Saturday, 29 October 2011

Steven Erikson completes THE FORGE OF DARKNESS

Steven Erikson has reported that he has completed The Forge of Darkness, the first novel of the Kharkanas Trilogy.


Erikson's new book is set several hundred thousand years before the events of the main Malazan sequence and expands on the Tiste Andii and events in the city of Kharkanas (which appears, in a deserted state, in the main series novels). Anomander Rake is expected to feature heavily.

Erikson reports that the novel has come in at 292,000 words, noting that (ironically) this is 'short' by his standards. It falls between the length of Deadhouse Gates (272,000 words or over 900 pages in paperback) and House of Chains (306,000, or over 1,000 pages). No publication date has been set for the novel, but it is likely to appear before the end of 2012.

Meanwhile, Erikson's collaborator Ian Cameron Esslemont's latest Malazan novel, Orb, Sceptre, Throne, is due for publication in January 2012.

12 comments:

Shane said...

Yes! Very excited.

Majkia said...

oh, I've soo sooo wanted to learn more of Rake! Can't wait!

darkul said...

This man is simply never taking a break, is he?
Awesome news ... and I still haven't read "The Crippled God", trying to do a second read of the nine predecessors. Good sign is, that I'm 30% into "Dust of Dreams".

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news! SE my favorite author. Rake my favorite character and finally a story that highlights his history....a hard wait.

Anonymous said...

Are u planning to do the reviews of the earlier Malazan novels.

Desk Jockey said...

Good stuff. I just finished the main series and now have to read Stonewielder. I am just waiting for it to come out in MMP.

Werthead, would you happen to know why Esselmont's books don't come out in Hard cover? I prefer hard cover to the trade paper backs. Although, I get most of my books because I find them much easier to handle.

Scott said...

*fist pump* Oh HELLS yeah!

Adam Whitehead said...

Reviews of the earlier MALAZAN novels are planned for some point in the future.

ICE's books haven't transferred to hardcover yet because his sales are still rising to that level. IIRC, Erikson didn't get a hardcover release until his fourth or fifth book.

Mark said...

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know that all of Ian Cameron Esslemonts three novels have been released in Hard-cover by Bantam UK. The print run seems to have been extremely small. I've checked all the high-street book stores and never come across any.

I've purchased all three by pre-order from Amazon. Hope this helps.

Jay said...

I have the full Malazan series in hardcover through the sfbc. Just the right size. Sadly the don't carry Ian Cameron Esslemont.

Jebus said...

Yeah I have ROTCG and Stonewielder in hardcover from Bantam.

Salt-Man Z said...

All of Esslemont's books are available in hardcover from Tor, with the same cover art as the Bantam editions.