By Ian C. Esslemont
The go back of the mercenary corporation, the red shield, couldn't have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire exhausted through struggle and weakened by way of betrayals and rivalries. certainly, there are those that wonder if the Empress Laseen is probably not wasting her grip on energy as she faces expanding unrest as conquered kingdoms and principalities feel freedom as soon as more.
Into the seething cauldron of Quon Tali--the Empire's heartland--marches the defend. With their go back comes the reminiscence of the Empire--and but all isn't good with the protect itself. parts inside of its elite, the Avowed, have set their attractions on some distance higher strength. There are historical entities who additionally search to extra their very own arcane ends. And what of the swordsman referred to as traveler who, along with his spouse Ereko, has long gone looking for a war of words from which none have ever returned?
As the safeguard prepares to salary conflict, so Laseen's personal generals and mages, the 'Old Hands', develop impatient at what they see as her mismanagement of the Empire. yet may possibly Laseen have outwitted all of them? may she be utilizing the uprisings to attract out and at last do away with those final irksome survivors from the times of her illustrious predecesor, Kellanved?
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It had been well over an hour since they had come out of the trees, climbing steadily upward, into the sun. They were heading east on the ledges before the trail cut back to the west later. The men, if they had followed, would have to look into the sun to see them. Richard kept them crouched as low as possible and checked over his shoulder often as they climbed, scanning for any sign of the men. When he had seen them by Trunt Lake they were staying well hidden, but it was too open out here for them to hide.