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All is not well in Lamentable Moll. A sinister, diabolical killer stalks the port city's narrow, barrow-humped streets, and panic grips the citizens like a fever. Emancipor Reese is no exception, and indeed, with his legendary ill luck, it's worse for him than for most. Not only was his previous employer the unknown killer's latest victim, but Emancipor is out of work. AndAll is not well in Lamentable Moll. A sinister, diabolical killer stalks the port city's narrow, barrow-humped streets, and panic grips the citizens like a fever. Emancipor Reese is no exception, and indeed, with his legendary ill luck, it's worse for him than for most. Not only was his previous employer the unknown killer's latest victim, but Emancipor is out of work. And, with his dearest wife terminally comfortable with the manner of life to which she asserts she has become accustomed (or at least to which she aspires) -- for her and their two whelps -- all other terrors grow limp and pale for poor Emancipor. But perhaps his luck has finally changed, for two strangers have come to Lamentable Moll... and they have nailed to the centre post in Fishmonger's Round a note requesting the services of a manservant. This is surely a remarkable opportunity for the hapless Emancipor Reese... no matter that the note reeks with death-warded magic; no matter that the barrow ghosts themselves howl with fear every night; and certainly no matter that Lamentable Moll itself is about to erupt in a frenzy of terror-inspired anarchy....Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors....

Title : Blood Follows
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ISBN : 9781597800044
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Number of Pages : 121 Pages
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Blood Follows Reviews

  • Samir
    2019-01-18 19:02

    A cool investigation story with intriguing and mysterious characters and macabre elements in the spirit of the Penny Dreadful tv show.

  • Ivan
    2018-12-30 12:00

    Finally got this in preparation to read Malazan series in ultimate reading order I planed for early 2018.

  • Gavin
    2019-01-08 19:59

    This novella was like a regular Malazan story in miniature. It followed the familiar structure of introducing a number of characters, each with their own motivations and interests, and then weaving all their stories into an exciting converging climax. As this was a Malazan novella readers of the main series benefit from already recognizing the setting, the magic, the pantheon of Gods, and the non-human races. Blood Follows told the tale of how Emancipor Reese can to be in the employ of the nefarious necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. With a serial killer on the loose the citizens of the city of Lamentable Moll are edging towards panic. For the unfortunate Emancipor Reese the murder of his employer leaves him without a job. A situation his demanding and socially ambitions wife will simply not tolerate! When Reese spots a job going as a manservant for two mysterious foreigners he seizes on it and counts the "will need to travel" as a welcome bonus. Despite its small size Erikson still manages to introduce a host of new characters. The story itself was interesting and just beginning to get really engaging as the tale came to an end. Like the regular Malazan books this had plenty of dark humor and witty dialogue. All in all a decent read that was not quite as good as the regular Malazan series. Likely a symptom of the limited size of the novella.Rating: 3.5 stars.

  • Karl
    2019-01-09 12:09

    "Blood Follows" by Steven Erikson is set in the same world as the Malazan Book of the Fallen, but is not part of that series.The characters are Korbal Broach wh is is a eunuch, a killer and a necromancer. He has the habit of using the dead to do his bidding.Bauchelain is also wizard and a practicing necromancer who is friends with Korbal.In this story, bells are ringing in Lamentable Moll to signal the death of a very important person. Several killings have occurred for the past several days and the victims are eviscerated with organs gone missing.If one enjoys Mr. Erickson's work this will be right up your bailiwick as the characters are enjoyable and the plot interesting.This hardcover copy is number 28 of 300 signed and numbered copies, signed by Steven Erikson and by Stephen R. Donaldson who wrote the introduction.

  • ijeoma Agbaje
    2018-12-29 20:11

    Right so i decided to be ambitious, and try to do the ultimate malazan reading order ish, might not follow through all the way but what the this was a very intriguing novella and really quite good. Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are definitely characters i can't wait to meet in the malazan series proper.

