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Memorie Di Ghiaccio è il terzo libro della serie Il Libro Malazan Dei Caduti, di Steven Erikson. Pubblicato in Inghilterra e Canada nel Gennaio 2001 e in America nel Novembre 2005.

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Il continente devastato di Genabackis ha dato vita a un nuovo terrificante Impero: il Dominio di Pannion. Come una marea di sangue corrotto, si espande in tutto il continente, divorando tutti coloro che non riescono a sentire la Parola del suo immancabile profeta, il Profeta di Pannion. Sul suo percorso si staglia un'alleanza disagiata: 5a Armata di Dujek UnBraccio e gli Arsori Di Ponti - tutti ora banditi dall'Imperatrice - accanto ai nemici, incluse le forze spaventose dei Signori Della Guerra Caladan Brood e Anomander Rake, figlio dell'Oscurità, e il suoi Tiste Andii e le persone della pianura. 

Contraddistinti e diffidenti, dovranno parlare con i potenziali alleati, tra cui la compagnia mercenaria, le Spade Grigie, il cui ordine è di difendere la città assediata di Capustan.

Ma anche clan più antichi si stanno radunando. Come se rispondessero ad alcuni istinti primordiali, i ranghi massicci dei non morti T'lan Imass sono tornati. Perché sembrerebbe una minaccia più oscura e più maligna che vuole attaccare  la sostanza stessa di questo mondo. I Canali sono avvelenati e le voci abbondano, che il Dio Storpio è ora libero e intento a una vendetta terribile ...

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A R.S.Lundin

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I extend my gratitude to the following for their support and friendship: Clare, Bowen, Mark, David, Chris, Rick, Cam, Courtney; Susan and Peter, David Thomas Sr. and Jr., Harriet and Chris and Lily and Mina and Smudge; Patrick Walsh and Simon and Jane. Thanks also to Dave Holden and his friendly staff (Tricia, Cindy, Liz, Tanis, Barbara, Joan, Nadia, Amanda, Tony, Andi and Jody) of the Pizza Place, for the table and the refills. And thanks to John Meaney for the disgusting details on dead seeds.

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Titolo del libro in altre lingueModifica

  • Bulgarian - Spomeni ot led
  • Czech - Vzpomínky ledu
  • Dutch - In de Ban van de Woestijn
  • German - Die eisige Zeit, Der Tag des Sehers (issued in two installments)
  • Hungarian - A jég emlékezete
  • Italian - Memorie di ghiaccio
  • Polish - Wspomnienie lodu (issued in two installments)
  • Serbian - Sećanja na led
  • Spanish - Las memorias de hielo
  • Romanian - Amintirile Gheții

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[of Ice|Memories of Ice]
[of Ice/Dramatis Personae|Dramatis Personae] [of Ice/Prologue|Prologue]
The Spark and the Ashes
[of Ice/Chapter 1|Chapter 1] [of Ice/Chapter 2|Chapter 2]
[of Ice/Chapter 3|Chapter 3] [of Ice/Chapter 4|Chapter 4]
[of Ice/Chapter 5|Chapter 5] [of Ice/Chapter 6|Chapter 6]
Hearthstone
[of Ice/Chapter 7|Chapter 7] [of Ice/Chapter 8|Chapter 8]
[of Ice/Chapter 9|Chapter 9] [of Ice/Chapter 10|Chapter 10]
[of Ice/Chapter 11|Chapter 11] [of Ice/Chapter 12|Chapter 12]
[of Ice/Chapter 13|Chapter 13]
Capustan
[of Ice/Chapter 14|Chapter 14] [of Ice/Chapter 15|Chapter 15]
[of Ice/Chapter 16|Chapter 16] [of Ice/Chapter 17|Chapter 17]
[of Ice/Chapter 18|Chapter 18] [of Ice/Chapter 19|Chapter 19]
[of Ice/Chapter 20|Chapter 20]
Memories of Ice
[of Ice/Chapter 21|Chapter 21] [of Ice/Chapter 22|Chapter 22]
[of Ice/Chapter 23|Chapter 23] [of Ice/Chapter 24|Chapter 24]
[of Ice/Chapter 25|Chapter 25]
[of Ice/Epilogue|Epilogue] [of Ice/Pagination|Pagination]

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Il Prologo si apre con un flashback sulla 33a Guerra Jahgut quando una Divinatrice Imass salva due bambini Jahgut dal venire uccisi da un gruppo di cacciatori Imass spedendoli all’interno di quello che lei crede essere un portale per Omtose Phellack.

