The Wurms of Blearmouth - Steven Erikson 8.76   4

A novella.

Tyranny comes in many guises, and tyrants will thrive in palaces and one room hovels, in back alleys and playgrounds. Tyrants abound on the verges of civilization, where disorder frays the rule of civil conduct, and all propriety surrenders to brutal imposition. Millions are made to kneel and yet more millions die horrible deaths in a welter of suffering and misery.

But we'll leave all that behind as we plunge into escapist fantasy of the most irrelevant kind, and in the ragged wake of the tale told in Lees of Laughter's End, our most civil adventurers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, along with their suitably phlegmatic manservant, Emancipor Reese, make gentle landing upon a peaceful beach, beneath a quaint village above the strand and lying at the foot of a majestic castle, and therein make acquaintance with the soft-hearted and generous folk of Spendrugle, which lies at the mouth of the Blear River and falls under the benign rule of the Lord of Wurms in his lovely keep.

Make welcome, then, to Spendrugle's memorable residents, including the man who should have stayed dead, the woman whose prayers should never have been answered, the tax collector everyone ignores, the ex-husband town militiaman who never married, the beachcomber who lives in his own beard, and the now singular lizard cat who used to be plural, and the girl who likes to pee in your lap. And of course, hovering over all, the denizen of the castle keep, Lord –

Ah, but there lies this tale, and so endeth this blurb, with one last observation: when tyrants collide, they have dinner.

And a good time is had by all.

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Release date July 4, 2012
Details updated July 10, 2022

Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach :: Series

Series contains 9 total works.

Main series Malazan World

Blood Follows 6.34   6
The Healthy Dead 6.50   4
The Lees of Laughter's End 6.00   6
The First Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach 8.72   7
Crack'd Pot Trail 8.26   4
The Wurms of Blearmouth 8.76   4
The Fiends of Nightmaria 9.00   1
The Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach N/A
Upon A Dark Of Evil Overlords 8.66   3

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