Return of the Crimson Guard (The Malazan Empire #2) - Ian C. Esslemont8.22

The return of the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard, could not have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries. Indeed, there are those who wonder whether the Empress Laseen might not be losing her grip on power as she faces increasing unrest as conquered kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more.

Into the seething cauldron of Quon Tali – the Empire's heartland – marches the Guard. With their return comes the memory of their hundred-year-old vow: undying opposition to the existence of the Empire – and yet all is not well with the Guard itself. Elements within its elite, the Avowed, have set their sights on a far greater power. There are ancient entities who also seek to further their own arcane ends. And what of the swordsman called Traveller who, with his companion Ereko, has gone in search of a confrontation from which none have ever returned.

As the Guard prepares to wage war, so Laseen's own generals and mages, the 'Old Hands', grow impatient at what they see as her mismanagement of the Empire. But could Laseen have outwitted them all? Could she be using the uprisings to draw out and finally eliminate these last irksome survivors from the days of her illustrious predecessor, Kellanved?

Epic and ilvolving, Return of the Crimson Guard is an enthralling new chapter in the
tumultuous history of the Malazan Empire.

"Everything you expect of a Malazan story, being both epic and relevant… nail-biting and anything but obvious." – SFFWorld

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Release date: May 16, 2008
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 8.22/10
Total ratings: 9
Updated: August 14, 2021

The Malazan Empire :: Series

Ian C. Esslemont co-created the world of Malaz with his friend Steven Erikson, and Esslemont’s novels of the Malazan Empire are set in the same world as Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Belongs to the series Malazan World

Night of Knives (The Malazan Empire #1)7.64
Return of the Crimson Guard (The Malazan Empire #2)8.22
Stonewielder (The Malazan Empire #3)8.76
Orb Sceptre Throne (The Malazan Empire #4)8.38
Blood and Bone (The Malazan Empire #5)8.00
Assail (The Malazan Empire #6)8.00


8/10 |
March 24, 2009
I finally managed to buy a hardcover edition of Return of the Crimson Guard, so I had to read it last night. I simply couldn't stop reading it, so I stayed up late and finished reading it after 4 am. In my opinion Return of the Crimson Guard is an ...
8/10 |
October 28, 2008
This is the second book by Esslemont situated in the Malazan world which he is co-author with S.Erikson. Unlike the first book, Night of Knives, which is more of a prequel this one is set right in the middle of the story and it would be best read ...