  • Nate
    2019-01-14 19:18

    This was a nice little Malazan snack (as opposed to the usual Westeros-sized dinner we usually get from Erikson.) It’s only about a hundred pages and is a little different for Erikson in that it’s kind of a murder-mystery and even dare I say a kind of Malazan police procedural, as well as being a kind of origin story for how Emancipor Reese started working for mega-creeps Bauchelain & Korbal Broach. The basic plot is that a nightly series of gruesome murders are being committed in the awesomely-named-as-usual city of Lamentable Moll. Anyone who’s had the pleasure of reading Memories of Ice will have no trouble whatsoever figuring out who’s committing these crimes and why, but that doesn’t really hurt the fun of the novella. The real fun and tension is in seeing whether or not our intrepid detective protagonist Sergeant Guld will uncover the killer without getting turned into some fucked-up fantasy Unit 731 experiment. A little bit of trademark Erikson humor helps things along nicely.

  • Tiara
    2019-01-14 13:57

    More Reviews @ The BiblioSanctumComing on the heels of my first foray into the Malazan empire (Gardens of the Moon) is Blood Follows, a short novella revolving around events outside the main story. Blood Follows takes place in the town of Lamentable Moll in a region called Theft. Emancipor Reese has lost yet another job as yet another of his employers dies an ill-fated death. Mancy’s, as he’s called by his friends and wife, latest employer becomes the 11th victim to a serial killer stalking the streets of Moll. Having no recourse but to find another job as quickly as possibly–lest he face the wrath of his wife–Mancy answers a warded notice for a manservant to two eccentric necromancers, the scholarly Bauchelain and the large, quiet eunuch Korbal Broach.I read this as a gateway story while I gear up to read Deadhouse Gates, which is the second book in this Malazan series. Bauchelain, Korbal Broach, and Mancy are only background characters in the main novels, as I understand, so reading about their misadventures before the rest of the novels doesn’t really break anything in the story. This novella proves to be much like Erikson’s main offering, but on a smaller scale. Despite the short length, the book introduces quite a few cast of characters. However, given the short nature of this story, they’re not explored with the same depth. In fact, you pretty much have to make up your own mental image of most of the characters in this novel aside from the three men mentioned. There are some characters who beg for a deeper exploration while some just fall totally flat. That may or may not be a problem depending on your approach to short stories.The plot, while basic, is entertaining enough. The description for this book makes it sound much more dramatic than it actually is, such as saying there was chaos among the people when that’s hardly noted at all in the story. There were ghastly things going on in the story, but nothing ever really felt urgent. I didn’t feel the sense of tension in this story that it was trying to convey. In fact, the murders almost feel secondary to what’s going with the characters in the story, and one of the big reveals in this story just seemed pushed out there without even a real hint that this is what was going on. Mainly, the interest in the story comes from readers meeting the necromancers and their new manservant, and the witticism found throughout this story. The joking nature gives this a sort of dark humor feel which is wildly different from the mostly serious endeavor that is Gardens of the Moon, and for that, I found this story enjoyable.

  • Stefan Bach
    2019-01-09 12:01

    Give me a murder mystery/investigation - and watch me struggling not to jump off a window.Closed one. I was in a rush.'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 pre...' - oh come on!

  • Aventinus
    2018-12-22 17:17

    Πάνω από 20 βιβλία αποτελούν τον κόσμο του Malazan (και συνεχίζουν να γράφονται) κι αν θέλει κάποιος να διαβάσει τα πάντα - με την πιο λογική σειρά - τότε το Blood Follows είναι στη θέση No.3 σύμφωνα με το Malazan Wikia. Το Blood Follows είναι το πρώτο μέρος της σειράς The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach η οποία ακολουθεί την ιστορία των δύο necromancers, του Bauchelain και του Korbal Broach καθώς και του υπηρέτη τους, Emancipor, ο οποίος είναι ο Κακομοίρογλου αλά Malazan και η ιστορίa αφορά την γνωριμία του Emancipor με τους δύο necromancers. To format είναι τυπικό Erikson, διάφορα POVs τα οποία μπλέκονται μεταξύ τους και χαρακτήρες οι οποίοι δεν είναι αυτό που περιμένεις, με τη διαφορά ότι αντί να έχει έκταση 600+ σελίδες έχει μόνο ~100. Δεν είναι καθόλου βαρύ, είναι μία ευχάριστη μικρή ιστοριούλα με αρκετό χιούμορ που διαβάζεται πολύ εύκολα. Ένα ευχάριστο διάλειμα από τα τέρατα που γράφει συνήθως ο Erikson. Αναρωτιέμαι τι θα ακολουθήσει.

