The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson is being published by Bantam 2nd March 2006. Erikson has drawn on his background in archaeology and anthropology to construct a unique world with its own history, geography and mythology, peopled by an array of extraordinary but wholly convincing societies, cultures and belief systems. His new level of realism in the realms of fantasy fiction has been met with international acclaim and established him as one of the most original and exciting genre storytellers in years.
The Bonehunters is the stunning sixth chapter in what will be a 10 volume series of stand-alone tales.
The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed and their commander slain. Now the battle-weary Malaz Army faces one last rebel force, holed up in an ancient fortress. But this is a place of foreboding. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion fell and a tide of Malazan blood was spilled.
Elsewhere, agents of a greater conflict have made their opening moves. The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon, a schism threatens and sides must be chosen. The ground-rules have been irrevocably and terrifyingly changed and the first blood spilled will be in the mortal world.
A world that contains a host of characters, old and new, each searching to fashion their own fate. If only the gods would leave them alone. But now that knives have been unsheathed, the gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens. And the prize? Nothing less than existence itself....