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Blood and Bone (Malazan Empire #5)
Blood and Bone is no exception. There were parts where I was confused, and parts where I was scrambling through my Malazan collection trying to verify some memory I had.
Right off the bat, the timeline. ...more
In this story, history comes full circle as we go back to Jakaruku. Back to the conflagration that imposed the crippled god on the world. Back to Kallor's realm. Back for vengeance as a second apocalypse hangs in the sky overhead.
I have some mixed feeling about this book. Firstly, I count about seven separate story arcs. I had a bit of trouble with contin ...more
The latest book in the Malazan World by ICE had me very excited. I was hugely impressed with the writing and story telling skills in Orb Sceptre Throne, so it was with great enthusiasm that I started Blood and Bone. I have to say that I have been somewhat disappointed. It has been a while since I gave a Malazan book 3 stars, this is 3.5 star but still, it is not a four.
The story itself has great potential. Set in a jungle environment, which was very interesting as I picked my brains try ...more
I’m conflicted in writing this. In some ways it was one of the better fantasy I have read. In other ways it was one of the more confusing books I have encountered. A quest of sorts is taken by myriad groups for differing reasons. The book follows the parallel quests. I have to assume that anyone who read the books in the series that preceded this might have a clue as to each group and their goals. Sadly I was pretty clueless about the overall plot.
The book abou ...more
I really, really liked the previous book and so had high expectations for this one. While Esslemont continues to improve his writing and management of various story lines, the problem for me was that some of the plot lines in this book just weren't that interesting. The greatest disappointment was Jatal who started as a poet/philosopher of the horsemen clan and turned into lovesick whiner. Although this part of the story provided an insight in just how horrible the Thaumaturge so ...more
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This book is pretty much what I expected from it. It shows us around in the world of malaz, introduces a few new characters (because the 200+ we already had weren't enough), characterizes a few more gods and introduces new and interesting ways to get killed.
Now, don't mistake thi ...more
Blood & Bone is, no doubt, the best entry in the "Novels of the Malazan Empire" subseries to date.
As for every Malazan Book it's hard to summarize the plot without resorting to spoilers so I'll just say that it's set in Jacuruku (once home of Kallor's empire) and that it involves Kallor himself, the Crimson Guard, shards of the Crippled God, Osserc, the goddess Ardata, the Queen of Dreams and a number of other cool things.
A lot of the action takes place in the jungle of Himata ...more
At about the halfway point, I thought this may be ICE’s strongest work to date, but then the relentless pace kept moving at the same level of intensity all the way through, and ultimately I bec ...more
the depiction of jungle, its effects on ppl living or coming there... learning more of Crippled God, Kallor, Jacuruku, exciting Crimson Guard action and more and more :)))
wishing ICE the best in completing the final novel :P
P.S.: contains one of coolest death scenes I have ever encountered :P
Technically speaking, I often evaluate fiction in terms of raw creativity. Characterization or plotting can make a book unforgettable -- but another avenue is pure unprecedented weirdness. So if an author can come up with ...more
And so it goes. Another Esslemont book that takes the reader on multiple journeys and then tries to tie them all up at the end, not necessarily successfully.
This one really did need to have a couple fewer plotlines. There is only so many "tattered ...more
The best part of this book is the setting. It is rare to find a jungle setting in fantasy books and I found the world a welcome change to the normal Roman / Nordic / Mediterranean civilization ...more
The writing is really top-notch though, ICE came a long way from the shaky start that was Night of Knives. It took him a while, but he's really starting to rea ...more
The Malazan series is a strange breed... namely because it harks back to the days when each volume in a series was self-contained. Theoretically, you should be able to pick any book by any author and read it in an ...more
This book sheds light on the ancient Ardata, who has been a mystery since the 2nd book in Erikson's series. ...more
In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit-realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata. Saeng grew up knowing only th
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Ian C. Esslemont and Steven Erikson co-created the ...more