Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)
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Dust of Dreams (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #9)

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On the Letherii continent the exiled Malazan army commanded by Adjunct Tavore begins its march into the eastern Wastelands, to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen.





The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand - the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage....more
Paperback, 1280 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Bantam Press (first published 2009)
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Seak (Bryce L.)
There's a warning at the beginning of Dust of Dreams from the author himself explaining that until this point in the series, there has never been a cliffhanger, but in order to finish this insanely huge series, the penultimate volume in the Malazan Book of the Fallen is the first and only to do so.

Throughout the book, I was prepping myself for lots of buildup with no payoff in the end. Every other ending to every other Malazan book has blown my mind more than anything I've ever read. Erikson's e...more
Rob
Executive Summary: I found this to be a disappointment. It's not a bad book by any means, just not the book I was hoping for.

Full Review
So here we are in the home stretch of this epic 10 book series. Mr. Erikson starts this with an author's note saying how this is really part one of a two book finale to the series.

That colored my expectations some that we would start getting more answers than questions and that the new characters and subplots would be kept to a minimum as we finally start to wr...more
David Sven
In the Author's Note at the beginning of the book Steven Erikson has made it clear that this book is the first half of a two volume novel. The finale to the series was just going to be too long to fit in a single book, and both books are a meaty 1200 + pages each.

There are a lot of story arcs from the series now converging in this book plus a few new ones. There is almost too much happening, but if you've come this far then there's nothing for it but to plow through "wide-eyed stupid" because th...more
Terence
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Dara
Dust of Dreams is part 1 of a 2 part finale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, and boy was I disappointed. The book is slow, meandering, and spends too much time on internal philosophizing for the penultimate book in this epic series.

I suppose the disappointment is my fault. I went into Dust of Dreams expecting things to start wrapping up, preparing for the endgame. I thought we wouldn't get many new characters or plotlines. I was very wrong. Even this close to the end, Steven Erikson doe...more
Lori (Hellian)
I'm too emotionally drained to write much. And I thought the other books preceding this was dark! Nihilism pervades. I have no idea where Erickson will take us in what follows. Just what does he mean with all this talk of ending the world? Wiping it clean of corruption and evil so we can start again? Karsa does not appear in DoD, and isn't even mentioned, but I was constantly aware of his upcoming role. And yet, and yet, in the smallest gestures of comraderie, he gives us a slight hope.

I'll try...more
Lee
Story: 5/5
1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking

Book nine in the series of Malazan: Book of Fallen is an story of building tension and an overall feeling that you are getting to the end of the story. Which knowing that this book has 1000 pages and so does book ten shows you the sheer size of the ending to come.
The Malazan story for me has always been more than a novel. When I started out reading these books I was dismayed eve...more
Duffy Pratt
This is only the second book I've read which contains the author's apology for having written an incomplete book. The other was Martin's A Feast for Crows, where Martin apologized for delivering only half a book, and promised that the next half, with all the characters we liked, would be out in another six months. (Martin delivered on that promise, but was a little bit late.) Erikson also apologizes for publishing a half a book, and excuses the existence of some cliffhangers on the structure tha...more
Alex Ristea
I am writing this having just finished the penultimate chapter in the Malazan Book of the Fallen; my heart is still racing, my fingers quiver over the keyboard.

Erikson outdid himself in the final chapters of this book, a true maelstrom of action and intensity. Imagine a Michael Bay movie playing in your head while reading. I was going to read another book before starting The Crippled God, but I know now that I cannot wait to finish this truly epic series.

The author's anthropological background s...more
The Crimson Fucker
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Carl Black
There will be spoilers in here so don't read if you don't want to know. Not just for this book but the entire series.

This was probably the weakest book of all the Malazan novels I've read so far. I thought this would start the wrapping up of the whole story but instead we get bogged down in some Barghast internal politics and follow some refugees about for ages.

I appreciate that every new book is going to have new characters but this one was a step too far for me. Too many minor characters that...more
Evgeny
Adjunct Tavore wants to go east from Lesterii Empire beyond the Wastelands. Nobody (including the reader) has a clue why. In the meantime, two nations in the Wastelands have a war which can only be stopped when one of them is wiped out completely. Oh yeah, K’Chain Che’Malle are back and so are T’lan Imass.

