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The Crippled God (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #10)

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Savaged by the K’Chain Nah’Ruk, the Bonehunters march for Kolanse, where waits an unknown fate. Tormented by questions, the army totters on the edge of mutiny, but Adjunct Tavore will not relent. One final act remains, if it is in her power, if she can hold her army together, if the shaky allegiances she has forged can survive all that is to come. A woman with no gifts o

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ebook, 928 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published February 15th 2011)
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Stephen Richter I liked Joe Abercrombie First Law series. Not as many characters, but still has that edge that Erikson can write. The first book is called The Blade…moreI liked Joe Abercrombie First Law series. Not as many characters, but still has that edge that Erikson can write. The first book is called The Blade Itself. The Mark Lawrence Broken Empire is another I recommend, the first book is Price of Thorns(less)
Josh There is some of all that, yes - especially the violence. Especially. This is the 10th book in the series though, so you'd know what to expect by now…moreThere is some of all that, yes - especially the violence. Especially. This is the 10th book in the series though, so you'd know what to expect by now if you read the preceding novels. You would never want to start with this one. You wouldn't understand anything.

So yes, this is not as clean as Sanderson, but at the same time it's not nearly as chock full of sex as something like Game of Thrones. (less)
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seak
Jan 04, 2013 seak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I started reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen just over four years ago, so finishing the final book of this ten volume epic is kind of a big deal for me. It's been a big part of my life in fact and it's odd to be at the end even though I know there are plenty more to go.

So you can imagine this series has had quite the impact on my life. When I go through my books to see which ones to sell or give away I call it "culling the nobility." It's pervasive. :) (wait, are emoticons allowed in Malazan
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David Sven
May 01, 2014 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy

Reread Review

Some six months after reading this book the first time I, along with some other hardcore Malazan veterans, with a lot of virgin Malazan readers in tow undertook the epic task of rereading the entire Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Sixteen months later here we are, finished again. Well done.

I'm not going to change my initial review of the book itself because I feel what I have already written(below) is sufficient for that purpose. What I really want to comment on is the experien
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Traci
Jan 10, 2012 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
...OMG...
Standing ovation, bow,...grovel.
I wish I could thank Steven Erikson for writing this series. It is exactly what I have been searching for. Heroic fantasy for your brain.
I can however thank those of you here on goodreads. For some reason I had never heard of these books until I joined. And I might never have on my own. My book shelf would have remained incomplete. I'm serious. I have been reading fantasy for a long time and have seen favorites come and go. Truthfully I've been a little
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Lori
Mar 28, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3/2 WHERE THE HELL IS MY COPY? Was shipped 2/23 from Book Depository, I want it now I NEED it now I'M DYING I can't read anything else, do anything else *SOB*

3/5 IT'S HERE, OMG, see ya all in a week!

Finito! Well, he did it. Steven Erikson gave us an utterly satisfactory conclusion to this massive series that has had me obsessed for years now. Bravo. I can't really say anything else right now, I am still digesting everything. It turned the past nihilism on it's ass! My only complaint right now is
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Evgeny
May 21, 2013 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The remaining Bonehunters continue their march through The Glass Desert (more on this desert thing later). The long-lost army of Ganoes Paran finally shows up, and I still have no clue what it was doing between the events in The Bonehunters and this book; as to why it does what it did: I stopped wondering a long time ago - nobody gives an answer to this particular question in Malazan universe. A lot of forces gather in one place for the last showdown. Great battles are ensured.

As I mentioned ab
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Dara
The Crippled God is the 10th and final book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series (the main series, anyway). The Crippled God continues the theme of Toll the Hounds and Dust of Dreams: a lot of internal monologues and philosophizing. I frequently found myself bored. I actually ended up skimming entire sections, which is pretty rare for me.Erikson 's writing is still great but it wasn't enough to keep me interested.

The first few chapters are just checking up on various characters. I was keen f
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Mike
May 25, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epics, reviewed
It is always fascinating to finish an epic fantasy series and look back at the path that brought you there. In this case it was a mammoth ten books with countless characters, plots, and happenings. This series was truly epic in scope spanning continents, ages, and dimensions (or Warrens as they are known in the series). Erikson was supremely confident in this story happily adding a legion of new characters in each installment (heck, one book, Midnight Tides, had only one significant character fr ...more
Artemas
As a whole I loved the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. However, the Crippled God really left me with some serious questions as to why Erikson ended this epic series the way he did. For me it felt like the author originally wanted to have 11 books in the series and the publishers made him drop it down to 10 at the last second.

