The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach: v. 1
by Steven Erikson
Bantam Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780593063941
Date: 19 August 2010 List Price £16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Steven Erikson's almost unbelievably epic Masterwork series The Malazan Books of the Fallen has been causing the shelves of reader to bow since the first one, Gardens of the Moon appeared ten years ago. Since then Erikson's steady output, both in terms of quality and regularity is a shining example of how to build a career in today's publishing world. He's a writer whose work will still be read for decades. Whilst we wait publication of The Crippled God (due in January next year) Bantam have released The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1 - a sequence of three short novels (perhaps novellas would be a better description) originally published by PS Publishing in limited editions. Blood Follows, The Lees of Laughter's End and The Healthy Dead are here presented together for the first time in a single hardcover volume.
""Blood Follows" - In the port city of Lamentable Moll, a diabolical killer stalks the streets and panic grips the citizens like a fever. As Emancipor Reese's legendary ill luck would have it, his previous employer is the unknown killer's latest victim. But two strangers have come to town, and they have posted in Fishmonger's Round a note, reeking of death-warded magic, requesting the services of a manservant. "The Lees Of Laughter's End" - After their blissful sojourn in Lamentable Moll, the sorcerers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach - along with their manservant, Emancipor Reese - set out on the open seas aboard the sturdy ship Suncurl. Alas, there's more baggage in the hold than meets the beady eyes of the crew, and unseemly terrors awaken. For Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, and Emancipor Reese, it is just one more night on the high seas, on a journey without end. "The Healthy Dead" - The city of Quaint's zeal for goodness can be catastrophic, and no one knows this better than Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, two stalwart champions of all things bad. The homicidal necromancers - and their substance-addled manservant, Emancipor Reese - find themselves ensnared in a scheme to bring goodness into utter ruination. Sometimes you must bring down civilization...in the name of civilization. "