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

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The Bonehunters march for Kolanse, led by Adjunct Tavore. This woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, will challenge the gods - if her own mutinous troops don't kill her first.

Her enemy, the Forkrul Assail, seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate everything. In the realm of Kurald Galain, home to t
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Kindle Edition, 930 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published February 15th 2011)
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seak
Nov 14, 2010 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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James Lafayette  Tivendale
Simple review. If you have gotten this far you do not need an introduction. If you have made it this far then you do not want me to spoil the plot. People have analysed that the ending of the series is weak. I completely disagree. This is up there with Deadhouse Gates, Memories Of Ice and Midnight Tides. Everything is written perfectly. Poetic. I cared about all the point of view characters. Even the storylines I did not care about too much in the prior instalment Dust Of Dreams, such as the Sha ...more
Craig
May 13, 2017 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok.....






These images signify my reaction while reading this book, especially concerning the final 200 or so pages.

This is it, the end! The end of a book series that has been a large part of my life. It has impacted me on so many levels and has quite possibly changed how i view Fantasy books in general.

Again i will try to stay spoiler free but please forgive me if i geek out a little, just hope i can salvage a readable review from my garbled notes and hope i don't ramble too much haha, here goes.
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David Sven
Jul 02, 2012 David Sven rated it really liked it
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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Scott  Hitchcock
Almost a year later and the 20th book total and 10th of the main series I’m done. What an epic ride that simply never disappointed. Not that I didn’t have doubts early in the series a few times.

But this series really has it all and I mean that literally. Elf’s, Dragons, Trolls, Ogres, shaper shifters, gods, magic of many forms and a system to back it up, religion, politics, humanity, violence, battles, war, love, history, ancient civilizations, action across better than five continents, divinat
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Traci
May 16, 2011 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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Evgeny
Sep 17, 2012 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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Lori
Mar 03, 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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Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
Just like life, all good things must come to an end. I finished reading the tenth, and final, volume in Steven Erikson's amazing series, "A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen." The tenth book is entitled, The Crippled God and is really the second half of the conclusion of the series that was started in the ninth book, Dust of Dreams. If you're going to read The Crippled God, and if it has been some time since you last read Dust of Dreams, I'd strongly urge you to pick it up and re-read it ag ...more
Carmine
Dec 27, 2016 Carmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non siamo mai stati ciò che la gente potrebbe essere. Siamo stati solo quello che siamo stati. Ricordatevi di noi.

Fra le mura di una biblioteca, forse un archivio imperiale, apriamo il libro e noi stessi verso una storia per lungo tempo dimenticata; fra le stesse mura voltiamo la pagina conclusiva ed onoriamo la memoria di quello che abbiamo letto.
"Il Dio Storpio" è un'opera che raccoglie i cocci di una storia tragica, la nostra storia, reiterata nelle contraddizioni elargite con innegabile p
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Tammy
May 19, 2016 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.

This is my best book in the series. This is probably the best book i've ever read. I loved it all the way through. The battle scenes were on another level. I have scenes in this book that will stick with me for a very long time. I'll say Erikson ended the series on a high, resolving subplots that have been weaving since the beginning and trying to mix in some happy endings here and there.
To me, this series as a whole sits on
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Miloš
Wow! What a ride.

I started this ride in May 2012 when I have picked the first book in my hands.
Since then, and through these almost whole 5 years, even if i wasn't reading any of the books at the moment my thoughts were turned toward them.

Right now, I am still under the impressions of the last book that I can't write the proper review that this serial deserves.

I can only tell this. Perfect. In any way imaginable.

Now, I will take a longer rest from the epic fantasy genre and hopefully in next cou
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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 29, 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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Scott
Dec 11, 2015 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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Mike
Apr 17, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
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
Alex Ristea
Mar 27, 2011 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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Paul
Jan 09, 2017 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Malazan Book of the Fallen journey comes to an end. The journey was fraught with extreme highs and lows throughout the reading. I feel like I crossed 4 different deserts myself but I also feel like I was a part of the Bridgeburners or Bonehunters. So, in the end, what did I really think of it? I think it is a monumental piece of fantasy literature that will stand the test of time and Steven Erikson is one of the best all around writers in any genre. I can think that but I also come to unders ...more
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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Terence
Aug 03, 2010 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Zayne
Aug 17, 2012 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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Amanda
Jul 01, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"These Malazans, they shame the gods themselves..."

I have no idea what to write. Seriously. I guess I shall tell you the story of this reread for me.

It’s that long ago that I don’t know if you remember this was originally supposed to be a reread for Bill and Stefan Raets – two people who had read the series a number of times and wanted to go through it again in depth for Tor.com. Bill, Stefan and I were all reviewers for Fantasyliterature.com at the time and, when Stefan unexpectedly had to drop
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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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M Hamed
Oct 17, 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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Kally
Dec 25, 2016 Kally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Изпитвам несравнимо с нищо друго книжно удовлетворение, гордост от себе си и огромен респект към този истински гений в писателското майсторство Стивън Ериксън! Никога не съм си и представяла, че може да съществува такова необятно въображение, което да изгради тъкав свят, такива герои, раси, животни, растения, призраци, мрящи и немрящи създания, такава история и шеметен вихър от събития, съдби, мъдрост, легенди, войни, любов, хумор и смазваща тъга. Живях с всичко това в изминаващата година и бях ...more
Clay
Mar 01, 2011 Clay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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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...
More about Steven Erikson...

Other Books in the Series

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 (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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“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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“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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