Path to Ascendancy

The Path to Ascendancy novels reveal the origins of the Malazan Empire as founded by Dancer, the skilled assassin, and the mage Kellanved.

Path to Ascendancy consists of four books, and the series is set to expand with the upcoming release of two more books. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.


Main series Malazan World

Updated January 6, 2023




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Book Covers
  ★ 9.00 / 3
  ★ 9.66 / 3
  ★ 7.50 / 2
  ★ 8.50 / 6
  ⧗ 9.66 / 3
  ⧗ 8.00 / 3

Speculative Fiction Books

(Path to Ascendancy #1 / 6)
2016 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Path to Ascendancy #2 / 6)
2017 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Path to Ascendancy #3 / 6)
2019 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Path to Ascendancy #4 / 6)
2023 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Path to Ascendancy #5 / 6)
2024 | fantasy, high fantasy | Release date 2024
(Path to Ascendancy #6 / 6)
2026 | fantasy, high fantasy | Release date TBA