La scena poi si sposta tre anni dopo la caduta del Dio Storpio quando tre Dei Antichi convergono su Kallor per punirlo per i suoi crimini. Kallor maledice ognuno per essere stato maledetto a sua volta da loro. Un ferito Togg guarda da lontano.

Libro Primo: La Scintilla e Le Ceneri

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Epitaffio

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)


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Toc il Giovane si risveglia a Morn e incontra Onos T’oolan, che sta aspettando Lady Invidia. Lei arriva e i tre decidono di viaggiare verso nord per scoprire di più sullo Squarcio trovato a Morn. Lady Invidia viaggia insieme a un cane di nome Garath, e a un Ay di nome Baaljagg, e tre guerrieri Seguleh, Mok, Thurule, e Senu. Sulla strada, Toc e Tool legano mentre fabbricano frecce, Lady Invidia prova a flirtare con Toc, con grande sbigottimento da parte sua, e i Seguleh – ad esclusione di Mok – tentano di sfidare Tool ad un combattimento singolo. Entrambi vengono sconfitti.

Gruntle è una guardia di carovana Daru insieme ai suoi amici Harllo e Stonny Menackis. Stanno scortando una misteriosa figura di nome Keruli verso Capustan. Durante il viaggio incontrano due stregoni chiamati Bauchelain e Korbal Broach che dicono di essere in viaggio per Capustan per capriccio. Un altro degli amici di Gruntle, Buke, afferma che loro sono responsabili di numerosi omicidi in Darujhistan, e decide di unirsi alla loro carovana come guardia tentando nel mentre di ucciderli o morire nel tentativo. Sulla strada per Capustan, si fermano in Saltoan dove Keruli tenta di sostenere le difese contro il crescente pericolo del Veggente Pannion attraverso disinformazione e propaganda. Mentre partono, incontrano Hetan, Cafal, e Netok, tre guerrieri Barghast dal clan Viso Bianco che affermano di essere a caccia di demoni. Decidono di unire le forze per la loro mutua protezione. Bauchelain e Korbal Broach, con l’aiuto di uno sciamano Barghast ora confinato in una figura-stecco, trovano la carovana di Gruntle e li avvisano che i “demoni” stanno arrivando. Nel prepararsi alla battaglia, Keruli stabilisce che questi “demoni” sono in realtà non-morti Cacciatori K’ell K’Chain Che’Malle, esseri non visti sulla terra da migliaia di anni. Nella seguente battaglia, Harllo e Gruntle vengono colpiti.

La bambina nata dagli sforzi di K’rul, Pran Chole, e Kruppe durante I Giardini della Luna, sta ora vivendo tra i Rhivi. Si chiama Volpe d’Argento, ed è cresciuta ad una incredibile velocità. Sembra dimostrare dieci anni nonostante sia di pochi mesi da quando sua madre, una donna Rhivi ora conosciuta come la Mhybe, l’ha data alla luce. Volpe d’Argento non sa che la sua rapida crescita è alimentata dal prosciugamento della giovinezza di sua madre. La giovane ragazza rivela che dentro di lei ci sono le anime rinate di entrambe Tattersail e Nightchill, anche se le loro disparate personalità si alternano a turno. Volpe d’Argento rivela di essere una Divinatrice in carne e ossa dei T’lan Imass e dice che li convocherà per aiutare nella guerra cobtro il Dominio di Pannion. Kallor la dichiara malvagia e ammonisce tutti ad ucciderla prima che diventi troppo potente e li tradisca tutti.

Le armate di Dujek Il Monco e Caladan Brood si incontrano, e la loro alleanza è consolidata. Viene deciso che la loro prima tappa dovrebbe essere Capustan per alleggerire le Spade Grigie e la loro ultima destinazione dovrebbe essere Corallo per combattere il Dominio di Pannion nel suo quartier generale. Sono circolate voci che il Dominio di Pannion utilizzi un orda di contadini affamati conosciuti come Tenescowri che hanno perpetrato orribili crimini, il cannibalismo è l’ultimo di questi. Arriva il concilio di Darujhistan, compresi Coll, Murillio, Estraysian D’Arle, e Kruppe che promette di aiutare gli eserciti provvedendo alle linee di rifornimento e al materiale attraverso la Gilda Commerciale Trygalle. Whiskeyjack, ancora convalescente per una gamba curata malamente dopo la festa, decide di porsi in difesa di Volpe d’Argento insieme con Korlat, il comandante in seconda di Anomander Rake.