I am not going to give away anything specific, but there were some major characters who did not come remotely close to having the impact in the end that I believed the se
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Ranting Dragon
Dec 30, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marty
http://www.rantingdragon.com/the-crip...


With The Crippled God, the Malazan Book of the Fallen series comes to an end in iron and blood, fire and triumph, magic and heartbreak. Steven Erikson manages to not only craft one of the best books I have read this year, but to finish what I believe to be one of the finest fantasy series I have ever read.

The Malazan we love
Here in the heart of Kolanse begins the final gambit as the greatest of all convergences begin. Here gods, men, dragons, Tiste Andii,
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Alex Ristea
Apr 30, 2012 Alex Ristea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.
We are abandoned to history.
Raise high one more time the tattered standard of the Fallen. See through the drifting smoke to the dark stains upon the fabric.
This is the blood of our lives, this is the payment of our deeds, all soon to be forgotten.
We were never what people could be.
We were only what we were.

Remember us.



Convergence.

That's been a theme throughout this entire series, and it really hits home in the last tale of the
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M Hamed
Oct 28, 2015 M Hamed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015, fantasy
Wise men say only fools rush in but I can't help falling in love with you


for me it's all about fiddler
he isn't some mysteries wizard with 12 (is that right ?) souls
he isn't a very dense assassin
he isn't a ridicules\intelligent man with an elder god who thinks of him as his son
he isn't some Adjunct who can with no apparent reason (no matter how much you debate it over and over and over ) have grown ass men and women unhinged loyalty
he isn't a Toblakai with a very long hunted sword who have vowed
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Zayne
Jun 21, 2015 Zayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is one of a kind. I have never read a series on such a massive scope. The plotlines throughout the series are so epic, the settings so massive, they scale not just multiple continents but even different dimensions, and so many unforgettable characters.

One thing that Erikson didn't seem to know how to do is really ending a book. Throughout the entire series, when Erikson ends a book, he leaves the reader asking more questions than getting answers. But damn, Erikson
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Joe Moley
Lot's of thoughts on this series...

The first 4 books blew my mind.

Finally, something completely fresh and new to hit the Fantasy genre across its face. Massive in-depth world building, amazing near omnipotent characters, witty dialogue filled with humor and breath taking action scenes. Unfortunately, as seems to be the pattern with "epic" fantasy, there simply became no end point in sight as more and more storyline and characters made non-stop introductions. The plot and timeline became so com
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Terence
Mar 29, 2011 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone and their grandmother
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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Scott
Jan 06, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
5 stars isn't enough for this book and this series as a whole. Breaking down something this vast and amazing into a star rating just seems wrong somehow. I don't know if I'll ever experience something like this again.

The Book of the Fallen is now what I will compare all other epic fantasy books to, that is the watermark. While I'm glad I made it through, I'm just as sad that it's over. I can't believe how powerful this series was and how it made me feel along the way. So many heart breaks, but
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Rob
Executive Summary: A good, but not great end to a good, but a not great series (*ducks the attack from the Malazan diehards*)

Full Review
This time two years ago I had never heard of Steven Erikson or Malazan book of the fallen. Last January, some friends were organizing a big group read of the series and I decided to join in. I don't think I would have enjoyed reading this series nearly as much as I did if not for the great discussion over in Malazan Fallen.

I started this 10-book journey 16 mon
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Jeremy Preacher
I really wanted to end the series on four or five stars, but three is all we get. (I am not avoiding spoilers here, fyi.)

It's workmanlike. It wraps things up. It explains almost everyone's motivations that were previously hidden, and we get a number of genuinely touching final scenes for characters that were genuinely pleasant. Even the woman who was raped to death (because women are vindictive shrews who hate one another) is brought back to life with no memory of all that unpleasantness.

But it'
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Clay
Mar 17, 2011 Clay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.
We are abandoned to history.
Raise high one more time the tattered standard of the Fallen.
See through the drifting smoke to the dark stains upon the fabric.
This is the blood of our lives, this is the payment of our deeds, all soon to be forgotten.
We were never what people could be.
We were only what we were.

Remember us.


Over the course of the last 11 years and 10 installments in Steven Erikson’s massive epic fantasy The Malazan Bo
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Venugopal
Mar 18, 2011 Venugopal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Like most Malazan fans I started on The Crippled God with high expectations. (Understandably, considering that I had diligently plodded my way through 8 Malazan books and 3 Esselmont Novels while waiting for this - the Grand Finale).