I need to say in advance that I got bored with the series at around book 8 (Toll the Hounds), so my judgment is somewhat influenced by this, but I try to minimize this influence. My major comp...more
Adam
If any piece of writing requires a concordance, it must be the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Particlualrly in the later volumes, it is helpful to have the internet at hand to remind yourself of minor characters and events from the preceding several thousand pages.

Dust of Dreams lies somewhere in the middle of the pack as far as enjoyability. It isn't completely belabored with philosophical meandering and inner monologue in the manner of Toll the Hounds, but it isn't a relentless, action-filled thr...more
Devonta
wow! This book took more patients for me to get through than any previous book, even RG. Definitely gives great detail on many things we've come across in previous books. My problem was a slow buildup in the middle that didn't interest me fully til ch.21. New characters I didn't grow to care for and a bit too many non plot moving sections. There is a lot of introspection in Dust of Dreams, mainly from the soldiers, and at times I found it a bit off-putting. As a renegade army on foreign shores,...more
George Straatman
As always, the following review is a personal opinion and should be taken as such…it should in no way discourage anyone from reading this definitive series…of the first nine installments of this serie, this particular volume is my least favorite…the writing style is consistent and has been throughout the series. To my mind, Steven Erikson is the most distinctive voice in fantasy today and a master wordsmith. There are, however, two aspect of this particular novel that has tarnished the luster on...more
Valery Tzvetanov
The beginning of the end. This is only the first half of last chapter in Malazan's story and the author himself tells us not to expect the usual epic resolution at the end of the book. Taking this in mind, I expected a book with no action that just advances the plot and prepares the characters for the Epic Conclusion. I was wrong. The ending just blew my mind. The battle at the end is more than epic and the book ends with a massive cliffhanger. This book seems better focused on the main plot tha...more
Karlo
Well, well...If you've been along for the ride this far, I'm not sure what I can write in this review that you don't already know about TMBOTF series.

In short order I'll remind you that Erikson:

- Continues to jump between myriad intertwined story lines. If you forget who the character in question is (assuming Erikson identifies him within 3-4 paragraphs), you have to stick around and hope for the best. Eventually it becomes clear :)

- Continues to use the plot vehicle of 'confluences'; events in...more
Michael Roy
Okay, it takes an age to get through - it's taken me nine books of Erikson's so far to adjust to the dense plot structure and the writing style - but I think I've just about got there. For me the secret has been to just go with the flow and don't worry too much about understanding what on earth is going on most of the time.

This means you can relax and appreciate that it's a brilliantly realised universe, fantastically well written, completely original - especially the approach to magic - and, i...more
Justin
Ok, I finished it. My rating is contingent upon my completion of Crippled God as I recognize it's really one book split into two.

However, I struggle with Erikson. I find it incredibly difficult to figure out what's important and what isn't. I recognize this is my failure, not the authors, because frankly I don't think Erikson cares a wit that I'm confused. He's doing it on purpose.

This is the first time in my years of reading fantasy that I realize I have to reread this entire series KNOWING the...more
Daniela
Can I give this book six stars?
Sumant Natkar
Well i have read all the 8 books before this by SE and also 3 books of malazan empire by ICE, but as far as i think this was the weakest book in the series so far.The book started with a bang where in we are again on the lether continent and we have deck of dragons reading by fiddler, this got me excited as to the rest of the book but after that it was just downhill for me.

In this book we have stories of bone hunters who are traveling to wastelands,we have the barghast whom we met in reapar's ga...more
Jeremy Preacher
Well, this was the one I was thinking of, and fortunately it wasn't quite as bad as I remembered - with one caveat, which I'll get it. It's worth noting that the Author's Note is totally correct and this is basically half a novel - it ends on a handful of cliffhangers and half-developed plotlines, which Erikson has been very careful to avoid throughout. It's a grim book, where nothing really good happens, and I tend to find that draining at the best of times. Which this is not.

