|Memories of Ice|
|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.
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...
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)
- Spanish - Las memorias de hielo
|Memories of Ice|
|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 14||Chapter 15|
|Chapter 16||Chapter 17|
|Chapter 18||Chapter 19|
|Memories of Ice|
|Chapter 21||Chapter 22|
|Chapter 23||Chapter 24|
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.