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The Wurms of Blearmouth

The Wurms of Blearmouth

A Malazan Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach

Malazan Book of the Fallen (Volume 11)

Steven Erikson

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A new novella from New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson, set in the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Wurms of Blearmouth.

Tyranny comes in many guises, and tyrants thrive in palaces and one-room hovels, in back alleys and playgrounds. Tyrants abound on the verges of civilization, where disorder frays the rule of civil conduct and propriety surrenders to brutal imposition. Millions are made to kneel and yet more millions die horrible deaths in a welter of suffering and misery.

But leave all that behind and plunge into escapist fantasy of the most irrelevant kind, and in the ragged wake of the tale told in Lees of Laughter's End, those most civil adventurers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, along with their suitably phlegmatic manservant, Emancipor Reese, make gentle landing upon a peaceful beach, beneath a quaint village at the foot of a majestic castle. There they make acquaintance with the soft-hearted and generous folk of Spendrugle, which lies at the mouth of the Blear River and falls under the benign rule of the Lord of Wurms in his lovely keep.

Make welcome, then, to Spendrugle's memorable residents, including the man who should have stayed dead, the woman whose prayers should never have been answered, the tax collector everyone ignores, the ex-husband town militiaman who never married, the beachcomber who lives in his own beard, and the now singular lizard cat who used to be plural, and the girl who likes to pee in your lap. And of course, hovering over all, the denizen of the castle keep, Lord—Ah, but there lies this tale.

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"Behold!" Arms spread wide and braced against the wind, Lord Fangatooth Claw the Render paused and glanced back at Scribe Coingood. "See how this bold perch incites me to declamation, Scribe?" His narrow, hawkish features darkened. "Why are you...

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Praise for The Wurms of Blearmouth

“Erikson ranks near the top of the epic fantasy pantheon.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

“A multilayered tale of magic and war, loyalty and betrayal. Complexly drawn characters occupy a richly detailed world in this panoramic saga.” —Library Journal on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

“The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more.” —Stephen R. Donaldson on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

“Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.” —Salon on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

“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 on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

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About the author

Steven Erikson

STEVEN ERIKSON is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His previous novels in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series—Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bonehunters, and Reaper's Gale—have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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