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Posted 18 March 2022 - 06:58 PM

ICE confirms the name change in the latest Ten Very Big Books podcast. I think it's kind of an odd name for two reasons. First, it sounds more like an R.A. Salvatore novel--or any D&D fiction title--rather than a Malazan book. But maybe they figure The Jhistal wasn't much of a selling point for a wider audience. Second, it's strange that there will now be two different Malazan books whose titles start with "Forge of". It's already causing me grief when updating the Malazan wiki because the wiki keeps trying to suggest Forge of Darkness.
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Posted 18 March 2022 - 08:45 PM

View PostArchieVist, on 18 March 2022 - 06:58 PM, said:

ICE confirms the name change in the latest Ten Very Big Books podcast. I think it's kind of an odd name for two reasons. First, it sounds more like an R.A. Salvatore novel--or any D&D fiction title--rather than a Malazan book. But maybe they figure The Jhistal wasn't much of a selling point for a wider audience. Second, it's strange that there will now be two different Malazan books whose titles start with "Forge of". It's already causing me grief when updating the Malazan wiki because the wiki keeps trying to suggest Forge of Darkness.



Jump to 29mins in the podcast, interesting discussion on who Jethiss is in Assail, goes on for 5 mins.

The title can be whatever, I'm looking forward to the book.

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Posted 16 July 2022 - 11:42 PM

Forge of the High Mage is now being listed with a 6 April 2023 publishing date in the UK by Penguin. Still no sign of it on Tor's publishing schedule.

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This volume develops and details the Malazan expansion into the Falari Peninsula region. Kellanved and Dancer, impatient with the slow and methodical consolidation of the continent of Quon Tali, are up to no good and embroil the Malazan forces in an uprising against the ruling Theocracy of Falar.

These priests have maintained power over all the many islands through the threat of their terror-weapon: the dread 'Jhistal' . . .

Here readers will discover just what this weapon is, meet a younger Mallick Rel and find out just how the Malazans took the region into their grip.


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Posted 01 October 2022 - 07:36 PM

Ituralde on the Malazan wiki noticed that Penguin has posted the cover and book summary:

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After decades of warfare, Malazan forces are now close to consolidating the Quon Talian mainland. Yet it is at this moment that Emperor Kellanved orders a new campaign far to the north: the invasion of Falar.

Since the main Malazan armies are otherwise engaged in Quon Tali, a collection of orphaned units and broken squads has been brought together under Fist Dujek - himself recovering from the loss of an arm - to fight this new campaign. A somewhat rag-tag army, joined by a similarly motley fleet under the command of the Emperor himself.

There are however those who harbour doubts regarding the stewardship of Kellanved and his cohort Dancer, and as the Malazan force heads north, it encounters an unlooked-for and most unwelcome threat - unspeakable and born of legend, it has woken and will destroy all who stand in its way. Most appalled by this is Tayschrenn, the untested High Mage of the Empire. He is all-too aware of the true nature of this ancient horror - and his own inadequacy in having to confront it. Yet confront it he must, alongside the most unlikely of allies . . .

And then the theocracy of Falar is itself far from defenceless - its priests are in possession of a weapon so terrifying it has not been unleashed for centuries. Named the Jhistal, it was rumoured to be a gift from the sea-god Mael. But two can play at that game, for the Emperor sails towards Falar aboard his flagship Twisted - a vessel that is itself thought to be not entirely of this world . . .

Here, then, in the tracts of the Ice Wastes and among the islands of Falar, the Empire of Malaz faces two seemingly insurmountable tests - each one potentially the origin of its destruction . . .
These are bloody, turbulent and treacherous times for all caught up in the forging of the Malazan Empire.

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Posted 01 October 2022 - 07:41 PM

Unspeakable and ancient horror? Finally the Elder God of Toast is revealed.
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Posted 05 October 2022 - 07:29 PM

I like the cover, but am I the only one seeing it as a collection of things photshopped together and not expertly blended in?

but looking forward to it, I've enjoyed the Path to Ascendancy books so far
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Posted 05 October 2022 - 07:39 PM

As long as the figure is on a ship that's all that matters!

But aye, looking forward to it too!

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Posted 05 October 2022 - 10:45 PM

I saw speculation on Reddit that an AI art bot could have been used. Iíve seen a few from friends into DND, and it does seem reminiscent.
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Posted 05 October 2022 - 11:17 PM

View PostStalker, on 05 October 2022 - 10:45 PM, said:

I saw speculation on Reddit that an AI art bot could have been used. Iíve seen a few from friends into DND, and it does seem reminiscent.

Not AI art at all.
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Posted 06 October 2022 - 12:11 AM

I think it's almost certainly a composite of various parts drawn or painted separately and then put together like animation cels/backgrounds, I don't think they were designed separately, like without intent, or thrown together arbitrarily or anything, just a matter of expediency in layering. But that's been true of a lot of the latter day Malazan covers imo. This one might have the highest immediate contrast between what's painted and what's drawn?
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Posted 06 October 2022 - 01:49 PM

View Postamphibian, on 05 October 2022 - 11:17 PM, said:

View PostStalker, on 05 October 2022 - 10:45 PM, said:

I saw speculation on Reddit that an AI art bot could have been used. I've seen a few from friends into DND, and it does seem reminiscent.

Not AI art at all.


Agreed, it's almost too generic to give an AI credit.

Needs way more ship.
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Posted 14 October 2022 - 07:27 PM

Best cover? I love Return.....
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Posted 14 October 2022 - 07:49 PM

View PostZuzu Bolin, on 14 October 2022 - 07:27 PM, said:

Best cover? I love Return.....


Now that's a cover with a ship on it!

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