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Reaper's Gale: Book Seven of The Malazan Book of the Fallen (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #7)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  10,342 ratings  ·  276 reviews
All is not well in the Letherii Empire. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, surrounded by sycophants and agents of his Machiavellian chancellor. Meanwhile, the Letherii secret police conduct a campaign of terror against their own people. The Errant, once a farseeing god, is suddenly blind to the future. Conspiracies seethe throughout the ...more
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Published March 4th 2008 by Tor Books (first published 2007)
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David Sven
Initial Read

Another solid entry in the Malazan Series. In this 7th book we have a convergence of story arcs started in "Midnight Tides" as well as "The Bonehunters" and throw in a couple more that nobody really cares about and adds a couple hundred unnecessary pages and you have another epic adventure with its unique brand that is The Malazan Series.

So here we have the rebel Bonehunters having escaped from Malaz appointing themselves as the avengers of the Edur/Letherii atrocities committed on
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Rob
Executive Summary: After what has to be my favorite of the series The Bonehunters, this one is a big letdown. Too many new characters really bog the story down for far too long, but it ends strong enough to save it from being a bad book.

Full Review
This book seems to take everything about Midnight Tides and ramp it up. Unlike that book however, I didn't find myself confused and frustrated at the beginning. I was simply uninterested. So unlike Midnight Tides where I enjoyed the story once I got m
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Traci
Done. Finally. This one took me awhile. I learned a few things with this book. Number one, I didn't have the stamina for a marathon Malazan reading. I think I sprained something in my brain in the attempt. I also learned that while Steven Erikson is a master of writing tragedy I don't care for his over the top humor. With a few exceptions, I do love Tehol and Bugg. And that hidden beneath this dark tale hides the heart of a romantic. And an author who can write male friendships like no one else ...more
Dara
When I first started Reaper's Gale, I was apprehensive. I knew a few people who said it wasn't that good compared with the rest of the series and they really struggled with it. I knew it picked up from Midnight Tides, my least favorite of the series so far. I ended up loving Reaper's Gale. Perhaps part of that is understanding how things work on Lether, being familiar with the characters, and how the storylines begin to converge with characters from Seven Cities.

This book weaves together storyli
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Jonathan
I can see that the overarching story might add up to a wonderful jigsaw, but Erikson is a demented pounder of the keyboard, someone needs to edit him savagely, take away his computer and make him write longhand. He has long since lost control of his creation. As Stalin may have said 'Quantity has a Quality all of its own', it pounds your mind into numbed submission as you trudge towards the slopes of Mount Doom, bearing the ring of steadily reducing expectations.

After 500 pages of this the 7th M
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Nate
Nov 05, 2014 Nate marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Fuck it, I'm too distracted and/or dumb to continue with this series at this point.
Duffy Pratt
05/21/12 - We've passed the point in the series where it makes much sense to be reviewing individual books. On its own, this book probably doesn't hold up too well. In some ways, the structure did not feel as tight as some others. But that may just be because Erikson seems to rely less on big set pieces here than he has in other books. And once again, this book features almost everything I like and dislike about Erikson. There's still great humor, a fine sense of tragedy, great characters, and m ...more
Kris
Book seven of the Malazan series brings several plot lines together that have been moving along separately for 3 or 4 books. This book really pushed me to remember some of the various secondary characters that Erickson uses so liberally in this series. I think he really is hitting his stride as a writer in this series as there were numerous occasions that elicited some genuine emotion as the characters were facing the myriad challenges that the author throws in to their path. The pacing at times ...more
Zayne
4.5 stars

Awesome Awesome Awesome! This was one hell of a book. I was a little nervous coming into this book since I heard from a few people that this was not a very good Malazan novel, but, man, like the other Malazan novels, this one was filled with adventure, suspense, action, humor, and grief. I entertained the whole way through. In this book, the Lether and Malazan arcs finally collided into one hell of a tale, and though it was really cool, the only problem I had was this created so many pl
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Lori (Hellian)
I love this series. Just love it. Onto bk 8! I'm already freaking out that I'm now caught up with the released books and have to wait for the final 2. That will be torture. I'm agitated just thinking about that. I think that alone says enough for this review - that I've been living mostly on this series with just a few breaks since Thanksgiving. And these are dense, very long hard books to read but I can't get enough.

