable fighting force and lead them into battle against the massed hordes of Sha’ik’s Whirlwind. Her only hope lies in resurrecting the shattered faith of the few remaining survivors from Coltaine’s legendary march, now veterans one and all.
In distant Raraku, in the heart of the Holy Desert, the seer Sha’ik waits with her rebel army. But waiting is never easy. Her disparate collection of warlords - tribal chiefs, High Mages, a renegade Malazan Fist and his sorcerer - is locked in a vicious power struggle that threatens to tear the rebellion apart from within. And Sha’ik herself suffers, haunted by the private knowledge of her nemesis, Tavore . . . her own sister.
So begins this awesome new chapter in Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen - an epic novel of war, intrigue, magic and betrayal from a writer regarded as one of the most original, imaginative and exciting storytellers in fantasy today.


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First British Edition Bantam (2001)
Paperback - Bantam (2002)
Buy at Amazon.co.uk Memories of Ice
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all who fail to heed the word of its elusive prophet, the Pannion Seer. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Dujek Onearm’s Host and Whiskeyjack’s veteran Bridgeburners - both now outlawed by the Empress -alongside their enemies of old, including the grim forces of Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, and his Tiste Andii, and the Rhivi people of the Plains. Outnumbered by the Seer’s army of zealots and struggling to put aside their differences, it is vital they get word to potential allies, including an unknown mercenary brotherhood, the Grey Swords, who have been contracted to defend the city of Capustan against the fanatic hordes.
But more ancient clans too are gathering. In answer to some primal summons, the massed ranks of the undead T’lan Imass have risen. For it would appear something altogether darker and more malign threatens the very substance of this world. The Warrens are poisoned, and rumours abound of the Crippled God, now unchained and intent on a terrible revenge . . .
Marking the return of many key characters from Gardens of the Moon and introducing a host of remarkable new players, Memories of Ice is the momentous new chapter in Steven Erikson’s magnificent epic fantasy and a triumph of storytelling.

‘`If any work is truly deserving of the accolade epic, it is the writing of Steven Erikson. Vast in scope and imagination, spanning continents and cultures as diverse and multi-faceted as any to be found in fantasy, Erikson readily towers over every author writing military fantasy today . . . Homeric in scope and vision, Erikson interweaves stories and characters upon a grand stage that not only captures but competes for the reader’s attention . . . But what really sets the author’s writing apart, aside from his rich and vivid use of language and description, his unparalleled management of action and gripping combat, his compassion towards hip characters, or the sheer scale of his imagination and mythic vision, are the secondary and thematic elements running beneath . . . themes of loss and redemption, religion and the sacrifice of love, identity, heroism and what it means to be human ... Erikson has infused new life into one of the oldest traditions of fiction . . . Along with Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice offers all the rewards the word epic so often conjures and fails to deliver. Read and expect to be overpowered, not only by a story that never fails to thrill and entertain, but by a saga that lives up to its name, both intellectually and in its dramatic, visually rich and lavish storytelling’ SF Site
‘An epic in every sense of the word . . . Erikson shows a masterful control of an immense plot . . . the worlds of mortals and gods meet in what is a truly awe inspiring clash’ Enigma
‘A truly astonishing novel, a triumph of the storyteller’s art . . . If you consider yourself to be a fan of the very highest quality fantasy fiction, then here’s what you have to do. Read the first two volumes if you haven’t done so already, then read this one. Then tell me that Steven Erikson isn’t one of the very best damn fantasy writers you’ve ever read’ Alien Online
‘Erikson creates an impressive dark world of brutality and sudden beauty in which dizzying vistas of times past suddenly open; his work repays the concentration needed to follow his complex plotting and sentences’ amazon.co.uk


