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The Malazan Book of The Fallen
2004. Midnight Tides
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Steven Erikson was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is an archaeologist and anthropologist by profession; but when he moved to the UK in 1995 he found it hard to find work in that sector(1). He has subsequently returned to Canada. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
(1) Moss, Stephen, 1999, Malazans and megabucks, The Guardian, viewed 21st March 2021, click here to access
2001, Headline, hbk
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Published in 2004 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Bantam Press, pp.698, ISBN 0593046277
Published in 2004 in Great Britain in paperback by Bantam Press, pp.698, ISBN 0593046285. Cover illustration by Steve Stone. Maps drawn by Neil Gower. Printed in the UK
Synopsis: After decades of warfare, the five tribes of the Tiste Edur have finally united under the implacable rule of the Warlock King of the Hiroth. But peace has been exacted at a terrible price - a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst, deadly.
To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether has devoured all of its less civilized neighbours with rapacious, cold-blooded hunger. All, that is, save one - the Tiste Edur. For Lether is approaching a long prophesied renaissance - from kingdom and lost colony of the First Empire to Empire reborn. And so its people have fixed their avid gazes northward, to the rich and abundant lands and coasts of the Tiste Edur. And beneath the suffocating weight of gold, or by slaughter at the edge of a sword, it seems the Tiste Edur must fall. Or so Destiny has decreed.
As the gathering, for a pivotal treaty between the two nears, ancient forces are awakening. For the impending struggle between these civilizations is but a pale reflection of an altogether more profound, primal battle - a confrontation with the still-raw wound of an old betrayal and the craving for vengeance at its heart.
Among the Tiste Edur - among Trull Sengar's people - it is believed that the darkest hungers of the spirit arrive on the tides from the South, and these tides come at midnight...