Ganoes Paran, ora capitano degli Arsori di Ponti, si è sentito male e ha sofferto di visioni di incubi da quando è entrato in contatto con i Segugi dell’Ombra e dagli eventi della festa in Darujhistan. Mallet e Ben lo Svelto determinano che è sul punto di ascendere e la sua resistenza a ciò gli sta causando il sentirsi male. Volpe d’Argento lo dichiara di essere una nuova, non allineata carta nel Mazzo dei Draghi, il Signore del Mazzo. Un tavolo fatto dagli Arsori di Ponti specificatamente per il Mazzo dei Draghi è scoperto in possesso di Caladan Brood con dipinta la faccia di Paran. Dopo averla vista, Paran è trasportato nella Casa Finnest da dove viaggia fino alla Fortezza delle Bestie e trova due troni vuoti. Inoltre vede che Burn è ferita con una figura contratta, incappucciata, incatenata alla ferita. Volpe d’Argento afferma che è iniziata una guerra contro gli stessi Canali e che Paran è essenziale per vincere questa guerra. Paran è sicuro che fallirà.

Ben lo Svelto, dopo aver incontrato Il Dio Storpio, stabilisce che ha avvelenato Burn. Visitando una strega di Tennes, scopre che Burn dorme per sognare e che i suoi sogni sono diventati febbricitanti.  Realizza che se Burn dovesse morire, tutta l’umanità sarà in pericolo. Promette di salvare Burn e di trovare un modo per contrastare Il Dio Storpio. La strega promette di aiutare.

Apprendiamo attraverso Anomander Rake e Caladan Brood che loro, insieme ad altri Ascendenti, sono stati responsabili dell’incatenamento, pensando che fosse a suo tempo l’unica soluzione possibile. Sia Il Dio Storpio che i maghi del Dominio di Pannion usano il Canale del Caos. Rake pensa che non sia una coincidenza. Se Burn muore, realizzano, il suo canale farà da strada per gli altri Canali, e Il Dio Storpio li distruggerà e come risultato, distruggerà tutta la magia. La distruzione, suggerisce Brood, non si fermerà lì.

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Libro Secondo: Il Focolare ===

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Epigraph

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 heart, 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


Nella città di Capustan, Karnadas, Brukhalian e Itkovian (rispettivamente il Destriante, la Spada Mortale, e l’Incudine-Scudo del Reve di Fener) guidano le Spade Grigie nella difesa della città contro il Dominio di Pannion. Sono stati assoldati dal Principe Jelarkan, che sta lottando contro le manovre politiche del Concilio Mascherato, un gruppo di sacerdoti che indossano i volti dei vari dei antichi e ascendenti. Itkovian guida un regimento di Spade Grigie fuori Capustan dove vengono attaccati da cacciatori K’ell non-morti ma si imbattono in Pran Chole e i T’lan Imass. I T’lan Imass si offrono di aiutare contro i K’chain Che’Malle ma non contro le armate umane di Pannion. Inoltre Itkovian incontra la carovana di Gruntle insieme a Bauchelain e Korbal Broach, e Hetan e Cafal. Harllo e Netok sono morti durante lo scontro con i cacciatori K’ell. Le Spade Grigie portano tutti a Capustan. Poco dopo le truppe Pannion e 100.000 Tenescowri, l’esercito affamato di contadini, circondano Capustan.

Hetan e Cafal si rivolgono al Concilio Mascherato con la richiesta che i resti delle famiglie fondatrici Barghast vengano restituiti. Il consiglio acconsente e gli Spiriti Antichi Barghast vengono risvegliati.

Gruntle sta bevendo pesantemente da quando ha appreso della morte di Harllo, ma ne esce fuori grazie a Buke e Stonny. Stonny sta restando con le Spade Grigie, e ha giurato fedeltà a Keruli. Buke continua a rimanere con Bauchelain e Korbal Broach, che hanno acquistato un villa in Capustan. Buke afferma che resta perché lui deve fermarli; Broach ha ripreso ad uccidere cittadini. Keruli per aiutarlo dà a Buke un piccolo uccello d’argilla. 