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Paperback - Bantam (2000)
First British Edition Bantam (2000)
Buy at Amazon.co.uk Deadhouse Gates
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
Weakened by events in Darujhistan, the Malazan Empire now teeters on the brink of anarchy. In the vast dominions of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik gathers a vast army around her in preparation for the long-prophesied uprising named the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in its size and savagery, it will draw the entire subcontinent into one of the bloodiest conflicts the Empire has ever known. A maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust, it will shape destinies and give birth to legends…
In the Otataral mines, Felsin, youngest daughter of th disgraced House of Paran, dreams of reveng against the sister who sentenced her to this life of slavery. Escape leads her to the mainland, and Raraku, where her soul will be reborn and her future made clear. The now-out-lawed Bridgeburners, Fiddler and the assassin Kalam, are determined to fulfil their vow to return the once god-possessed Apsalar to her homeland and to confront and kill the Empress Laseen, but tumultuous events will overtake them too. Meanwhile Coltaine, the charismatic but untried new commander of the Malaz 7th Army, will lead his battered, war-weary troops in a last valiant running battle to save the lives of thirty thousand refugees and, in so doing, secure an illustrious place in the Empire's chequered history. And into this blighted land where prophecy, sorcery and armies will collide and ascendant powers converge come two ancient wanderers, Mappo the Trell and his half-Jaghut companion, Icarium, bearers of a devastating secret that is about to break free of its chains.
Set in a brilliantly realized world ravaged by anarchy and dark, uncontrollable magic, Deadhouse Gates is the thrilling, brutal second chapter in the monumental Malazan Book of the Fallen. A powerful, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and betrayal, it confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination and originality, a new master of epic fantasy.

Steven Erikson afflicts me with awe . . . vast in scope, almost frighteningly fecund in imagination and rich in sympathy, his work does something that only the rarest of books can manage: it alters the reader’s perceptions of reality.’ Stephen R. Donaldson
‘Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world, with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Steven Erikson manages it spectacularly. The books are reminiscent of Tolkien’s scope, Zelazny’s cleverness and wit, and Donaldson’s brooding atmospherics; yet all combined with dazzling talent into a narrative flow that keeps the reader turning pages. Some writers open windows on worlds, Erikson opens worlds and makes them so real, so magickal, you’re not sure if you can escape - and I don’t want to’ Michael A. Stackpole
‘In the course of this vast and complex novel, there is enough intrigue, magic and warfare to keep even the most hardcore fantasy fans salivating, and enough solid characterization to make sure we care. This is very memorable fantasy fare, with some cool ideas and imagery . . . Sit up and pay attention. You’ll be glad you did’ Neil Walsh, SF Site `Best Fantasy Books of the Year’
`Such is the impact of the first book in Erikson’s monumental Malazan saga, Gardens of the Moon, that the achievement of this sequel is doubly surprising. Not only is the vigour and sweep of the earlier book effortlessly recaptured, the complex plot is simultaneously deepened and accelerated, with a grasp of tempo that has the reader inexorably gripped . . . Roll on, book three!’ The Good Book Guide
‘Wondrous voyages, demons and gods abound ... dense and complex . . . ultimately rewarding’ Locus Magazine
‘One of the most promising new writers of the past few years, and has more than proved his right to A-list status’ Bookseller


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About The Author
Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson is a graduate of the celebrated Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first fantasy novel, the critically acclaimed Gardens of the Moon, marked the opening chapter of his epic sequence, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. It is published by Bantam, as are the acclaimed subsequent volumes, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice and House of Chains. The thrilling fifth instalment in this remarkable story is Midnight Tides. Steven Erikson lives in Canada.

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Bibliography
N.B. dates and publishers in dark red indicate British First Editions. Dates and publishers in black indicate recent reprints.

  • The Bonehunters (Bantam, 2006)
  • Midnight Tides (Bantam, 2004) Bantam Pbk Mar 05
  • House of Chains (Bantam, 2002) Bantam Pbk Sep 03
  • Memories of Ice (Bantam, 2001) Bantam Pbk Oct 02
  • Deadhouse Gates (Bantam, 2000) Bantam Pbk Sep 00
  • Gardens of the Moon (Bantam, 1999) Bantam Pbk Mar 00

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