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Kellanved's Reach is the third book in Ian C. Esslemont's Path to Ascendancy series. It is the sequel to Deadhouse Landing and takes place about one month[3] after the events of that novel.[4]

Publisher's summary[]

The incessant war between the bickering city states of Quon Tali rages. So engrossed are the warring lords and princes in their own petty feuds that few notice that an upstart mage from Dal Hon has gained control of the southern seas. But some powers are alarmed.

And in the meantime, as Purge and Tali indulge in what seems like a their never-ending game of war, a mercenary caught up in the fight between the two states suddenly refuses to play along and causes all sorts of chaos. Simultaneously, a pair of escapees from Castle Gris make their way across this ravaged landscape of flame and butchery. Their intention to seek out the legendary Crimson Guard.

And then there's Kellanved who could not care less about any of this petty politicking or strategy or war. Something other and altogether more mysterious has caught his attention and he - together with a reluctant and decidedly sceptical Dancer - traverse continents and journey through the Realms in pursuit . . . But this ancient mystery that has so captivated Kellanved is neither esoteric nor ephemeral. No, it is of an altogether darker and more dangerous hue. It involves the Elder races themselves, and more specifically - certainly more alarmingly - the semi-mythic, and universally dreaded, Army of Dust and Bone. Surely no one in their right mind would be so foolish as to embark on a journey from which none have returned? Well, no one except Kellanved that is . . .

Returning to the turbulent early history of what would become the Malazan Empire, here is the third awesome chapter in Ian C. Esslemont's new epic fantasy sequence.

Front matter[]


To A.P. Canavan


Once again, thanks to Gerri and the boys for their support and patience with my strange calling. Continued thanks and gratitude to Simon and all the people at Transworld Publishers, and the dedicated readers at the site.



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Publisher Format/Edition First published Pages ISBN-10 ISBN-13 Notes
UK and Commonwealth — Kellanved's Reach[5]
Bantam Hard cover 21 Feb 2019 352 xxx 978-0593074756 Cover by Steve Stone
Bantam Mass market paperback 23 Jan 2020 448 xxx 978-0857502858 B-format mmpb
Transworld Digital Ebook 21 Feb 2019 448 xxx 978-1473510609
Transworld Digital Audio 21 Feb 2019 787 min xxx 978-1473571310
United States — Kellanved's Reach[6]
Tor Hard cover 2 April 2019 333 xxx 978-0765379481 Cover by Steve Stone
Tor Trade paperback 2 April 2019 352 xxx 978-0765379498
Tor E-book 2 April 2019 592 xxx 978-1466868601
xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx 978-xxx

Plot summary[]

Kellanved's Reach
Dramatis Personae Prologue
Chapter 1 Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Chapter 7 Chapter 8
Chapter 9 Chapter 10
Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Chapter 13 Chapter 14
Chapter 15 Chapter 16
Chapter 17 Chapter 18
Chapter 19 Chapter 20
Chapter 21

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