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The Bonehunters (Malazan Book 6) [Paperback]

Steven Erikson
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April 4 2006 The Malazan Book of the Fallen (Book 6)
The sixth volume in Steven Erikson's truly epic fantasy sequence, The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

There’s nothing like sweeping up tag-ends to change the world. The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik slain by Tavore, the Malazan forces pacifying city after city on the troubled subcontinent, and one last rebel army, under the reluctant, embittered command of Leoman of the Flails, is pursued to the ancient and infamous city of Y’Ghatan by Tavore and the Fourteenth Army. Dogged by self-doubt and ill omens, the 14th must lay siege to the city, and Adjunct Tavore must seek to outwit Leoman of the Flails, the deadliest foe she has ever faced.

Into this fraught scenario come both new and familiar characters. Among the latter, Heboric Ghost Hands, journeying to redress an old wrong. Apsalar, haunted by possession and now the principal agent of Cotillion, Patron of Assassins, marking a trail with blood and dripping daggers. Cutter, the killer who had once been a thief in Darujhistan, fleeing a shattered heart. Karsa Orlong, a warrior hunting his destiny. And two old friends, traveling companions, Mappo and Icarium, wandering once more the ravaged wastelands, Icarium seeking the ancient truths of his own life, Mappo seeking to keep those truths from him, at all costs.

All, searching for such fates as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will. If only the gods would leave them alone. Alas, the gods are disinclined to be kind, now that knives have been unsheathed, and there shall be war, war in the heavens.

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The weighty and grim sixth installment of Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen (chronologically following 2006's House of Chains, with references to 2007 tie-in Midnight Tides) is named for a newly minted company in the Malazan 14th Army, forged in a daring and nearly fatal effort to escape a city destroyed by fire by burrowing through its skeletal underbelly. The Bonehunters' return from the dead is a theme that appears throughout this volume, as the prophetess Sha'ik dies and is reborn as a plague maiden, warriors recover from hideous wounds, and seer Ganoes Paran strikes a bargain with the dread god Hood that just might end up saving the world. Erikson brings the bulk of his enormous cast together in one volume for the first time, an effort designed to keep fans engaged as myriad plot lines tangle and sprawl over an increasingly bleak and war-ravaged landscape. (Sept.)
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The fourth Malazan Book of the Fallen is aptly titled. The Malazan 14th Army warily combs the ruins of the Seven Cities Rebellion for what may be left of its dead, meanwhile straining what's left of its morale. The Crippled God has joined the pantheon, and at least half his numerous fellow deities are trying to expel him. A war of the gods impends, and while it will cost the usual high price in collateral damage among humans, Erikson will handle it with originality and strong impact, given that even the sympathetic characters are becoming people you wouldn't want holding your IOUs. Green, Roland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, amazing, amazing May 15 2006
Steven Eriksson continues what has become the greatest fantasy series ever! There is nothing else like it. The Malazan series has everything you could possibly want. The most important aspect though is that he has loads of great characters in every book and he expands them brilliantly. And its not just 3 or 4 great characters, more like 10 at least.
I read in one review that book 6 was supposed to finish some of the stories, but to be honest i found that it asked new questions whilst answering some old ones.
Every chapter is captivating and i couldnt wait to see what would happen to Karsa Orlong, Mappo Trell and Icarium, Apsalar, Quick Ben and Kalam. Lets not forget the gods that have come into play as well.
You have to read this book. But first make sure that you buy all the others and read them first. I am very jealous of all those who are reading this series for the first time.
Enjoy it, i know you will
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 24 2006
Steven Erikson is the first fantasy writer that, after six installments, seems to be able to escape the pitfall into which numerous others (i.e. and foremost Robert Jordan) have fallen. This is probably due to the fact that he knows where his story is leading and that he does not write anything that substracts from the plot and from the prose needed to unfurl his so intricately woven world, which by the way is one of the most epic and large-scaled fantasy worlds up-to-date, barring perhaps Tolkien's Middle-Earth.

The Bonehunters, now , is a perfect example of two of the best traits Erikson, as a writer, has in store for us. Namely dialogue and convergence. The dialogue is not only very natural it's also extremely witty and an excellent way to transfer meaning. Sarcasm, irony, wit, indeed every feeling ever conveyed, it's all in the dialogue. As for convergence, Erikson is a master of it; within each novel but what's more important, and what becomes especially clear in The Bonehunters, within the overall arc of the entire series. It's not for nothing that part 10 is called The Crippled God!

So is there nothing to remark upon? Well, yes there is, but that particular complaint might cease to exist when the entire series has come to an end and things that now seem to have the aura of a Deus Ex Machina might then be entirely self-explanatory (although the term 'self-explanatory' does not really befit the Malazan Book of the Fallen).

So from me nothing but praise for The Bonehunters and as we are returning to the continent of Lether in the next installment, I'll say "Roll on Reaper's Gale!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuing On... Nov. 9 2006
By vrai
I have sympathy with the first reviewer; the book does seem flatter than the previous ones. That being said, there are a large number of stories being extended here from previous volumes; some of the problem is keeping them all straight. The layout of the text could have been improved.

There is only one truly new character (Karsa's companion); all others have appeared in previously in this series.

I find that concentrating on one story line at a time is an aid... once you've read the book completely at least once.

The crack another reviewer made concerning Robert Jordan is apt. It was possible to pick up any volume in the first five volumes of the series and enjoy the read, unlike 'The Wheel of Time' series. It is not the case here though; you really do need to read the second and fourth.
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