  • Jenna Kathleen
    2019-01-12 13:53

    I wish I followed the ultimate reading order and read this before MOI. Bauchelain, Korbal Broach and Emancipator were all characters who seemed to just "be there." I didn't love them; I didn't hate them. After reading Blood Follows, I think I would have enjoyed their adventures in MOI more so now I hope to see more of this group in the main series.

  • ScottHitchcock
    2019-01-17 16:55

    3.5*'s. Certainly not epic like the main series but some good tongue in cheek caustic humor.

  • JayThe Crippled God
    2019-01-19 17:53

    Interesting. A basic back story with some interesting passages. Not a necessary read ( doesn't have information ) that will enrich the Malazan series. Yet, an interesting read.

  • Grace
    2019-01-15 16:11

    ”Who the hell are these guys? What is their purpose and why am I reading about them?”That was the thought that dominated my mind at the conclusion of Blood Follows, this first short story of three that I would be reading ahead of Memories of Ice about title characters Korbal Broach and Bauchelain.We are introduced to Emancipor Reese, jobless and luckless in a bit of a hole in the wall of a port city called Lamentable Moll. He sort of dumb luck’s his way into employment as a manservant of Bauchelain. Meanwhile, a serial killer is loose on the streets that has the city’s chief inspector Guld on edge and seeking retribution for the violence done. The events lead to a chain reaction of sorts as things beings to unravel within the city.What doesn’t unravel by the end of this story, however, is who and what these two foreigners and newcomers that the story seems to revolve around.Now generally, I don’t find that feeling to be a good thing for a book. But this is Malazan, where nothing is handed to the reader and it takes awhile for things to ever really be fully explained, if they ever are explained. Also, this story was less than 100 pages long. And the contents of the tale was really more of an introduction of sorts.So I decided to give this the benefit of the doubt and held off on writing a review until after I finished the next two short stories.Well, two novellas and close to 300 pages later, I still can’t say I know who, what and why I’m reading about the adventures of Bauchelain and Broach. But early in the third and final short story, I’ve kind of made my peace with it. Granted, I probably would have liked this story much more if I did have a little more background on our two elusive subjects, but that just wasn't meant to be.Here's the thing; we don’t need to know an individual’s purpose, nor do we ever truly need to know who and what they are. The fact that most stories kind of hand this information to you is more of a courtesy to make things easier on the reader than a requirement of reading.In real life, some people just are, for no other reason than that’s just how they do things. Which is really how Bauchelain and Korbal Broach exists. They’re kind of like a chaotic neutral force. Neither good nor evil, they just are. Sure they may do things that some may not view as being kosher in any rational world, but it doesn’t come from a bad place necessarily either. It’s just the things they feel they need to do in order to survive this cruel world.All we need to know is that whatever they are, they either will or have made a huge impact on their world. This much I do know, if not truly after the first book, then certainly after the third, that they are powerful enough to be capable of shifting the balance of power whatever way they so choose.Maybe that is their intent; although likely it wasn’t. Honestly, it feels as if the chaos that they draw is just how things seems to work out for them and they kind of just shrug and take what comes at them in stride. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what they are and is likely not ours to know. Anymore than it was Guld’s to know their reasons for being in his city doing whatever it was that drew them there to begin with.

  • Mayank Agarwal
    2019-01-15 12:13

    This book based on a murder investigation felt like a filler, nothing much in it besides some character introduction, just when things started getting interesting it got over. Also the starting is so confusing and exhausting felt like dropping the book, one can easily give it a miss without losing anything from main Malzan plot. With the many characters introduced, the short story could easily have spun into a full-fledged novel, this felt like the introduction chapter.

  • Mē-chan
    2019-01-21 12:07

    Blood Follows or how Emancipor Reese came to be employed with Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. Poor old Mancy, it didn't start well for him.Cool little novella, if you like this trio in the Malazan series, you will find it interesting.

