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RETURN OF THE CRIMSON GUARD
 

TOR BOOKS BY IAN C. ESSLEMONT

Night of Knives

Return of the Crimson Guard

RETURN OF THE
CRIMSON GUARD
 

A NOVEL OF THE MALAZAN
EMPIRE

 

Ian C. Esslemont

 

A Tom Doherty Associates Book
New York

 

This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and
events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author's
imagination or are used fictitiously.

RETURN OF THE CRIMSON GUARD

Copyright © 2008 by Ian Cameron Esslemont

Map by Neil Gower

Previously published in the UK in 2008 in a limited edition by PS Publishing
LLP and by Bantam Press, a division of Transworld Publishers.

All rights reserved.

A Tor Book
Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

www.tor-forge.com

Tor® is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Esslemont, Ian C. (Ian Cameron)
     Return of the Crimson Guard : a novel of the Malazan empire / Ian C.
Esslemont.—1st Tor ed.
        p. cm.
    “A Tom Doherty Associates book.”
    ISBN 978-0-7653-2370-5 (hc)
    ISBN 978-0-7653-2372-9 (tpb)
    I. Title.
    PS3605.S684R48 2010
    813’.6—dc22

2009039509

First Tor Edition: April 2010

Printed in the United States of America

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This novel is dedicated to the first Winnipeg gang of the
Treherne Room and the second of Rick's Place.
For all those afternoons and evenings honing the trade.

With gratitude I acknowledge Peter Crowther, who made this work possible; John Jarrold, who extended a great deal of faith; and Simon Taylor, whose encouragement and welcome meant, and continue to mean, more than he knows.

Thanks also to Bill Hunter and Chris for their early readings.

 

Gerri, Conor, Ross, and Callum: you give it meaning.

 

DRAMATIS PERSONAE
 
 
IN UNTA
Imperial High Command
Laseen
Empress
High Fist Anand
Commander 4th Malazan Army (Quon Tali)
Havva Gulen
New Imperial High Mage
Korbolo Dom
High Fist and Sword of the Empire
Possum
Master of the Claw (the Imperial assassins)
Mallick Rel
Councillor and Assembly Representative
 
 
Unta Harbour Guard
Atelen Tinsmith
Sergeant of squad
Rigit Hands
Corporal of squad
Nait
Squad saboteur
Heuk
A cadre mage
Honey Boy
Soldier
Least
Half-Barghast soldier
 
 
Others in Unta
Coil
A Clawleader
Lady Batevari
A Seeress / Fortuneteller from Darujhistan
Oryan
A Seven Cities mage, bodyguard to Mallick Rel
Taya Radok
A dancing girl / assassin from Darujhistan
 
 
IN LI HENG
Malazan Army
Harmin Els D'Shil
A captain of the garrison
Gujran
A captain of the garrison
Banath
A sergeant of the garrison
Fallow
A healer of the garrison
 
 
Storo Matash's Squad
Storo Matash
Captain of a saboteur company, 3rd veteran
Shaky
Ranking saboteur
Hurl
Saboteur
Sunny
Saboteur
Silk
Squad corporal and cadre mage
Jalor
A Seven Cities recruit
Rell
A Genabackan recruit
 
 
Civilians in Li Heng
Magistrate Ehrlann
Member of the Ruling Council of Magistrates
Jamaer
Ehrlann's servant
Magistrate Plengyllen
Member of the Ruling Council of Magistrates
Liss
A city mage
Ahl
A city mage (with brothers Thai and Lar)
 
 
INCAWN
Nevall Od'Orr
Chief Factor of Cawn
Groten
NevalPs bodyguard
 
 
ON THE SETI PLAINS
Toc the Elder
Seti Warlord and Malazan ‘Old Guard’
Wildman
Seti champion, also known as ‘the Boar’, Sweetgrass
Imotan
Shaman of the Jackal warrior society
Hipal
Shaman of the Ferret warrior society
Captain Moss
Malazan cavalry captain
Redden Brokeleg
Ataman (chieftain) of the Plains Lion Assembly
Ortal
Ataman (chieftain) of the Black Ferret Assembly
 
 
ON THE WICKAN FRONTIER
Malazan Army
Rillish Jal Keth
Lieutenant of the Malazan 4th Army
Chord
Company sergeant
Talia
Malazan veteran
 
 
Wickans
Clearwater
A Wickan shaman
Nil
A Wickan warlock and veteran of the Seven Cities campaigns
Nether
A Wickan witch and veteran of the Seven Cities campaigns
Mane
A young Wickan warrior
Udep
A Wickan hetman (chieftain)
 
 
In the Pit
Ho (Hothalar)
A Li Heng mage
Yathengar 'ul Amal
A Seven Cities priest (‘Faladan’)
Sessin
Yathengar's bodyguard
Grief
A new prisoner
Treat
A new prisoner
Devaleth
A Korelan sea-witch and new prisoner
Su
A Wickan witch
 
 
IN QUON TALI PROVINCE
Ghelel Rhik Tayliin
Duchess, and last surviving member of the Tayliin family line
Amaron
Malazan Old Guard’, once commander of the Talons
Choss
Malazan Old Guard’, once High Fist
Marquis Jhardin
Commander of the Marchland Sentries
Prevost Razala
A cavalry captain
Molk
An agent of Amaron's
 
 
THE CRIMSON GUARD
Surviving Named Avowed
K'azz D'Avore
Commander, known by various titles
 
 
First Company
Skinner
Captain
Mara
Company mage
Gwynn
Company mage
Petal
Company mage
Kalt
Lieutenant
Farese
Hist
Shijel
Black the Lesser
 
 
Second Company
Shimmer
Captain
Cowl
High Mage and Master of Assassins, ‘Veils’
Stoop
Siegemaster of the Guard
Smoky
Company mage
Shellarr
‘Shell’, company mage
Blues
Company mage and swordmaster
Fingers
Company mage
Opal
Company mage
Isha
Company assassin, ‘Veil’
Keitil
Company assassin, ‘Veil’
Cole
Treat
Dim
Reed
Amatt
Sept
Lazar
Halfdan
Lean
Inese
Turgal
 
 
Third Company
Tarkhan
Captain and company assassin, ‘Veil’
Lor-sinn
Company mage
Sour
Company mage
Toby
Company mage
Balkin
Company mage
Lacy
Company assassin, ‘Veil’
Black
Baker
Janeth
Slate
Bower
Lucky
 
 
Fourth Company
Cal-Brinn
Captain and company mage
Iron Bars
Jup Alat
 
 
Among the First Induction (recruitment)
Sergeant Trench
Corlo
Voss
Ambrose
Palla
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