When the Old Guard Were New: Deadhouse Landing by Ian Cameron Esslemont

Because it occurs not that far along into Deadhouse Landing, I don’t feel bad about revealing that at one point our erstwhile heroes Wu and Dancer are forced into confronting one of the most dire threats of the Malazan Universe—being taken by an Azath.  A revelation that I’m sure will have many of you wondering which of the many great powers of that universe could have driven them onto those perilous grounds: K’rul?  T’riss?  Kallor, a Matron, Icarium? Worthy candidates all, but none powerful enough. Because it turns out each pales beside the unstoppable, the irresistible puissance of . . . the double-dare.

“G’wan,” the lad called, “we double-dare you.”

Wu looked at the overcast sky in exasperation. “Fine.” He stepped out among the dead knee-high grasses and weeds. “There. You happy now?”

“Wow, he actually is that stupid,” the lad whispered to his friends in wonderment…

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