The Forge of Darkness (Book 1, Kharkanas Trilogy) [UK edition] by Steven Erikson:
Enter the New York Times bestselling Malazan universe... at a time that sets the stage for all the tales already told.
Steven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut Gardens of the Moon. Now Erikson returns with a trilogy that takes place before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. The Forge of Darkness takes readers to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells an epic tale of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire.
It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power… and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus, from the faraway Dracon Hold. The idea of this union sends fissures throughout the realm, and as the rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Adarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold.
Steven Erikson brings to life this ancient and important tale set in the world he introduced in the Malazan Book of the Fallen in a way that should appeal to fans of George R. R. Martin.
The Forever Knight (Book 1, Bronze Knight Saga) by John Marco:
I did a rant about Marco's editor not too long ago (after a year they still haven't read the manuscript), but at least we have this nice fancy cover art from Todd Lockwood (known for Malazan and Drizzt covers). Hopefully this means things are actually ramping up for the publication date later this year. From John Marco's site:
The Forever Knight is the first book in my new "Bronze Knight Saga," and is the fourth novel to feature the character of Lukien (the fabled Bronze Knight introduced in The Eyes of God). It is also the first story I've written from the First-Person viewpoint, told directly through the eyes of Lukien himself. While the book is ostensibly a continuation of the first trilogy, it also takes Lukien in a fresh direction, removing him from the familiar setting of the original books. The story introduces many new characters and bloody adventures, sending Lukien off on a violent, magic-laced mission of vengeance.