Ben lo Svelto vaga per i Canali, percependo come una nuova malvagità li stia infettando. Vagando per il regno di Hood, incontra Talamandas, una figura-stecco con l’anima di una dei primi antenati Barghast. Lo libera dopo aver appreso che i Barghast furono un tempo T’lan Imass che vissero insieme ai Thelomen Toblakai. In seguito Ben lo Svelto si incontra con lo squadrone di Antsy che lo stavano aspettando mentre il resto degli Arsori di Ponti si incontrano con Humbrall Taur e i Barghast Viso Bianco. Ben lo Svelto viene preso dagli Spiriti Barghast che gli dicono, attraverso Talamdas come loro portavoce, di aver bisogno di entrare in contatto con gli sciamani Barghast e convincerli ad andare a Capustan dove si trovano i loro resti. Ben lo Svelto consiglia di incanalare il loro potere attraverso Mallet, in viaggio per l’accampamento dei Viso Bianco.

Gli Arsori di Ponti, al comando di Ganoes Paran, vanno ad incontrarsi con i Barghast Viso Bianco per negoziare un’alleanza contro il Dominio di Pannion. Trotts afferma di avere legami di sangue con le prime famiglie, e affronta in duello uno dei figli di Humbrall Taur. Trotts uccide il ragazzo, ma viene mortalmente ferito nello scontro. Mallet arriva in tempo per curarlo, e viene salvato dal fatale avvelenamento del suo canale quando gli Spiriti Barghast intervengono. Ben lo Svelto arriva poco dopo, e lui e Paran si incontrano con Humbrall Taur, acconsentendo agli Spiriti Barghast di essere percepiti nel clan Viso Bianco per la prima volta.

L’esercito di Dujek Il Monco insieme con l’armata di Caladan Brood marciano lentamente verso Capustan, riforniti dalla Gilda Commerciale Trygalle. Ora Volpe d’Argento appare come un adolescente, mentre la Mhybe è colpita dal dolore della vecchiaia. Kruppe, Korlat e Whiskeyjak cercano tutti di consolare la Mhybe, ma lei rifiuto il loro conforto, e in seguito è tormentata da sogni su una minaccia senza volto. Korlat e Whiskeyjak diventano amanti. Kallor accetta l’offerta di diventare L’Alto Re nella Casa delle Catene in cambio di un’opportunità per uccidere Volpe d’Argento.

Toc il Giovane e Tool approfondiscono la loro amicizia mentre costruiscono frecce e lame di pietra. Quando Toc ha una visione sulla storia di Baaljagg come Ay, Tool gli dà un nome Imass: Aral Fayale. Toc inoltre assiste alla morte di Trake, e si incontra con Kilava che intende andare a Corallo, non per rispondere alla convocazione di Volpe d’Argento, ma per portare a termine una faccenda incompiuta. La rivalità tra Mok e Tool si intensifica quando Tool vede Mok fare a pezzi un cacciatore K’ell con facilità. Lady Invidia si incontra con K’rul che rivela che tutti i canali si alimentano son il suo sangue, e che il Dio Storpio lo sta avvelenando, e ha bisogno dell’aiuto di Invidia per portare Toc e i Seguleh nel cuore del territorio del Veggente Pannion.

All’entrata nel territorio del Veggente, Toc abbandona il gruppo e si unisce ai Tenescowri, sperando che si incontreranno con i Malazan. Settimane dopo, affamato e delirante, è convocato dal Veggente Pannion e vede il cadavere di un vecchio uomo venir animato da uno Jaghut il cui potere è ulteriormente accresciuto da grigi viticci di potere che si estendono dal basso. Quando un’altra visione della sua compagnia atraverso gli occhi di Baaljagg, il Veggente lo scaglia in una prigione con la matrona K’Chain Che’Malle che un tempo dimorava nello Squarcio a Morn. Viene tenuto in vita attraverso incantesimi mentre la Matrona, folle dal dolore e afflitta per la perdita dei suoi figli, gli spezza le ossa ancora e ancora con il suo abbraccio.

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The Last Mortal Sword of Fener's Reve was Fanald of Cawn Vor, who was killed in the Chaining. The last Boar-cloaked Destriant was Ipshank of Korelri, who vanished during the Last Flight of Manask on the Stratem Icefields. Another waited to claim that title, but was cast out from the temple before it came to him, and that man's name has been stricken from all records. It is known, however, that he was from Unta; that he had begun his days a s a cutpurse living on its foul streets, and that his casting out from the temple was marked by the singular punishment of Fener's Reve...