And now, the cavea...more
Max
"Is there anything more worthless than excuses?"
- Dust of Dreams


This book is hard to rate. It is, of course, part of the bigger series, which makes rating it harder than rating a regular book. Then, it is also intended as part one of the final book, with "The Crippled God" being part two.

The other malazan-books, while still being tied together very well, all had a somewhat satisfying conclusion at the end. But even before book nine begins, Steven Erikson warns the reader that it will end with a...more
Razmatus
amazing, wow, amazing again... first half of the grand finale that I devoured in less than three weeks, which, when considering its vastness (I think it is even longer than Toll The Hounds for Hood's icy balls on a skillet :D), it quite something... there was tons of action, of revelations, many assumptions simply shattered, and while some of you might disagree with me, the most memorable scene in the whole thing for me was (view spoiler)...more
William
The ninth Malazan book has many of the strengths and weaknesses of other recent books in the series. On the plus side, the penultimate novel in the series does show encouraging signs of actually explaining some long-standing mysteries and it is finally starting to become clear how some of the major plots are going to resolve. The book seems better focused on the main plot than some previous Malazan books and there's not too much incomprehensible weirdness (although there are a few odd moments)....more
Mike
More and more I find that reviewing Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series a difficult prospect. There is a less of a problem reviewing Ian C. Esselmont’s books set in the same world, they are typically stand-alone novels, but in series as large and sprawling as this one it becomes harder and harder to review as the series has gone on. Which makes Dust of Dreams, the penultimate volume (really part 1 of a 2 part novel), a bit difficult to review. Things are even more difficult here because...more
Mike
Somewhere around book 8, this series has started to sag under its own weight and become a chore to read. Like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, it treats sharing details of a complex universe almost as an end in itself. Thus we have a sprawling tale focusing primarily on ancillary characters in whom we have almost no emotional investment. It's hard to discern their motivations, and often what's going on in the first place. After seven books, we're eager to follow the Malazan Bonehunters, as...more
Jacob
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Dust of Dreams and The Crippled God were written as one novel, and more importantly - they read like it, too. So be warned: Dust of Dreams has a cliffhanger - but does, on the other hand, possess a conclusion.

There is only one word that can describe Dust of Dreams, and that would be "epic". But perhaps that doesn't go quite far enough, so let's try "cataclysmic" - for, if not Erikson's apotheosis, Dust is certainly close. Overshadowing all...more
The
Full review at http://atg-reviews.com/books-and-comi...

(Spoilers for the previous Malazan books are below).

Steven Erikson’s writing style is really getting in the way of bringing this series to a satisfying conclusion. The time spent on additional characters rather than spending time with characters that were previously established is irritating. These new characters are nowhere near as endearing as characters from the first half of this series.

When Dust of Dreams does focus on previously establ...more
Traci
I feel as though I should give this book two ratings. The first for a single book of a series and the second for being the next to last in a series. I seem to still be missing something. Now whether that is reader or writer fault I don't know. But what I do get I love. And I have the feeling I'll be reading these again soon. I even think I'll understand more. Erikson has a tendency to write backwards. Giving you important information before you know what to do with it. Introducing characters wit...more
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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...
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“It is your cowardice that offends us, Warleader.’
‘I refuse your challenge, Bakal. As I did that of Riggis, and as I will all others that come my way-until our return to our camp.’
‘And once there? A hundred warriors shall vie to be first to spill your blood. A thousand. Do you imagine you can withstand them all?’
Tool was silent for a moment. ‘Bakal, have you seen me fight?’
The warrior bared his filed teeth. ‘None of us have. Again you evade my questions!’
‘I have a question for you, Bakal.’
‘Ah! Yes, ask it and hear how a Barghast answers what is asked of him!’
‘Can the Senan afford to lose a thousand warriors?”
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“Aye.' It's a good word, I think. More a whole attitude than a word, really. With lots of meaning in it, too. A bitof 'yes' and a bit of 'well, fuck' and maybe some 'we're all in this mess together'. So, a word to sum up the Malazans.” 8 likes
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