Steven Erikson's Crack'd Pot Trail will be published in late 2009 by PS Publishing.
Here's a short description of Crack'd Pot Trail from the publisher's website:
It is an undeniable truth: give evil a name and everyone's happy. Give it two names and... why, they're even happier.
The intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, scourges of civilization, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent and modest personifications of evil, have a lot to answer for and answer they will. Known as the Nehemoth, they are pursued by countless self-professed defenders of decency, sanity and civilization. After all, since when does evil thrive unchallenged? Well, often: but not this time.
Hot on their heels are the Nehemothanai, avowed hunters of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. In the company of a gaggle of artists and pilgrims, stalwart Mortal Sword Tulgord Vise, pious Well Knight Arpo Relent, stern Huntsman Steck Marynd, and three of the redoubtable Chanter brothers (and their lone sister) find themselves faced with the cruelest of choices. The legendary Cracked Pot Trail, a stretch of harsh wasteland between the Gates of Nowhere and the Shrine of the Indifferent God, has become a tortured path of deprivation.
Will honour, moral probity and virtue prove champions in the face of brutal necessity? No, of course not. Don't be silly.
Here's Risingshadow.net's review of Crack'd Pot Trail.
A REVIEW OF STEVEN ERIKSON'S CRACK'D POT TRAIL
Here's a short review of Crack'd Pot Trail:
I've been a big fan of Steven Erikson's Malazan books for a long time, because they're excellent fantasy books. I've enjoyed them and I've recommended to my friends and colleagues. That's why I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new novella. Because I enjoyed reading the previous novellas, I had to read Crack'd Pot Trail as soon as possible – I began to read it last night after midnight and I finished reading it around 2am.
I won't say anything about the plot of this novella, because I don't want to spoil anybody's reading experience by revealing too many things about the story. I'll focus on other things in this review. In my opinion it's good not to know too much about this novella, because it would spoil the fun of reading it.
I know that some people don't like Steven Erikson's novellas, but I love them. I think that readers who are used to reading big and complicated books don't know how to appreciate novellas and that's a shame, because they don't know what they're missing. These novellas are very entertaining and enjoyable – they're fun to read and the prose is good. In other words, they're quality novellas. In my opinion the adventures of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are wickedly funny and very entertaining.
When I read this novella I couldn't help but wonder how Steven Erikson can write this kind of entertaining stories. I think he has a good imagination and he knows how to keep his readers happy (he sure knows how to write good stuff and this novella is a great example of his writing skills). The characters were (as always) interesting and the story was fascinating. I liked the way Erikson wrote and moved the plot forward. I hope he continues to write more novellas like this.
I can highly recommend Crack'd Pot Trail to fans of Steven Erikson. If you're a fan of Malazan books and you like Steven Erikson's previous novellas, you should read Crack'd Pot Trail. I'm sure you'll enjoy it very much. By the way, if you haven't read any Malazan books by Steven Erikson, you should read them before you begin to read his novellas (or you should at least read the previous novellas).
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.