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Memories of Ice
Memories of Ice
Publication information
Series Malazan Book of the Fallen
Publisher Bantam (UK & Canada)
Tor Books (USA)
Released 6 December 2001
Pages 1,187 pp
(UK paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-553-81312-9
(UK paperback edition)
Preceded by Deadhouse Gates
Followed by House of Chains

Memories of Ice is the third book in Steven Erikson's series The Malazan Book of the Fallen. It was released in the UK and Canada in January 2001 and in the US in November 2005.

Publisher's SummaryEdit

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a fanatical tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all who fail to heed the Word of its elusive prophet, the Pannion Seer. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Dujek Onearm's Host and the Bridgeburners - each now outlawed by the Empress - alongside their enemies of old including the grim forces of Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, and his Tiste Andii, and the Rhivi people of the Plains. Outnumbered and mistrustful, they must get word to potential allies, including the mercenary brotherhood, the Grey Swords, whose orders are to hold the besieged city of Capustan at all costs.

But more ancient clans too are gathering. As if in answer to some primal summons, the massed ranks of the undead T'lan Imass have risen. For it would seem something altogether darker and more malign threatens the very substance of this world. The Warrens are poisoned and rumours abound that the Crippled God is now unchained and intent on a terrible revenge...

Front matterEdit


To R.S.Lundin


Appeared in other languages under the following titlesEdit

  • Bulgarian - Spomeni ot led
  • German - Die eisige Zeit, Der Tag des Sehers (issued in two installments)
  • Hungarian - A jég emlékezete
  • Italien - Memorie di ghiaccio
  • Polish - Wspomnienie lodu (issued in two installments)
  • Serbian - Sećanja na led
  • Spanish - Las memorias de hielo

Plot SummaryEdit

Memories of Ice
Dramatis Personae Prologue
The Spark and the Ashes
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
Memories of Ice
Chapter 21 Chapter 22
Chapter 23 Chapter 24
Chapter 25


The Prologue opens with a flashback to the 33rd Jaghut War when an Imass Bonecaster saves two Jaghut children from being killed by an Imass hunting group by sending them into what she believes to be a gate to Omtose Phellack. The scene then shifts to three years after the fall of the Crippled God when three Elder Gods converge on Kallor to punish him for his crimes. Kallor curses each one in return for being cursed by them. A wounded Togg watches from afar.

Book One: The Spark and the AshesEdit

Five mages, an Adjunct, countless Imperial Demons, and the debacle that was Daruhjistan, all served to publicly justify the outlawry proclaimed by the Empress on Dujek Onearm and his battered legions. That this freed Onearm and his Host to launch a new campaign, this time as an independent military force,to fashion his own unholy alliances which were destined to result in a continuation the dreadful Sorcery Enfilade on Genabackis, is, one might argue, incidental. Granted, the countless victims of that devastating time might, should Hood grant them the privilege, voice and entirely different opinion. Perhaps the most poetic detail of what would come to be called the Pannion Wars was in fact a precursor to the entire campaign: the casual, indifferent destruction of a lone, stone bridge by the Jaghut Tyrant on his ill-fated march to Darujhistan...

Imperial Campaigns (the Pannion War)
1194-1195, Volume IV, Genabackis

Imrygyn Tallobant (b. 1151)

Toc the Younger awakens in Morn and meets Onos T'oolan, who is waiting on Lady Envy. She arrives and the three decide to travel north to learn more about the Rent found in Morn. Lady Envy travels with a dog named Garath, an Ay named Baaljagg, and three Seguleh warriors, Mok, Thurule, and Senu. Mok is ranked highly amongst the Seguleh, and leads a punitive army against the Pannion Seer. On the way, Toc and Tool bond over making arrows, Lady Envy tries to flirt with Toc, much to his dismay, and the Seguleh - excluding Mok - attempt to challenge Tool to single combat. Both are defeated.

Gruntle is a Daru caravan guard with his friends Harllo and Stonny Menackis. They are escorting a mysterious figure named Keruli to Capustan. On the way they meet two sorcerers named Bauchelain and Korbal Broach who say they're traveling to Capustan on a whim. Another one of Gruntle's friends, Buke, claims that they're responsible for several murders in Darujhistan, and decides to join their caravan as a guard while seeking to kill them or die trying. On the way to Capustan, they stop in Saltoan where Keruli tries to bolster the defenses against the growing danger of the Pannion Seer through disinformation and propaganda. As they leave, they meet Hetan, Cafal, and Netok, three Barghast warriors from the White Face clan who claim to be hunting demons. They decide to join forces for their mutual protection. Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, through the help of a Barghast shaman now confined to a sticksnare, find Gruntle's caravan and warn them that the "demons" are coming. As they prepare for battle, Keruli determines that the "demons" are actually undead K'Chain Che'Malle K'ell hunters, things not seen on the earth for thousands of years. In the ensuing battle, Harllo and Gruntle are struck down.

