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First of all, you are not alone. The way godhood and magic works in the Malazan books is very confusing. I like to think that it's intentionally that way: what we're reading is merely the confused understanding that a few mortals have about something that is fundamentally incomprehensible. However, it is not true that the only way to be a god was to control ...


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Word of god is I spoke with Ian about this. It seems that a few years back we worked out a sequential timeline for the Malazan history we were exploring. This is that list, supplied to Tor.com by Ian. That said, I don't think it applies as an actual reading order. Rather, it was the two of us hashing stuff out. Both Ian and I would recommend the basic ...


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Welcome to the wonderful world of Malazan. You will find out the hard way, that a lot of what's going on in the series - just like real life - doesn't have a clear explanation, as every character has his or her own agendas and may have a change of heart. Or, that a lot of things get their answers in the later books. But, this is the way it supposed to be. ...


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I'll try to answer this without giving away too many spoilers (I'm on book 9). The Deck of Dragons is a representation of the warrens and their dimensions, in the form of Houses, where the pantheon of ascendants and gods (and their servants) would be allocated cards, representing them. For instance, The cards are used in the world of the books to "read" ...


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The specific reason Tavore could not simply travel through the warrens is because of her Otataral sword. The sword negates all non-elder magic in its vicinity. While she could "leave the sword behind" the sword is a unique tool the adjuncts used to effectively make themselves immune from the vast majority of normal magic users. The warrens themselves are ...


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This is not really handled later in the books. The reason that both the demon and Raest were used is that the Empress wanted to make sure of Anomander's destruction; they were uncertain as to the full extent of his power so they had to make sure he was sufficiently weakened. That being said, Rake only battled the demon, where Raest was dealt with by Silanah ...


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I don't think there is any definitive answer, as the books (referring to the Malazan Book of the Fallen series) do not directly indicate where he got the ability. As you said, it is a lost art as described here, so the chances of Ben learning the art from anyone other than an ascendant would be rare. Also, the Holy Falah'd's Mage cabal did not practice arts ...


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The plan was bigger than just letting the Bridgeburners ally with Rake and Brood to fight the Pannion. I dont remember exactly where it is mentioned in the books but apparently Laseen was sure that Shadowthrone would some day return, and she wanted the Brideburners for that. The betrayal at Malaz City was not so much a betrayal as it was pretty much ...


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First let me deal with the ascendancy god issue. All gods are Ascendant but not all Ascendant are gods. An ascendant are any body who cannot die from natural causes (ie. old age, sickness). They can be killed by normal means and have access to magic (either amplified from their pre-ascension or new). ( new -ie. not elder )Gods are ascendant that have ...


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It seems that a being needs an enormous amount of power to be able to ascend OR like Kellanved and Cotillion they can take the unoccupied throne of a Warren to become a god. Ascension seems to mean that age doesnt kill someone they just keep on going like the energiser bunny. The difference between gods and ascendants is that though both are immortal (...


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Unknown From the Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen: "The Deck of Dragons. A kind of structure, imposed on power itself. Who created it? No-one knows. My belief – Tattersail’s belief – is that each card is a gate into a warren, and there were once many more cards than there are now. There may have been other Decks – there may well be other Decks ...


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The Malazan book of the Fallen Series is very vague on certain points, but ill try to give you a full answer. Hairlock was assigned to go into the tunnel that the BridgeBurners where building underneath the walls of Pale, before the final attack on Pale. During this its mentioned he had talked to Quick Ben, who offered to soul shift him should he get ...


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Gesler most likely did not get promoted here (if he did, it didn't last long), but he will get promoted eventually. The conversation began with Bult starting to hint about promoting Gesler and Stormy; Gesler's rather inappropriate response is what prompted Coltaine to punch him in the first place. Gesler's subsequent remark: I guess I'll take that ...


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This is explicitly explained during the intro of Memories of Ice. The Imperial Warren was once the land of Jacuruku, in the time when it was ruled by High King Kallor. When K'rul, Sister of the Cold Nights and Draconus came to kill Kallor, the latter (Kallor) burned the whole continent along with its citizens because "if I can't have it, no one shall". K'...


