The Bonehunters (Malazan Book 6) Paperback – Apr 4 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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.See all Product Description
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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
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!"
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.
The mystery and plot twists and the foretelling are a delight in these series. Some very epic characters that you wish he wrote a little more on.
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This author is the best talent I have ever read, and I have read A LOT of books. He is a true artist with words and writing. Cannot praise enough.Published 6 months ago by ColleenPatricia
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