Temple Lives
Birrin Thund


Toc the Younger is being held in the fortress city of [[1]], locked in the Matron's embrace. He is now deformed and losing his mind, but hears news of the Pannions fighting a costly war to the south as Lady Envy's party makes its way towards the Seer. Eventually, Tool, Garath, and Baaljagg break into Outlook, forcing the Seer to flee with Toc and the Matron to Coral. When he sleeps, he dreams of running with a pack of wolves, seeking a quarry to deliver something, and Toc realizes that the winter god [[2]] resides within him. He also learns that Baaljagg is the physical manifestation of [[3]], the millenia of separation between Fanderay and Togg feeds her desperate chase. Toc is shown the bay of Coral and meets a [[4]] who shows him unexpected kindness.

The city of Capustan is besieged by the Pannion Domin, who attack with 80,000 soldiers and nearly 300,000 Tenescowri. Itkovian leads the Grey Swords in defense of the city using a strategy of controlled withdrawal, which initially devastates the attackers. Outnumbered as they are, however, the defense begins to crumble. Gruntle, at first uninterested in fighting, finds Stonny Menackis, who was raped by a Seerdomin. An inexplicable change comes over him, and he rallies several camps and bolsters the Grey Swords's defense, essentially saving the city. The Tenescowri attack, and overrun the city by sheer weight of numbers. Gruntle has been fighting with an impromptu militia in a tenement building. Each member of his militia, including Gruntle, is magically bedecked with tiger stripes, and begin communicating without words. Itkovian makes the observation that Trake walks in Gruntle's shadow. Itkovian feels [[5]] waning in power, and has a crisis of faith.

Keruli enters the Mask Council, demanding to be given a place on the council as [[6]], and protects the [[7]] by working with the Barghast. [[8]], having made a deal with the Pannion Domin, summons Brukhalian to protect him. Brukhalian is killed by Seerdomin on his way to the thrall, and Karnadas dies shortly after. Itkovian promises revenge for Rath'Fener's betrayal. He takes the remaining Grey Swords to Prince Jelarkan's palace where he meets [[9]], the leader of the Tenescowri and finds that Jelarkan is dead, having been eaten by them. As the Shield Anvil, Itkovian offers to take Anaster's despair from him, which causes Anaster to flee in terror.

The White Face Barghast and the Bridgeburners arrive at Capustan and see the city overrun and burning. Paran takes the Bridgeburners in first, where he meets Gruntle, who is now Trake's Mortal Sword. The next day, the White Face successfully drive the Pannion Domin out of the city into the path of the coming army led by Dujek and Brood. Paran sees a vision of Fener being pulled into the mortal world and is told by Nightchill about the coming war with the Crippled God. Paran accepts his role as Master of the Deck, and accompanies Gruntle to the Thrall where they meet Itkovian. Itkovian knows that Fener has been replaced by Trake, but refuses to give up his oath. He ritually severs Rath'Fener's hands and spiritually takes his grief from him, taking on the souls of Capustan's dead with it. This momentarily kills him, but Paran brings him back to life.

Buke stays on as guard to Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, enrolling the help of Capan citizens to curtail Korbal Broach's murders. The clay bird Keruli gave him changed him into a [[10]] sparrow hawk, which he uses to spy on Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, who make an abortive attempt to kidnap Anaster. When the battle is done, Buke chooses to remain a sparrow hawk for good, and flies away from the burning city.

The Mhybe has grown so old she can no longer walk. When she sleeps, she dreams of being chased by wolves, and nearly caught before awakening each time. Coll and Murillio, offended by how she has been cast aside and confined to a wagon, decide to steal her away when they reach Capustan with the hopes of finding a priest who will grant her a dignified end.

Dujek and Brood's collective army march on towards Capustan. Silverfox summons the T'lan Ay, which causes tensions to rise given her ambivalence towards the involvement of the T'lan Imass in the war with the Pannions. It is discussed amongst the group that The Pannion Seer is probably a Jaghut tyrant working with a living K'Chain Che'malle Matron, and that he is most likely a pawn of the Crippled God. When Kruppe boasts that he can protect everyone from the Cripple God, Caladan Brood strikes him with Burn's hammer. Despite the ensuing earthquake, Kruppe is unharmed, proving to all he has the protection of an Elder God. Whiskeyjack and Dujek agree to remain focused on the Pannion Seer and allow the various ascendants to deal with the Crippled God.