The child born from the efforts of K'rul, Pran Chole, and Kruppe during Gardens of the Moon, is now living amongst the Rhivi. She is named Silverfox, has grown at an incredibly fast rate. She appears to be ten years old despite only being a few months since her mother, a Rhivi woman now known only as the Mhybe, gave birth to her. It is revealed that she is stealing her mother's youth as she grows. Silverfox reveals she contains the reborn souls of both Tattersail and Nightchill, though their disparate personalities take turns coming to the forefront. She claims to be a flesh and blood Bonecaster of the T'lan Imass and says she will summon them to help with the war against the Pannion Domin. Kallor declares her to be evil and admonishes all to kill her before she becomes too powerful and betrays them all.

The armies of Dujek Onearm and Caladan Brood meet, and their alliance is solidified. It is determined that their first stop should be Capustan to relieve the Grey Swords and their ultimate destination should be Coral to fight the Pannion Domin at their home base. Rumors are passed around that the Pannion Domin uses a horde of starving peasants known as the Tenescowri who have perpetrated horrible crimes, cannibalism being the least of these. The council of Darujhistan arrives, including Coll, Murillio, Estraysian D'Arle, and Kruppe who promise to aid the armies by providing supply lines and materiel through the Trygalle Trade Guild. Whiskeyjack, still nursing a badly healed leg after the fete, decides to stand in defense of Silverfox along with Korlat, Anomander Rake's second in command.

Ganoes Paran, now captain of the Bridgeburners, has been feeling ill and suffering from nightmare visions since his contact with the Hounds of Shadow and the events of the fete in Darujhistan. Mallet and Quick Ben determine that he is on the cusp of ascendancy and his resistance to it is causing him to feel sick. Silverfox declares him to be a new, unaligned card in the Deck of Dragons, the Master of the Deck. A table made by the Bridgeburners specifically for the Deck of Dragons is discovered in Caladan Brood's possession with Paran's face painted on it. Upon seeing it, Paran is transported to the Finnest House from where he travels to the Beast Hold and finds the thrones empty. He also sees that Burn is wounded with a shrunken, hooded figure chained to the wound. Silverfox says that a war has begun against the warrens themselves and that Paran is essential to winning this war. Paran is certain he'll fail.

Quick Ben, upon meeting the Crippled God, determines that he has poisoned Burn. Visiting a Witch of Tennes, he discovers that Burn sleeps to dream, and that her dreams have become fevered. He realizes that if Burn dies, all of humanity will be in danger. He vows to save Burn and find a way to thwart the Crippled God. The witch promises to help.

We learn through Anomander Rake and Caladan Brood that they, along with other ascendants, were responsible for the chaining, thinking it was the only feasible solution at the time. Both the Crippled God and the sorcerers of the Pannion Domin use the warren of Chaos. Rake doesn't think this is a coincidence. If Burn dies, they realize, her warren will be the pathway to the other warrens, and the Crippled God will destroy them and as a result, destroy all magic. The destruction, Brood suggests, won't stop there.

Book Two: HearthstoneEdit

Midnight comes often in the dusk of my life, when I look back upon all that I have survived. The deaths of so many for whom I cared and loved in my hear, have expunged all sense of glory from my thoughts. To have escaped those random fates has lost all triumph.

I know you have seen me, friend, my lined face and silent regard, the cold calcretions that slow my embittered pace, as I walk down the last years, clothed in darkness as are all old men, haunted by memories...

The Road Before You
Jhorum of Capustan

In the city of Capustan, Karnadas, Brukhalian, and Itkovian (the Destriant, Mortal Sword, and Shield Anvil of Fener's Reve, respectively), lead the Grey Swords in the city's defense against the Pannion Domin. They are employed by Prince Jelarkan, who is struggling with the political maneuvering of the Mask Council, a group of priests who wear the visages of various elder gods and ascendants. Itkovian takes a regiment of Grey Swords outside of Capustan where they are attacked by undead K'ell hunters, but meet with Pran Chole and the T'lan Imass. The T'lan Imass offer aid against the K'chain Che'Malle, but not against the human Pannion Armies. Itkovian also encounters Gruntle's caravan along with Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Hetan and Cafal. Harllo and Netok died during the battle with the K'ell hunters. The Grey Swords take them all to Capustan. Shortly afterwards, the Pannion troops surround Capustan including 100,000 Tenescowri, the starving peasant army.