  • Saskia
    2019-01-11 17:59

    I enjoyed this novella very much. The city of Lamentable Moll is very peculiar and mysterious and even more so are its inhabitants. A fun and interesting introduction to Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, which combines horror and comedy very well.

  • Nagol
    2018-12-29 17:18

    Rating: ★★★★Enjoyed reading this book , a short story set in Malazan world following an investigation of mysterious murder cases . I have no idea why this book have low rating, it's quite fun to read !

  • Mens Rea
    2019-01-17 18:09

    What this book is about:We are in Lamentable Moll where a series of murders - 11 so far - have taken place over the course of 11 nights. The people are panicking and Sergeant Guld is appointed the task of finding the killer by King Seljure. Meanwhile, Emancipor Reese, a man with a legendary ill luck, is looking for a new job. His previous employer was one of the 11 victims of the vicious murderer, but Reese cannot afford unemployment. Lucky for him though, two mysterious new-comers are looking for a new manservant and he might just be the right man for the job!This is a novella from the short series of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach and its suggested reading order (according to the Malazan Wikia) is after both Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates of the main series: Malazan the Book of the Fallen. In order to follow and fully understand this book and some concepts presented in it, you need to have read at least the first book of the main series. As a novella, Blood Follows is quite short which is unusual of Erikson. The descriptions of the places were shorter but concise and definitely created a dark, mysterious and creepy atmosphere throughout the book. Although Erikson only used 100 or so pages he still managed to create vivid,complex characters and a quite sick but intriguing storyline. And lets not forget the twisted, dark humour which was abundant in this book as it is also in the main series.And thank Hood for the rat-hunters, the fearless bastards will spit at a warlock's feet if that spit was the last water on earth.This novella was a nice, fast and lighter read than the big, chunky books of the Malazan series. I flew through it in two days and I had a good time reading it, so I will be reading more of these small novellas again soon. But if you don't feel like reading them, these short stories are not integral parts in the Malazan series and you are definitely not missing something important. Still, I would recommend checking this one out, especially if you are undertaking the Malazan project (like I am) as it's a nice, quick addition to the Erikson tomes.

  • Edward Rathke
    2019-01-15 15:14

    Interesting to see Erikson at this scope. It was a funny and fun and interesting little whodunit.Erikson's working on a smaller canvas here but he's still keeping things great, and it really ramps up near the end.A different side to this epic world--I'll probably dig into a few more of these as well.

  • M Hamed
    2019-01-08 18:01

    the most disgusting thing i have ever read (view spoiler)[.pickled baby pink rats (hide spoiler)]

  • Amanda
    2019-01-10 12:22

    This first foray into the novellas was brief, but entertaining and they have all the flavour of the main novels without some of the weightiness and gravity.

  • Kunal Garg
    2019-01-13 20:13

    Shirt but fun nonetheless!

  • Kristen
    2019-01-01 14:57


  • Leif
    2019-01-19 13:55

    Second time; better than the first? In summary, Blood Follows is perfectly adequate. Not funny like "ha ha" more "funny" like heh. Emancipor Reese is the bait, of course, and Bauchelain the bait and sinker. Korbal Broach is never really around that much, I've noticed. Erikson maintains his narrative tic toward convergence and surprise revelations which works, on the whole, but given the brevity of the story there are some characters who receive extreme short shrift. It's clear that this is written in the spirit of adventure. There's the signature lurid approach to sexuality that Erikson will develop in these novellas. There's the slow burn of the necromancers and their servant. There's enough to keep you entertained – if you're already a fan. For the rest of us, grab it from the library when at loose ends.

  • Bruno Vasconcelos
    2019-01-02 18:22

    A nice short story

  • Kelsey Carter
    2018-12-23 15:17

    This book was OK. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I am enjoying the main series. They were part of this that I did not understand. I may understand it more on the reread.

  • Jim Galford
    2018-12-29 16:54

    Author of the popular Malzahn series of fantasy novels, Erikson turns to a different tale here. A killer stalks the city and danger lurks everywhere. A pleasant fantasy with mystery woven into it.