Upon meeting the Pannion forces outside of Capustan, Brood discovers that the outlawry proclamation was false in order to gain an alliance with Brood and the rest. Anomander Rake says he knew about this already, but chose to ally with the Malazans because they were the only force interested in seeing peace brought to the Pannion lands. Rake uses his [[11]] form to scare the Tenescowri into surrendering, and Anaster is taken hostage. The White Face Barghast decide to accompany the army to see the Pannion Seer killed. The Grey Swords, now sworn to Togg and Fanderay, elect to come as well, as does Gruntle's militia. They decide to split their forces and meet up at Coral, which appears to be where the final battle will be fought.

The Second Gathering of the T'lan Imass takes place. Silverfox seeks to give the undead warriors a new enemy to fight, but they instead ask to be released from the ritual. Silverfox accuses them of abandoning her, and refuses to release even the T'lan Ay.

Quick Ben, aided by Talamandas, is given the protection of the Barghast gods to use his warrens without being affected by the Crippled God's poison. He is told by [[12]] that Paran, as the Master of the Deck has the ability to deny the Cripppled God legitimacy in the Deck of Dragons. Paran thinks that legitimizing the House of Chains will bind the Crippled God into playing by the same rules as the rest of the pantheon.

Envy, the Seguleh, Baaljagg,and Garath are fighting through [Phellack|Omtose Phellack] to find Toc the Younger and the Pannion Seer. As they cross a sea festooned with icebergs they run across a female T'lan Imass named [Tog|Lanas Tog], who is answering Silverfox's summons with news of two nations of T'lan Imass that have been all but wiped out during a war with humans.

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The armies against the Seer split with the Barghast and the Malazans travelling to [[13]], and the Tiste Andii and Brood's forces going to [[14]]. They plan to meet up in [[15]], but Dujek and Whiskeyjack divide their forces further, sending the Bridgeburners and half the army directly to Coral. Their plan is to disrupt any ambushes the Seer has in place for Brood's forces. This causes some tension when Brood finds out, Kallor throwing venomous accusations of falsehood from the beginning. Along the way, tensions rise further when Korlat and the [Ravens|Great Ravens] declare they are unable to reach Anomander Rake. Upon reaching Maurik, Whiskeyjack volunteers to move at a grueling pace in order to support Dujek's preemptive strike. Korlat, her brother Orfantal, and Kallor all accompany him. Before separating, the Grey Swords take Anaster from the custody of the Malazans, and the Shield Anvil, [[16]], takes his grief away from him, leaving him an empty shell.

The Bridgeburners move at night by [[17]] directly to Coral. Paran makes Picker a lieutenant and puts her in charge of the Bridgeburners in the event of his absence. Twist approaches Paran, asking about the Barghast gods, and tells him that the Moranth and the Barghast divided after the Moranth made peace with their lifelong enemy, the [Edur|Tiste Edur]. Along the way, the Black Moranth find a dead Tiste Edur which appears to have been thrown directly into a deep-sea trench near [Bay|Coral Bay] called [Cut|Ortnal's Cut]. Quick Ben and the Black Moranth posit that the Tiste Edur are seeking the true [of Shadow|Throne of Shadow]. Paran, using his new abilities as Master of the Deck, finds the Throne of Shadow, which warns him that the Tiste Edur have a [Sengar|mad emperor] who seeks to kill [Dark|Mother Dark]. Paran tries to travel to Anomander Rake, but finds himself inside Dragnipur. He meets [[18]] who explains that Dragnipur was originally a method for [[19]] to protect itself from [[20]]. Paran can see a massive storm of chaotic magic in the distance advancing toward the wagon. Draconus says that Rake must send more souls to pull the wagon faster, but the sword must inevitably be broken. Paran tries to find Rake, but passes out when he feels a crushing Oblivion. He awakens and tells Quick Ben that Rake is gone.

Upon reaching Coral, the Bridgeburners destroy a whole company of Pannion troops. 30,000 Pannion troops are in turn arrayed outside the city. Dujek then arrives with 6,000 troops. A pitched battle is fought with the Malazans gaining the upper hand thanks to Quick Ben's magic, the [munitions|Moranth munitions], and Paran's skills as the Master of the Deck. The decision is made to enter the city and make for the central keep. The Bridgeburners are sent in first to blow the walls and to cripple the Seer's force of ensorcelled condors. When they enter, they find the keep filled with K'chain Che'malle K'ell Hunters. As Dujek's main force arrives, the keep blows, and Picker leads the Bridgeburners in distracting the K'ell Hunters. This proves to be a deadly choice, and many of the Bridgeburners die in the ensuing battle. Paran and Quick Ben position themselves on the roof of the keep. Tool arrives and the Bridgeburners follow him inside the keep. Inside the Keep, Picker meets Lady Envy who has arrived with Lanas Tog, Baaljagg, and the Seguleh. The Bridgeburners suffer grievous losses, and only six leave the keep alive.

