In the fantasy world of Wu, the Malazan Empire is ever expanding. After arriving in the continent of Genabackis, the Empire has quickly conquered most of the free cities on the North. Two remain: Pale and Darujhistan. While Pale has been under siege for three years, the Empire is already setting its gaze to Darujhistan. As tensions are rising within the Malazan ranks, the Empire will attempt a series of desperate gambits to bring the last free cities under the fold. Gods will step into the fray, ancient beings will be summoned and things will get complicated.