  • Frank
    2019-01-15 16:02

    Emancipor Reece is luckless and out of work but his wife is insisting that he try harder to find a job. In Lamentable Moll, a narrow-streeted barrow in the midst of a murder spree, this may not be easy. Luckily(?) Emancipor responds to a note from two strangers looking for the services of a manservant. Why not give it a whirl. This leads Emancipor into a possible world of magic and terror. The story is short, adequately introducing to Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, leaving the reader with a hope for more.

  • Nicholas
    2019-01-15 14:19

    Blood Follows is the first of a series of short stories set in the Malazan world following Beauchelain and Korbal Broach, a pair of necromancers who figure tangentially in Memories of Ice. I found it kind of odd that, unlike all of the other characters in that epic, this duo seemed thrust into the middle of the action with pretty much zero context and that their tale for the most part is completely self-contained. They were a genuine mystery.In this novella we learn how poor Emancipor (Mancy) Reese comes into the service of the necromancers. The tale is both frightening and funny as the hapless protagonist finds himself at the center of a confluence of events in the town of Lamentable Moll. Unemployed and with few prospects because of the luckless air that surrounds him, Reese takes up a job as manservant to a pair of odd foreigners that superficially promises not only financial reward for his insatiable wife and his brood of children, but, more importantly, freedom from their monotonously loving embrace.Blood Follows does all the same great things that the overarching Malazan narrative does well. The world is rich in lore and history. Societies are fleshed out with belief systems and organizational structures that show variety based on geography. What this short story does even better than the main Malazan novels is focus on a smaller setting and a closer-knit group of characters. It's also darkly funny, entertaining, and mysterious. Erikson proves that he can tell a succinct tale that is every bit as rich as the tomes he usually puts out and the cast of characters is diverse enough to make a motley ensemble, entertaining in their missteps and awkward interactions.I actually think this might be a good introduction to Erikson's writing. It's certainly more approachable than Gardens of the Moon and I don't think you really miss much in references that would put you at a disadvantage. I think some exposure to Erikson's ability to tell tales and what to expect from him would go a long way toward developing the patience and persistence necessary to make it throw the main Malazan books. So, in short: recommended for people who think they might have an interest in the Malazan Book of the Fallen, but haven't worked up the courage to tackle the daunting 10 book, nearly 10,000 page, marathon that is the main series.

  • Laura Hughes
    2019-01-13 12:14

    Blood Follows is Steven Erikson’s first Malazan novella, the first in a series detailing the nefarious exploits of necromantic duo Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. Bauchelain and Broach made their Malazan debut in the third book of the main series, Memories of Ice, in which they played a minor part in a battle outside the city of Capustan. Here we were also introduced to their long-suffering manservant Emancipor Reese, and made to wonder just how ‘’Mancy the Luckless’ came to work for his unnatural employers. Blood Follows answers this question for us in the form of a darkly humorous tale detailing the origins of Reese’s unlucky alliance with Bauchelain and Broach.Containing all the trademark Erikson features without the weight of a 1,000+ page novel, Blood Follows is a Malazan tale in miniature, a single piece of the colossal jigsaw puzzle that usually comprises the full-length novels. As such it’s a tightly focused, fast-paced and brilliantly self-contained story, set on an obscure island and focusing on a handful of characters and their macabre involvement in a series of grisly murders. For this the setting of Lamentable Moll is perfect: a city whose houses and streets are built around and on top of hundreds of ancient (and occasionally haunted) barrows.The novella introduces a cast of characters which is relatively small, yet nicely diverse and fleshed-out considering the very short page count. The main players – both of whom are amusing and likeable – are Emancipor Reese, the aforementioned down-on-his-luck worker with an exceedingly demanding wife; and Sergeant Guld, top dog amongst the city watch but currently struggling with the pressure of hunting down a serial-killing sorcerer. As usual Erikson also manages to nudge on from the sidelines several awesomely bizarre supporting characters, some of whom are much more than they first appear; it’s these little touches of weirdness and magic and humour that, for me, really make him stand out as an author. These, and of course his ability to weave an intriguing tale leading to an exciting convergence no matter how limited the length of the story may be.Blood Follows is a ghoulish, hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable Malazan outing that’s now beckoning me (with a fat, white, delicate hand) to read more of these Bauchelain and Korbal Broach novellas.