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It does take away some of the tension at certain points in the novel.

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Ian esslemont assail Erikson's work it is often the nomadic peoples who find out the strength of an empire first hand.

In Assail it is the Icebloods.


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Kyle repels it with the sword and immediately the storm subsides. Silverfox and the Kron Imass find yet another destroyed village.

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He continues north on the ice-sheet.