Brilliant. In fact, when enough time has passed I have a strong feeling that th
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Gar
I've just started this the other night, but I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that this volume of the series will include several incidents of coruscating waves of chaotic elder sorcery tearing faceless unnamed characters into confetti and several unkillable-by-plot-decree characters wading through enemies.

Later, upon completion: I can predict the future!
Patrick
I like this series. It has its faults (which I'll get to in a minute), but the author has created a rich, deep world with a complex history and mythology, and he's populated it with a legion of characters, some of whom are genuinely likable. I keep reading because I'm definitely interested in what happens next.

That said....

Holy crap, is this series long. This book was over 1200 pages, and is representative of the others. The characters are often similarly named and difficult to tell apart, and t
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Jeffrey
Steven Erikson is a phenomenal writer. His world is unique and fresh, with fully realized characters, that all have a unique and compelling story to tell. All of these people fill a world complete with it's own history, age upon age, that pulls the reader in, wanting to discover more. It's a continuing tale of worlds ending, and new ones being born.
The central world that the myriad of characters that have been introduced over the series, live in, is the cornerstone for the outlying planes of ex
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Nev Percy
What would I say now that I haven't probably said about Books 1-6?

I'm pretty well tuned in to Erikson's style now, and enough of the characters are already known from previous volumes that there aren't too many new ones to accommodate, so it gets into my head more easily than the first ones did.

The first half all rather washed over me. Stuff was building, and quite eventful enough along the way, but not quite engaging my full excitement.

But I must admit, some of the characters were a bit blurry
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Marina
There's a common trait in all of Erikson's books: the multiple local plots, that seem to be drawn by common underlying factor(s) (Crippled God etc.), brilliantly interwoven into an epic end - a convergence that is breathtaking in each book. That makes it impossible to put the book down once you reach the last couple hundred pages. A storytelling that reaches millenia back and really creates a wonderful adventure. Both in the book, and in my mind as I try to remember what had happened three books ...more
Shauna Reitsma
This one was a chore to get through. Not nearly as bad as Deadhouse Gates, which will remain the worst in the series, as far as I'm concerned. The Karsa parts are pretty badass, and the parts with Fiddler, Beak, and Feather Witch were good, but the rest was, in the immortal words of Simon Cowell, forgettable. It's probably beating a dead horse at this point to mention the overwrought descriptives at this point, but I'll mention it all the same. Overall not bad, but not great.

I find it interestin
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Adam
It was, indeed, amazing!!!
First, it tied together the Malazan side of the story and the Letheri side of the story.
Second, it had the marines doing what they were meant to do!
Third, it had Hellian (who is quickly growing to be one of my favorite characters), Fiddler, Tehol Beddict, and Karsa Orlong ALL IN ONE BOOK.
Fourth, some secrets are revealed...
Fifth, Shadowthrone & Cottillion are still the masters of deceit.
Sixth, 'twas hilarious.
Seventh, it definitely wasn't even close to as weird as
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Newton Nitro
E sigo em frente com uma das séries mais revolucionárias da literatura de fantasia contemporânea. Malazan é um desafio literário, uma série de fantasia que quebra todas as barreiras entre a dita “alta literatura” e a literatura de gênero de fantasia. Steven Erickson é um “assimilacionista”, incorporando os desenvolvimentos do que se costumava chamar de “literatura pós-moderna” dentro do gênero de fantasia, e com isso, criando algo novo e desafiador.

Um aviso, como sempre em minhas resenhas, evite
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Jon Snow
So, this was the first book in a LONG time that actually made me cry. Twice. In a space of about 50 pages. Good job, Mr Erikson, good job.
Will
The Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson is a long book – the paperback is almost 1300 pages – but if you’ve reached book 7 in the Malazan Book of the Fallen I’m assuming length is no issue for you.