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Purake was an honorific bestowed upon Anomander's father by an Azathanai, in the Azathanai language. I believe it meant something to the effect of, "strength in standing still" or "strength in stillness". Rake was an honorific bestowed upon Anomander himself, by an Azathanai, in the Azathanai language. It means "strength". This information was not ...


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Is there more Vorcan Radok's character expansion? No, as of now all that's known is that she was in the cabal with Baruk and Mistress of the Assassin's Guild. She seems like a likely candidate to get some exposition in the Encyclopedia Malaz though.


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As much as I dislike straight linking to a Wiki, this suggested reading order is very thorough and any recommendation I would make would be almost the same. The ultimate reading order suggested by members of the Malazan Empire Forum at the bottom is what I would go with if I were to reread the series. Gardens of the Moon Deadhouse Gates Blood Follows The ...


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The Malazan Wiki has a section on cussers. It describes them as being similar to a satchel charge.


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Welcome to the wonderful world of Malazan. Some things to keep in mind: Erikson will never spoonfeed you information throughout the series. Indeed, some things are more clearly stated than others, but overall the "fun" (with or without quotes) part of this series to find out by yourself what is the "truth" (with quotes this time). You will have some ...


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There is an audio book for Gardens of the Moon. And here is one for The Deadhouse Gates. And here is one for the Crippled God. All the books in between also have audiobooks. There are even audiobooks for related novels, such as Night of Knives. It appears that they are all free with an Audible trial, so that might be the best way to listen to them.


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first 3 books in the malazan book of the fallen series were released consecutively each month right after the release of Forge of Darkness: Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1. I assume the next 3 would be released when book 2 of the kharkanas trilogy(working title Fall of Light ) is released.


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The Gardens of the Moon audiobook was recently released (9/2012). It's available from Amazon and Audible.com (owned by Amazon), though it's not available in all countries (e.g. Australia).


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It does seem to be some sort of surname, or rather the name of a noble House. Anomander Rake's father was also called Purake, as the head of House Purake. "Anomander Rake" was just a shortening of "Anomandaris Purake", Purake being his surname and Anomandaris his given name. You can find a similar discussion of names here on Reddit. There doesn't seem to ...


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Oppon is the shared name for a pair of twin Ascendants (the Malazan universe's gods); we never learn their individual names. The people of the Malazan world don't always identify the twins as separate people. Rather, they consider them to be two parts of the same entity, reflecting two "sides of a coin" (a metaphor which Oppon takes rather literally). Any ...


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It's left uncertain. As far as I know, it's left vague on purpose. It was stated somewhere in The Crippled God that Kaminsod's current body was unfit for travel back to his world which leaves me to believe that Cotillion acted in a way that would free Kaminsod from his body, allowing his soul to travel back to his world without issue. We probably won't ...


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The books start shortly after there is a new king in the House of Shadow, why does everybody know this? Word of mouth. And it comes from two sources: The Deck of Dragons which reveals that an entity has occupied a warren or he/she interacts with another entity. The Priests who communicate directly with their god and start preaching his/her way/...


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The Malazan Wiki has the answer and summarizes what is written in Toll the hounds Chapter 24:


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So, after I finished reading Ian C. Esslemont's "Return of the Crimson Guard", I can partially answer my question on my own. Heavy spoilers ahead: Maybe the fates of other loved or hated characters is revealed in later books of Esslemont. I am now reading "Stonewielder" which picks up directly after "Return of the Crimson Guard".


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Having read Forge Of Darkness ( not an experience I entirely recommend ) all of the Azathenai are seemingly immortal but also their legends and stories as we have heard them reported in the Malazan series are somewhat unreliable. Togg and Fanderay seem to regard many of the other elder gods as relatively young and if they are the first ascended beasts they ...


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She was (re)chained in a barrow beneath the Otataral sword carried by Adjunct Tavore. At the end of The Crippled God, Korabas was drawn to the Glass Desert by Adjunct Tavore's Otataral sword. Once she was there, Heboric Light-Touch with some assistance from The Crippled God chained Korabas once again in a barrow underneath the sword. The Crippled God's ...


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