But as the pages went by I started getting a bad feeling about the book. At some point it dawned on me that the author had just done a volte-face (view spoiler). While I certainly liked Erikson's habit of keeping things vague
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Amanda
Oct 31, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"These Malazans, they shame the gods themselves..."
Emily (BellaGrace)
It's been 6 months, 10 books, 8,000+ pages and 3.3 million words...The Malazan Book of the Fallen was worth it. I loved, I laughed, I cried...every book in this series was amazing. I feel that no other series will ever measure up to this. It's a world I have been obsessed with. I'm already wanting to reread all of it. These lines from the Never Ending Story sum up perfectly how I feel now that it's over.

If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you mus
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Sumant
May 01, 2014 Sumant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, malazan
Well after a long journey of almost a year I am finished with the final book of fallen, as up to the series I find it refreshingly good with about a five hundred characters in it from major to minor ones.The series started with a bang with Gardens of moon and got better as it progressed from Deadhouse gates to Memories of ice. Although not all the story lines from the books gets resolved over the course of time but it was definitely a rewarding journey for me, because i felt personal achievement ...more
Amelia
Stunning conclusion to a great series! Brought tears to my eyes more than once as I got to find out the end of this marvelous series.

The Malazan books are plenty dark, but to me it has a feelin g of hope and a promise for the future. The story is massive. The cast of characters keeps expanding every book. Erikson makes the story very realistic by having some of his characters die. Even if one dies, that doesn't mean you won't see them in the story again later.

I would call Malazan an epic milita
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Linette
Apr 27, 2014 Linette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After 16 months straight with Malazan a constant part of my life, I'm not sure whether I should be excited to finally be finished...or slightly bereft knowing I'm going to miss this world and it's people.

An excellent wind up of a very long, hard, painful and often funny, journey. It's been an experience I'll not soon forget.

Remember us.

I will.
Carl Black
Sep 22, 2014 Carl Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
General ramble ahead as per usual. Generally just sad it's over :(

I don't think there's much point for a proper review of the book. If you've read 9 of 10 already you're not going to need me to convince you to read the last one. All I have to say about the book itself is that I loved it. Even the Shake storyline came good when the fighting started, still a bit overdramatic but this storyline ends quite early in the book so it's no big deal. Quite impressed in how SE wrapped it all up and connec
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John Grimes
I must preface this review by stating that I was entranced by the Malazan series as a whole. Very ambitious, very readable, very entrancing. The characterization of the main protagonists was clear, distinct, and definitely not your "cookie cutter" heroes and villains.

However, TCG, Book #10 of the series has been a crushing disappointment for me. That's not to say the writing isn't brisk, and keeps the reader interested.

And I truly wanted to give it more stars than I have. (Of which, I know I'll
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Fernando  Martins
Feb 06, 2016 Fernando Martins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-readings
And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.

Review soon.
Lee
Apr 28, 2014 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
What did I think? Need to some time to put this into words. The end of a book and the end of a chapter in my life.
Helen
Jan 31, 2016 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woah! Can words even begin to describe this final book!
Devonta
Jun 26, 2014 Devonta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Summary:
The Bonehunters, having survived the battle against the K'Chain Nah'Ruk, continue their journey, led by the still enigmatic but emblematic Adjunct Tavore Paran. The reserved leader has a plan but her allies are still not sure whether they want to follow her or not. Still tagging along are the Letherii army led by Brys Beddict, the Bolkando forces under the command of Queen Abrastal, the remaining Khundryl and the Perish Grey Helms. Facing them in Kolanse will be the conquered armies of h
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Steven Erikson is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. His best-known work is the on-going series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

http://us.macmillan.com/author/steven...
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Other Books in the Series

The Malazan Book of the Fallen (10 books)
  • Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
  • Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)
  • Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
  • House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
  • Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
  • The Bonehunters (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #6)
  • Reaper's Gale (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #7)
  • Toll the Hounds (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8)
  • Dust of Dreams (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)

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“You stand before a god! Speak your eloquence for all posterity. Be Profound!"
"Profound ... huh." Temper was silent for a long moment, studying the cobbles of the alley mouth. And then he lifted his helmed head faced Shadowthrone, and said "Fuck off.”
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“And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.
We are abandoned to history.
Raise high one more time the tattered standard
Of the Fallen. See through the drifting smoke
To the dark stains upon the fabric.
This is the blood of our lives, this is the
Payment of our deeds, all soon to be
Forgotten.
We were never what people could be.
We were only what we were.

Remember us”
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