Whiskeyjack and Korlat arrive with the exhausted Malazan troops and the White Face and [[21]] Barghast. They face a force of 800 K'chain Che'malle. Silverfox suddenly appears with the T'lan Imass. Kallor - in league with the Crippled God - attacks Korlat and Artanthos, and makes an attempt to kill Silverfox. However, Whiskeyjack successfully stops Kallor's attack at the cost of his own life. Kallor is finally driven back by Artanthos who was really Tayschrenn in disguise. The Malazan troops are staggered by the loss of their commander, and Korlat is in shock with grief.

Gruntle, Stonny, Itkovian, the Grey Swords, and [Legion|Trake's Legion] arrive shortly after Whiskeyjack's death, and Itkovian is drawn to the T'lan Imass. To Silverfox's horror, he tells them that he would embrace them and take their pain. As one, they all kneel, ignoring the battle. As a violent storm forms in the sky over Coral, Gruntle's company takes the form of a massive, Soletaken tiger, and joins the Grey Swords in a direct assault against the K'chain Che'malle. The Tiste Andii and Tayschrenn support them with sorcery. Brood arrives shortly afterward, and demands that Korlat call Anomander Rake. Korlat says that Rake is dead, and Brood raises Burn's hammer, ready to end everything to destroy the Seer.

In Capustan, Coll and Murillio take the Mhybe into the Temple of Hood. The unnamed warrior constructs a sarcophagus for her to be placed in. The two Darus are baffled and afraid, especially when K'rul, an elder god known for his blood rites, enters the temple. K'rul tells Coll and Murillio that the Mhybe's dreams will become a new world, one where she will be young again.

Toc the Younger, broken both physically and mentally, is still held by the Seer. He feels the spirit of Togg struggling to be free of his body. The Seerdomin who showed him kindness earlier places him outside the reach of the Matron, and gives him food and water. When the siege is in full effect, Toc watches the Seer create a [[22]] using power drawn from the Matron, then leave. The sounds of battle rage around him, and Tool enters the room. He picks Toc up, calling him Aral Fayle once again, and begins taking him from the compound. They are stopped by Mok, who challenges Tool. Toc watches the duel, and manages to stand up and kill himself by falling on a piece of rubble. Togg's howl is heard throughout the city. Tool is bested by the Seguleh Third, but Kilava saves him by magically subduing Mok. She stays killing him after Tool asks her not to. Lanas Tog meets them and they go to meet Silverfox. Baaljagg arrives and Kilava sends her into the Warren of Tellann to meet her mate.

As Togg howls, the T'lan Ay rise and slaughter the K'chain Che'malle. Brood lowers his hammer.

While on the roof of the keep, Quick Ben senses Kurald Galain and flies himself and Paran onto a balcony facing the bay. They see the Seer with his Finnest and the Matron. The storm breaks up, revealing clear skies, but the ice on the bay explodes and Moon's Spawn erupts from the water. Paran realizes Anomander Rake had hidden the floating mountain in Ortnal's Cut, and it descends onto Coral with a full unveiling of Kurald Galain. Moon's Spawn crashes into the keep, killing the Matron. Kilava enters, and tries to attack the Seer, but Quick Ben stops her, then tackles the Seer. He takes Paran and the Seer with him through a warren and Kilava follows. The keep is utterly destroyed by Moon's Spawn, which covers Coral in a gloom that will linger.
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In his spiritual embrace, Ikovian realizes that the T'lan Imass remember their past lives. The Ritual of Tellann has forced them to walk as unfeeling revenants for 300,000 years with those memories still intact. The heartbreak and loss threaten to overwhelm him, but Pran Chole tells him of a place where he can take the memories. Itkovian finds himself in a dreamworld, and Pran Chole tells him the memories will return life to the realm. The memories fall to the land like a hailstorm, and Itkovian asks to take away the grief, sorrow, and pain of the T'lan Imass. They ask him why, but he doesn't have an answer, only talking of compassion freely given. When their pain settles on him, he dies.

Inside the dreamworld, the Mhybe moves towards the cage of bones where she hears a beast's agonized howling. The memories of the T'lan Imass fall to the ground as a storm of ice, and Kruppe helps her to the cage and begs her to touch it. As she touches it, Toc dies and Togg bursts into life. His triumphant howl is met by that of the T'lan Ay. The Mhybe passes out. Togg is joined by Fanderay and they run toward their thrones.

