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
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.