Path to Ascendancy Book 1 (A Novel of the Malazan Empire)
Author: Ian C. Esslemont
Ian C. Esslemont's prequel trilogy takes readers deeper into the politics and intrigue of the New York Times bestselling Malazan Empire.
The first book of the Path to Ascendancy trilogy, Dancer's Lament, focuses on the genesis of the empire and features Dancer, the skilled assassin, who, alongside the mage Kellanved, would found the Malazan empire.
In The News
“Esslemont nails the feel and flavor of Erikson's books and brings the historical characters to life with a dexterity that will win over even the most skeptical fans.” —Publishers Weekly on Night of Knives
“Whether it's Erikson or Esslemont at the controls, it's in safe hands.” —SFX on Night of Knives
“Esslemont evokes the gore and grit of the battlefield while cannily expanding the labyrinthine Malazan world and untangling the wickedly intertwined stories just enough to keep readers from feeling lost.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Return of the Crimson Guard
“A contained, concise romp that's also dense with fan-pleasing information” —Death Ray on Night of Knives