Silverfox walks in the Tellann dreamworld and meets the Rhivi spirits. Her plans to use the dreamworld to return her mother to youth are all in ruins after Itkovian embraced the T'lan Imass. She is so bitter with the sense of failure that when the Rhivi spirits tell her she can still save her mother, she turns away in shame instead of talking to her. Tool and Lanas Tog meet Silverfox, and Tool asks her to return the Ay to life. She does, and Tool asks her to return him to life as well. She does. Lanas Tog then takes Silverfox to the rest of the T'lan Imass, and she offers to undo the Ritual of Tellann. They say not yet, speaking of plans to accompany Lanas Tog to rescue their kin trapped in the far-off war. Silverfox asks to accompany them. Pran Chole tells her that Itkovian's gift will allow them to return to their memories when the Ritual is eventually undone, something they didn't expect.

The Mhybe awakens and sees the Rhivi Spirits, Togg, Fanderay, and the T'lan Ay. The memories of the T'lan Imass have brought unexpected life to the realm, and the Mhybe will live, young and undying. Togg asks her to return Toc's soul to the mortal realm. Toc wakes up in the body of Anaster and is made the Mortal Sword of Togg and Fanderay. He meets Gruntle and the two become fast friends, both uneasy with their new titles. The newly mortal Tool also greets Toc, but doesn't reveal his identity.

The battle ended, 800 of Onearm's Host survive. The Tiste Andii have decided to remain in Coral. Caladan Brood is willing to give the Malazans all they want after their sacrifice. Anomander Rake offers to let Whiskeyjack and the Bridgeburners to be interred in the now dying Moon's Spawn. Dujek and Picker, in Paran's absence, accept this.

Quick Ben, Paran, Kilava, Talamandas, and the Seer travel to Morn where we learn that the Seer was one of the Jaghut children Kilava sent into the Rent before the Ritual of Tellann. Quick Ben says that they can use the Finnest to seal the Rent and save the Seer's sister who is still trapped within the Rent. The Seer and his sister can live in Burn's realm where they can unveil Omtose Phellack without the T'lan Imass sensing them. The ice and freezing temperatures of Omtose Phellack will slow the Crippled God's poison as well. They travel to the place where Quick Ben first learned of Burn's poisoning and they meet the Witch of Tennes who plans on staying with the Seer to keep an eye on him. Quick Ben remarks on how Burn's realm is now home to a new warren, full of memories of ice.

Paran and Quick Ben return to the Malazans and visit Moon's Spawn to see the final resting place of Whiskeyjack and the Bridgeburners. Paran blesses them, and a mysterious light plays on their coffins as he leaves.

Itkovian's funeral begins as a modest affair, but is eventually attended by every group that participated in the battle. The T'lan Imass come and each drops a small gift upon Itkovian's gravesite. The gifts form a [of the Redeemer|barrow] invested with Tellann sorcery, and will never fall apart.

Dujek tells Paran and the six remaining Bridgeburners that he's giving them back pay for an entire company, enough to allow each of them to retire in leisure. He's going to make a report that every last Bridgeburner died, though Quick Ben is going to be made a High Mage. Dujek calls Paran a Bridgeburner for the first time.

Hetan and Cafal leave with the rest of the Barghast and run into the now mortal Tool and Kilava. Hetan and Tool become lovers.

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Paran moves into the Finnest House where [[23]] still dwells. The six surviving Bridgeburners, Picker, Blend, Antsy, Mallet, Spindle, and Bluepearl, have purchased a temple to K'rul in Darujhistan and turned it into a (financially disastrous) tavern. The imperial historian Duiker, having been revived after the events of [Gates|Deadhouse Gates], has been staying with them, but not speaking. One night, with Paran, Coll, Murillio, Kruppe, and [[24]] in attendance, Duiker finally breaks his silence, and begins telling the Bridgeburners the story of [[25]] and the [of Dogs|Chain of Dogs].

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Memories of Ice was originally meant to be the second book in sequence, following [of the Moon|Gardens of the Moon]. Erikson had already written about three hundred pages of the new book when they were lost to a computer failure. He went on to write [Gates|Deadhouse Gates] next instead, but Erikson said in the end, "it worked out fine, as inverting books two and three allowed me to do something with the end of Memories of Ice that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise." [1]

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