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Forge of the High Mage is the fourth book in the Path to Ascendancy series by Ian C. Esslemont. The book involves "Malaz expansionism into the Falaran sub-continent."[1]

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  • The book's original title was The Jhistal until Esslemont's editors concluded it was "too inside" for new readers who might see the book for the first time on a bookstore shelf.[2]
  • The book had originally been scheduled to be published in 2020, but a number of factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, led to a long delay. Esslemont also admits he fell behind in the writing because he "found it difficult to do justice to the project and so it slowed down." By the time of a March 2022 interview, the writing was completed and the manuscript was in the hands of his editors.[3]

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