Erikson’s world building is as ever truly expansive, particularly now with extensive, and explosive, interaction between the peoples of Letheras, and its surrounds, and the Malazan Empire. The recounted journeys of the questing Letherii and Edur give the reader a real sense of just how vast this world is
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Kalin
Засега остава без оценка. Нека първо прочета следващите и да преценя оправдават ли толкова жестокост.

Шантих...

Ето и впечатленията ми, в хронологичен ред:

~ В Малазанската поредица няма първо-, второ- и третостепенни герои. Всеки е важен колкото всички останали. Дори да се появяват само за две страници – дори да е само за да зърнем света през очите им миг преди да ги покоси смърт, – успяваме да се потопим в техния личен свят, предистория и значимост. И сега, когато Ериксън за пореден път ме хвърли
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Lady*M
After seven books in The Malazan Book of the Fallen and nine books in the shared Erikson/Esslemont world, it is really hard to write a coherent review. The world is too wast, the characters too many, the narrative too complex. So, here is a meager attempt.

This is a book of tragedies and reunions. And, some reunions end up in tragedies. In a world where death does not necessarily spell the end, death can still cut deep - characters and reader alike. Among the deaths in this book one stands out -
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Carl Black
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Beth
This only made me cry once! Almost twice, but not quite. Not quite as soul destroying as The Bonehunters (there was a reason it took me 5 months before I'd touch this one) but just as enjoyable. I still don't really like Hellian, and that annoys me because it's a stupid reason to dislike a character, I just can't find her sympathetic or funny or really all that likeable. Quick Ben is really starting to scare me and Fiddler continues to be made of win.
This one felt a bit tighter than some of the
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Max
“Retribution seen in natural catastrophes is manufactured by all too eager
and all too pious people, each one convinced the world will end but spare them and them
alone. But we all know, the world is inherited by the obnoxious, not the righteous”


Oh, come on. Stop making me give four stars already. There is not much I can say about this book that I have not said about the previous six. The Story is wonderful, the characters are interesting and well characterized, even if sometimes there are a few
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Michael
Erikson, as always, has continued to build upon this wonderfully large and intriguing world. The problem is that there's so damn much stuff to keep track of. Whenever I run into something new, I find myself thinking, "Okay, well that's cool," but then I forget about it. There's absolutely no way to keep track of all the mysteries Erikson has set up in this series. That being said, the mysteriousness and all the allusions to past events creates a depth to the world that most other fantasy series ...more
Tim
Reaper's Gale, the seventh book in Steven Erikson's Malazan Books of the Fallen series, is a major entry in the series. Significant events occur through out, moving the series along towards its conclusion. We see a major convergence of characters from Midnight Tides and The Bonehunters, which leads to cataclysmic and often tragic results.

Once again, I found the book a little slow at the beginning. It took me about 3 weeks to finish the book. 2 of those weeks were spent getting through the first
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Lynyrd
The Letherii Empire is in turmoil. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, while the Errant, once a farseeing god, appears suddenly blind to the future. Driven by the corruption and self-interest, the empire edges ever-closer to all-out war with its neighbouring kingdoms. And the great Edur fleet draws ominously ever closer. With Karsa Orlong and Icarium Lifestealer among its warriors, that blood will be spilled is certain.

But a band of fugitives look to escape fro
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Evgeny
The book returns to events in Midnight Tides, namely conquest of Lethery Empire by Tiste Edur. Nobody (including the conquerors) is particularly happy about the results. On the top of this are the Bonehunters led by Adjunct Tavore with the mission of toppling of the current Empire. The combination of all of these leads to (supposedly) explosive conclusion.

This is probably the first book where I am still not sure about the rating. It is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, so let us say 3.5 with 0.5
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Daniel Brandon
This book was 800ish well-written pages of absolutely nothing.

As a stand-along book, it basically failed. It's relying heavily enough on the previous 6000-odd pages of material that it would thoroughly confuse and bewilder a new reader, and the action both starts and stops in the middle of a much larger story. Very little of the action that is resolved seems to have any real import. Brand new characters are introduced, and most of them are killed without having much impact. The few that survive
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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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“I am here to arrest your manservant. The one named Bugg.’

‘Oh, now really, his cooking isn’t that bad.”
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