Book Spotlight–4/24/2011

Blood Follows: A Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson’s 10-book Malazan Book of the Fallen series is one of the longest, densest, grittiest and most successful Fantasy series ever. But brevity being the soul of wit, Erikson has also set a string of darkly humorous, stand-alone novellas in the Malazan universe. Blood Follows is the first. Here’s Amazon’s product description:

“All is not well in Lamentable Moll. A sinister, diabolical killer stalks the port city’s narrow, barrow-humped streets, and panic grips the citizens like a fever. Emancipor Reese is no exception, and indeed, with his legendary ill luck, it’s worse for him than for most. Not only was his previous employer the unknown killer’s latest victim, but Emancipor is out of work… But perhaps his luck has finally changed, for two strangers have come to Lamentable Moll… requesting the services of a manservant. This is surely a remarkable opportunity for the hapless Emancipor Reese… no matter that the note reeks with death-warded magic; no matter that the barrow ghosts themselves howl with fear every night; and certainly no matter that Lamentable Moll itself is about to erupt in a frenzy of terror-inspired anarchy…. After all, it’s work… and working is better than not working. Isn’t it?”

Perhaps not, as Emancipor regrettably discovers…

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