Path to Ascendancy is a three volume epic fantasy series written by Ian C. Esslemont that serves as a prequel to both the author's six volume Novels of the Malazan Empire series and Malazan co-creator Steven Erikson's ten volume Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The trilogy is set in the early days of the foundation of the Malazan Empire.
In a November 2017 interview, Esslemont said the trilogy could be extended to more books if sales and interest warranted. A post written in March 2019 by Steven Erikson on the progress of his own novel indicated that Esslemont is indeed working on a second prequel trilogy.
The Books Edit
Short Introductions Edit
- Dancer's Lament depicts the rocky start of the partnership between a young mage and a young assassin that would eventually lead to the foundation of the Malazan Empire. The pair attempt to make their way in the city of Li Heng as unexpected foes both large and small stand in the way.
- Deadhouse Landing moves the action to Malaz City as Wu and Dancer attempt to establish a power base in the city of the notorious pirate, Mock. The strange duo are joined by many familiar Napan faces. Meanwhile Kartool is rocked by political intrigue amongst the priesthood of D'rek.
- Kellanved's Reach sees the mage's plans finally take root as he pursues an ancient seat of power and the beginnings of an empire are born.