Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ian C. Esslemont

Narrated By: John Banks

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: January 2017

Duration: 22 hours 48 minutes


The ice is melting. And the northern land called Assail - for centuries a byword for inaccessibility and menace - is beginning to yield its secrets. Rumours of gold ripple through taverns and marketplaces, and all manner of adventurers have set sail in search of these riches, accompanied by tall-tales of hostile coastlines, fields of ice, impassable mountains and terrifying beings perhaps born of history's beginnings. The only certainty is that the people of the north are fighters, and meet all trespassers with the sword.

Into this arena ventures the mercenary company called the Crimson Guard, drawn there not because of a contract but by the promise of answers - answers that some believe should not be sought. Also heading north is an uneasy alliance of Malazan fortune-hunters and Letherii soldiers. Among them are the bard Fisher kel Tath and a Tiste Andii who cannot remember his past yet commands far more power than he really should. It is also rumoured that a warrior who wields a sword that slays gods is journeying to this land of ice.

But far to the south, a woman waits patiently. She is Silverfox, newly incarnate Summoner of the undying army of the T'lan Imass, and she will do anything to halt the renewal of an ages-old crusade that could lay waste to the entire continent . . . and beyond.

Casting light on the mysteries that span the Malazan Empire, and offering glimpses into the epic history that shaped it, Assail brings this empire's epic story to a thrilling close.



by Ian C. Esslemont

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Assail, Ian C. Esslemont