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Book eight in the intensifying Malazan series (following 2007's Reaper's Gale) sees the grinding, bloody clash of newly created deities against longstanding, increasingly powerful Gods. The Crippled God, born in the city of Darujhistan, and the Dying God, who bleeds a poison that enthralls and addicts his followers, both vie for a place in the formal pantheon, using humans and the goddess-descended Tiste Andii as pawns in their unholy, greedy game. Warrior-hero Anomander Rake subtly manipulates the factions from the sidelines. Finally, the gods' slaves and representatives and the common people of the Darujhistan meet in one dark, thunderous, transformative night. This is a praiseworthy entry in the massive series encompassing multitudes of characters, complex plot lines and grotesque violence, but it's not lightweight in tone or in heft, and new readers will be entirely at sea. (Sept.)
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Truly epic in scope, Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better. (SF Site)
Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics. (Salon.com)
JUST AS GOOD AS THE PREVIOUS 7. I WENT RIGHT OUT AND ORDERED THE 9TH.Published 2 months ago by Byron Freeman
The person who received these has ordered the next one, is lending me the ones he has already read, is sleep deprived because he stays up all night reading, and raves about them to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by hauoli
A good read, but make sure you are starting from the beginning of the series.
I have really enjoyed the 'Malazan book of the Fallen' series by Steven Erikson, and am... Read more
Although the style is a little... simple, I find the world and the portrayal of the characters to be intensely engaging. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lee Van Adel
The writing style of this book caused me to skip certain paragraphs, the same way many ppl likely started doing in wheel of time when Jordan's characters would start on their... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jean Paul Fredette
The character development and story lines in this series are second to none. I have no patience for soliloquizing (probably not a real word). Read morePublished on June 10 2013 by avid reader
I never thought the day would come when I wouldn't be able to finish a Steven Erikson book, but I think it is finally here!! Read morePublished on Dec 12 2008 by Keren
I was very excited about this novel at first. Later, not so much. In fact I am still struggling through it. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2008 by A. Dixon