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

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The penultimate book in the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy series

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 -
Paperback, 1280 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Bantam Press (first published August 18th 2009)
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Apr 02, 2016 Conor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malazan
After struggling through most of Toll the Hounds before a strong finish went some way to redeeming the book for me this one easily surpassed it as my least favourite Malazan to date. While some of the plotlines in this had interesting and enjoyable parts they were outnumbered by the amount of boring shit going on involving characters I couldn't remember/didn't really care as Erikson slow pacing and verbose philosphising reached a boredom inducing critical mass. Also for the first time in this se ...more
Oct 26, 2011 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
James Lafayette  Tivendale
I found this Malazan book the most difficult so far. Originally I made it half way through and had to give up.

The reason being that although it is the 9th book of the series - I felt that the characters POV's we were following - I could only really follow/ enjoy about 1/3 of what was going on (the Letherri/ Malazan army scenes with familiar faces). The other 2/3 I found it difficult to distinguish which groups were which, who was where on the map etc... Once again so many new factions, people an
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 w
Jan 04, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epics, reviewed
I have often commented that the Malazan series is the very epitome of Epic Fantasy (yes, the capital letters are necessary). It encompasses far flung realms, myriad powerful entities with competing agendas, deep history spanning thousands of years, gods, empires, and fanatics. Every new book introduced several dozen new characters to keep track of, revealed more of the complex history that impacts the events, and a bunch of new cultures to experience. It makes for a fantastically complex and ric ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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David Sven
Mar 04, 2014 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
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
Jan 23, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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 ev
Sep 28, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 26, 2016 Geoff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, canadian
In past books, there would be new characters to follow but Erikson would make you care about them. In this book, he added a lot of new characters/plotlines and I connected with very little of it. I assume this was all to put the pieces in place for the final book and I can forgive him for that. But I felt I was bombarded with it in this book. Maybe Erikson spread himself too thin and therefore nothing had the desired affect. I don't know.

K'Chain Che'Malle - Was very happy in getting a first hand
Duffy Pratt
Mar 05, 2014 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
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
May 20, 2016 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit slower than the rest but I still enjoyed it, especially the last 30%. A few ancient characters we've heard about in previous books make first appearances here. DOD sets the stage for the final book in this series and I must say, its looking to be a beast of a finale.

My love for this series still grows.
I can tell only this and that is that I am speechless... I am so scared that when I finish this serial I will be lost, and I want be able to enjoy in any other of the epic fantasy books.

Steven, you brought me unbelievingly happiness with yours Malazan books on one side, and complete sorrow and fear what I can expect from other books in the future...
Jan 06, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
At this point, I feel like I'm rating each of these books in relation to the series as a whole.

This one had some serious problems, mainly the first half. Just really a whole lot of shit I couldn't have cared less about and didn't seem all that important to the story. Of course, once I passed the halfway mark a lot of those threads started coming together and made the story more enjoyable. And, really, impossible to put down.

True to the rest of the series, this one had some heartbreaking moment
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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
Alex Ristea
Apr 19, 2012 Alex Ristea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Fernando  Martins
Jan 17, 2016 Fernando Martins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-readings
Gostei do livro, embora não ache brilhante. E o capítulo final, pra mim, foi mto decepcionante com a conclusão do arco do Icarium. Sinn e Grub tb são personagens cujas evoluções não me agradaram.

Ponto alto: arco dos bonehunters, dos Elder Gods (todos) e demais personagens (maior parte do livro).

Decepção total: arco referente ao Snake.
Jan 12, 2016 Helen rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless. The Bonehunters, their allies, Tool; what have you done?!
May 27, 2013 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 03, 2016 Andor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a chore to get through. I'm so disappointed.

Erikson seems to have lost control of the story. The past books had some problems, but in this one I felt their weight much more.

Superfluous philosophical inner monologues every step of the way, for example. I got used to skimming these, because they add nothing to the story or the feeling or the setting, or anything at all, really. Mostly self-repeating, overly dramatic thoughts are presented form each and every character.

The story should nea
Jun 28, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Roy
Nov 03, 2009 Michael Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Nono libro per la saga di Malazan, ed è un libro veramente atipico.
Lo stesso Erikson avvisa all'inizio che per questa volta, malgrado solitamente lo eviti, il libro non sarà -bene o male- autoconclusivo.
Non ci sarà una storia unica, condita da quante trame vogliamo ma pur sempre legate a un unico tema portante.

Questa è la prima parte del Tomo finale, la parola FINE di questa saga siglata da due libri.
Di cui questo è l'inizio.

Si parte da dove si era rimasti, dai Bonehunters che hanno invaso l'i
Sep 23, 2009 Karlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
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
Mar 17, 2014 Devonta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
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
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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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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)
  • The Crippled God (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)

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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 bit of '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.” 23 likes
“My flesh is stone. My blood rages hot as molten iron. I have a thousand eyes. A thousand swords. And one mind.
I have heard the death-cry. Was she kin? She said as much, when first she touched me. We were upon the ground. Far from each other, and yet of a kind.
I heard her die.
And so I came to mourn her, I came to find her body, her silent tomb.
But she dies still. I do not understand. She dies still—and there are strangers. Cruel strangers. I knew them once. I know them now. I know, too, that they will not yield.
Who am I?
What am I?
But I know the answers to these questions. I believe, at last, that I do.
Strangers, you bring pain. You bring suffering. You bring to so many dreams the dust of death.
But, strangers, I am Icarium.
And I bring far worse.”
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