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Shvoong Home>Books>Science Fiction & Fantasy>The Kharkanas Trilogy 1: Forge of Darkness Review

The Kharkanas Trilogy 1: Forge of Darkness

Book Review   by:BlackWhirl     Original Author: Steven Erikson
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Forge of Darkness is the first novel in The Kharkanas Trilogy, a prequel series to Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen.


Steven's writing style preserves it's its consistency, precision and philosophy - it's notorious brilliant quality, as does the plot.


The plot takes place in the realm of Darkness, Kuruld Galain and finally we have the chance to discover more about events mentioned throughout Malazan Book of the Fallen series ( which is one of the best and most significant fantasy series ever written); to get to know history of the characters that intrigued us for so long: Anomander Rake, Draconus and Mother Dark! The 'ancient characters' as we know them -namely First sons- are shown now in a new and different perspective - they are young, inexperienced and above to reshape the world with their actions.


It tells a moving and tragic story about the beginning of the end of a civilization - the Tiste Andii civilization. It as ever explores the human nature - motivation, behavior and emotions - with strong philosophical streak.


A story which you -if you are a fan of Steven Erikson's work, will certainly enjoy

and if you are just about to enter his magic world, you will enjoy none the less and have a good introduction and foundation to continue on to the rest of his work.


If you are getting into epic fantasy for the very first time, Steven is ALWAYS a good- I'd say the best- place to start.


But to not ruin your read with too many details: it is the story of clashes of power and interest, adventure, wild magic, betrayal and most importantly, as ever with Steven: a lot of epicness.

Enjoy!

Published: September 19, 2012   
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