The Kharkanas Trilogy is a three volume epic fantasy series written by Steven Erikson that serves as a prequel to the author's ten volume Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Set more than 300,000 years before Gardens of the Moon, the trilogy explores the tragic history of the Tiste people and the circumstances leading to the fracture of their race. It also delves into the machinations of the Elder Gods that still impact the world at the time of the Malazan Empire.
In October 2017, Erikson announced that Walk in Shadow, the concluding volume of the Kharkanas series, would be delayed while he instead worked on the first book in the Witness Trilogy. He returned to Walk in Shadow in July 2020 after submitting the manuscript of The God is Not Willing to his publisher earlier in the year.
- Forge of Darkness looks at the Tiste realm of Kurald Galain during the early days of Mother Dark's reign and its orchestrated slide into civil war. Meanwhile Mother Dark's consort, Draconus, is determined to provide his lover with a powerful magical gift that causes deep rifts among his fellow god-like Azathanai. In the west, the Jaghut Lord of Hate and Hood make decisions that will alter the fate of their race and the world forever.
- Unlike the Malazan Book of the Fallen, which was heavily influenced by the role-playing game sessions of Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont, "most of [the Kharkanas trilogy] was not gamed."
- To prepare for the Kharkanas Trilogy, Erikson read the entire works of William Shakespeare, both plays and sonnets. "I was thinking of narrative style, the notion of oration as witnessed on a stage, and with that, the necessity of a particular cadence (what I ended up calling 'breath-length' clauses) in the sentence pattern, as well as declamation (something rarely seen in modern narrative, but with roots going back to Greek drama, and likely even further back to priestly performance)."