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

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  9,577 ratings  ·  415 reviews

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

ebook, 928 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Seak (Bryce L.)
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
David Sven

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 experienc
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
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
Lori (Hellian)
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
Ranting Dragon

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,
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
Mar 29, 2011 Terence rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone and their grandmother
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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 mont
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'
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
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
Sumant Natkar
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
Alex Ristea
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.


That's been a theme throughout this entire series, and it really hits home in the last tale of the
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
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
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
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
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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Duffy Pratt
Warning: Spoilers ahead.

This book and Dust of Dreams form a single book that Erikson cut in half out of publication logistics, so its unfair to review this one as a standalone book. The two books, taken together, work very well as a novel. And they work especially well as a counterpoint to Deadhouse Gates. That book dealt largely with the Chain of Dogs, and their trek, led by Coltaine across a terrible. This one also involves a trek across a desert, but here, the here the leader is Tavore, the d
Mar 02, 2011 Sherryl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy
The Crippled God is the tenth and last book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. TCG is the second half of Dust of Dreams. DOD ended in a gigantic cliff-hanger so I had a lot of expectations for this book. It did not disappoint. The slowness that plague the last two books is gone here. What we got is pages and pages of bad ass, epic awesomeness.


It's sad that the Malazan series has ended. For all it's flaws, it was a damn great series with fantastic memorable characters.
Chris Hawks
Steven Erikson's The Crippled God is one of those books that, once you finish reading, you just sit back with your mouth agape and think to yourself, How am I ever supposed to review that?

It is the tenth and final volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, capstone to a series whose individual entries possess a scope and ambition that defies easy description. This is all a remarkable achievement in and of itself, never mind the accomplishment of releasing a completed ten-book series of epic fanta
Край... И то какъв, много съм доволен.. 10 тома и над 10 000 страници са в миналото. Най-добрият фентъзи епос (според мен) приключи подобаващо. Грандиозният план беше осъществен, имаше драми, много загинаха, отговори се дадоха, някои неща все още са неразкрити (в страничните книги за този свят може би.)
Свърши и вече ми липсват голяма част от героите, да не изброявам, че са много и все запомнящи се. Този широк и дълбоко разкрит свят на магия, героизъм, приятелство , предателства и тн.. ще си го
Erikson’s books are the kind of books I can read several times and always learn something new. After it’s all over, I find myself satisfied with the ending, sad with saying goodbye to characters, and a little confused because some of the stuff I thought I’d understand by this point, I still don’t. However, I don’t mind. I’ll just have to read the series again.

And again.

And again….

Because, really, The Crippled God is an incredible end to a mind-blowing series. What else needs to be said?

Read my f
This wrapped up the series and I must say I am more than happy with the end and I especially loved the series. This is epic in all ways and I highly recommend it to any one that enjoys large sweeping stories with a huge cast of characters. This will be a series I will periodically reread over time and I anticipate the things I will find that are new and enjoyable as well as re-experience the things I enjoyed already. Just an outstanding group of books that takes a place as one of my all time fav ...more
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.
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
Aidan Walters
After 11 years, 10 novels with over 3.5 million words in total the malazan book of the fallen comes to an end. While the series is normally interconnected novels with each individual novel having its own cast and plot, this is the direct sequel to book 9 Dust of Dreams.

As the title suggests this novel brings an end to the major plot of the series, the machinations and fate of the Crippled God. Also as expected in a tragedy the death count is rather high. The main players in this novels are the
Phillip Martin
So I just finished the tenth and final book of Malazan: Book of the Fallen. I really have no idea what happened in the last 5 books or so (that's an exaggeration, but things did get confusing), but I'm still coming out loving this series. I think it's safe for me to say it's currently my favorite fantasy series.

I'd strongly recommend it to anyone that's a fan of epic high fantasy. I've seen it compared to ASOIAF and I'll resist that urge, aside from saying that it's sort of the same breath of fr
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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.
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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.”
“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
We were never what people could be.
We were only what we were.

Remember us”
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