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Toll the Hounds: Book Eight of The Malazan Book of the Fallen [Paperback]

Steven Erikson
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Book Description

Sept. 16 2008 Malazan Book of the Fallen (Book 8)
In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the faded red waistcoat, discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the quarry has turned and the hunters become the hunted.
Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus. While the bards sing their tragic tales, somewhere in the distance can be heard the baying of Hounds...And in the distant city of Black Coral, where rules Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, ancient crimes awaken, intent on revenge. It seems Love and Death are indeed about to arrive...hand in hand, dancing.
A thrilling, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and dark, uncontrollable magic, Toll the Hounds is the new chapter in Erikson's monumental series - epic fantasy at its most imaginative and storytelling at its most exciting.

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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."  

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Developments in the Malazan World(s) Sept. 2 2008
By vrai
Those of us who have read the first books will not need persuasion to pick this one up, but it is not for those who just want a taste of Erikson's work to see what all the fuss is about.

There are many old friends from earlier days, a couple of older villains, and the usual number of surprises - especially towards the end. The contents revolve about Darujhistan, and that is really all the series' fans need to know.

I can safely say this is not the easiest of Erikson's Malazan books. That isn't to say the heros are heroic, the villains vile, and the craven numerous; it is more to say it is more uneven and the style is, at times, more whimsical than in the previous books.

I can't rank it higher because the previous books are better, but I certainly can't rank it lower because it is much better than the usual swords and sorcerers fare. For that matter, it should receive a minimum of two stars simply for meeting the publishing deadline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read May 25 2014
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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 currently on my second read of it.

I find he has a tendency to throw in things that, at the time, make no sense, and will only later reveal what it means much later in the, or possibly even the next book. This can throw some readers off, if you expect to understand everything as you read it, this may not be the series for you, but if you can read a chapter where an event happens, then is ignored for some time before it comes up again, then you won't be bothered.

This is a 10 book series (with some offshoots by Erikson himself and another author) and all 10 books are worth reading, in order.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read Jan. 13 2014
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Although the style is a little... simple, I find the world and the portrayal of the characters to be intensely engaging. It is no Wheel of Time but I just cannot put this down, definitely a great read and well worth recommending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very strong finish Oct. 30 2013
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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 repetitive internal dialogues. Other than that a fine book with an incredible ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great continuation of the tale June 10 2013
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The character development and story lines in this series are second to none. I have no patience for soliloquizing (probably not a real word). I enjoy the occasional soap box but don't try to make that into art. These stories are such rich, deep, interesting tales I am just amazed as I continue to read through this series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is the 8th book in Steven Erikson's 'Malazan Book of the Fallen" series.

Of all the books in the Malazan series, this is, without a doubt, my least favorite...I will explain

First, the pros;

Overall, this series is epic fantasy at its best; in fact 829 pages in this book alone. There is intrigue, magic, unexpected enemies and friends and even some erotic moments; not to mention the usually backstabbing and clandestine plotting. In this book we are reacquainted with some old friends from previous tales, e.g. Cutter, Druiker, Karso Orlong (Toblakai warrior), Anomander Rake and last but not least, the ever loquacious, forever famished, mound of round, Kruppe.

Erikson's strength is his use of prose to describe people and their surrounding, all the while weaving a tale his characters come alive in; this latest installment is no exception. In fact, this may be the first in all the books that may be somewhat overwritten because of some of these perceived strengths. Which leads me into commenting on...

The cons;

1.)As with previous Erikson works, the book starts off by given brief glimpses of several different developing stories. The problem here, in my opinion, is that unlike previous books, most of these story lines do not really develop into something resembling a plot until well after the first 200+ pages.

2.)In addition to the slow development, the writing seems heavy and difficult to follow; I had to almost 'study' sections to try to figure out what Erikson had his characters doing and saying.

3.)I found I became 'weary' of trying to interpret the vague, unclear conversations and happenings that occurred through out most of the entire novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gotta agree with the 3 previous posts Oct. 5 2008
Like the other reviewers here, I found this book quite difficult to get into. It does seem like Erikson has taken a different approach to writing this novel and it is an approach, quite frankly, that does not work. There are passages where Erikson squeezes in his views on religion, theology, economics, etc. but in an overly verbose and unenjoyable way. Interspersed in the novel are the meat and potatoes of the book where the plot is driven forward and the characters developed. I too found myself skipping over the former parts to get to the more interesting paragraphs. I don't even bother reading the poems that start off each paragraph anymore. I don't see the point.

I love Erikson's other works and recommend those to all my friends looking for a great fantasy read. Sadly, I can't say the same for this book. I will finish it just so I know what is going on for the next book. Hopefully Erikson (or his editor) gets this series back to what made it popular in the first place.
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