Hetan and Cafal approach the Mask Council with demands that the remains of the founding families of the Barghast be turned over to them. The council accedes, and the Elder Barghast Spirits are awakened.

Gruntle is drinking heavily after learning of Harllo's death, but snaps out of it thanks to Buke and Stonny. Stonny is staying with the Grey Swords, and has pledged loyalty to Keruli. Buke continues to stay with Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, who have purchased a manor in Capustan. Buke claims he stays because he needs to stop them; Broach has resumed murdering citizens. Keruli gives Buke a small clay bird to help him.

Quick Ben wanders the warrens, tasting a new foulness affecting them. Wandering to Hood's realm, he meets Talamandas, a sticksnare with the soul of one of the first founders of the Barghast. He frees Talamandas after learning that the Barghast were once T'lan Imass who lived together with the Thelomen Toblakai. Later, Quick Ben meets up with Antsy's squad who are waiting for him as the rest of the Bridgeburners meet with Humbrall Taur and the White Face Barghast. Quick Ben is grabbed by the Barghast Spirits who, with Talamandas as their spokesperson, tell him they need to make contact with the Barghast shouldermen and convince them to go to Capustan where their remains are located. Quick Ben suggests channeling their power through Mallet who is en route to the White Face encampment.

The Bridgeburners, led by Ganoes Paran, all go to meet with the White Face Barghast to negotiate an alliance against the Pannion Domin. Trotts claims to have blood ties to the first families, and fights a duel against one of Humbrall Taur's sons. Trotts kills the boy, but is mortally wounded in the process. Mallet arrives in time to heal him, and is saved from the fatal poisoning of his warren when the Barghast Spirits intervene. Quick Ben arrives soon after, and he and Paran meet with Humbrall Taur, allowing the Barghast Spirits to be felt in the White Face clan for the first time.

Dujek Onearm's army along with Caladan Brood's host march slowly to Capustan, with the Trygalle Trade Guild supplying them. Silverfox now appears to be a teenager, while the Mhybe is wracked with pain from old age. Kruppe, Korlat, and Whiskeyjack all attempt to console the Mhybe, but she refuses their comfort, and is further tormented by dreams of faceless menaces. Korlat and Whiskeyjack become lovers. Kallor accepts an offer to become the High King in the House of Chains in exchange for an opportunity to kill Silverfox.

Toc the Younger and Tool deepen their friendship while making arrows and blades from stone. When Toc sees a vision of Baaljagg's history as an Ay, Tool gives him an Imass name: Aral Fayle. Toc also witnesses Trake's death, and meets with Kilava who intends to go to Coral not to answer Silvefox's summons, but to complete unfinished business. The rivalry between Tool and Mok intensifies when Tool sees Mok dismantle a K'ell hunter with ease. Lady Envy meets with K'rul who reveals that the warrens all feed on his blood, and that the Cripple God is poisoning him, and he needs Envy's help in bringing Toc and the Seguleh into the heart of the Pannion Seer's territory.

Upon entering the Seer's territory, Toc abandons his party for his own safety, and joins the Tenescowri, hoping they'll meet up with the Malazans. Weeks later, starved and delirious, he is summoned by the Pannion Seer and sees the corpse of an old man being animated by a Jaghut who is further empowered by grey tendrils of power reaching down. When he's given another vision of his party through Baaljagg's eyes, the Seer casts him into a prison with the K'Chain Ch'Malle matron that once dwelt in the Rent at Morn. He is kept alive with sorcery while the Matron, insane from pain and grief at the loss of her children, breaks his bones over and over in her embrace.

Book Three: CapustanEdit

Book Four: Memories of Ice Edit

Epilogue Edit

Significant plot details end here.

Notes and ReferencesEdit

Malazan Book of the Fallen Gardens of the MoonDeadhouse GatesMemories of IceHouse of ChainsMidnight TidesThe BonehuntersReaper's GaleToll the HoundsDust of DreamsThe Crippled God
Novels of the Malazan Empire Night of KnivesReturn of the Crimson GuardStonewielderOrb Sceptre ThroneBlood and BoneAssail
Kharkanas Trilogy Forge of DarknessFall of LightWalk in Shadow
Bauchelain & Korbal Broach Blood FollowsThe Healthy DeadThe Lees of Laughter's EndThe Wurms of BlearmouthCrack'd Pot Trail

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