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Forge of Darkness

Forge of Darkness

Book One of the Kharkanas Trilogy (A Novel of the Malazan Empire)

The Kharkanas Trilogy (Volume 1)

Steven Erikson

Tor Fantasy

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Now is the time to tell the story of an ancient realm, a tragic tale that sets the stage for all the tales yet to come and all those already told...

It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power. and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm, and as the rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold...

Steven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut Gardens of the Moon. Now he returns with the first novel in a trilogy that takes place millennia before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen and introduces readers to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness. It is the epic story of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire.

The Kharkanas Trilogy
Forge of Darkness
Fall of Light
Walk in Shadow (Forthcoming)

Forge of Darkness



PART ONE

In these gifts the shapes of adoration





ONE

THERE WILL BE PEACE.





The words were carved deep across...

Praise for Forge of Darkness

"Readers may besiege the libraries because of Erikson’s epic’s resemblance to George R. R. Martin’s bestselling Game of Thrones." —Booklist

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Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist. His New York Times bestselling Malazan Book of the Fallen has met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. After completing this now internationally bestselling series, he continued with Forge of Darkness, the first volume in a new epic fantasy trilogy which takes readers back to the origins of the Malazan world. He lives in Canada.

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