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Toll the Hounds (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #8)

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,806 Ratings  ·  428 Reviews
In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the faded red waistcoat, discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the qu
Hardcover, 832 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Tor Books (first published 2008)
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Nov 23, 2015 Conor rated it really liked it
Shelves: malazan
3.5 Stars.

The painfully slow pace for much of this installment made it the weakest Malazan book in some time, although the typically awesome ending went some way to redeeming it. The return to the city of Darujhistan was cool and I was glad to see some familiar faces (the retired Malazans and the regulars of the Phoenix Inn were both awesome) but these plot-lines were especially slow for much of the book, which was a shame. Although the scene where the Malazan's were attacked in their bar by a
David Sven
Jan 08, 2014 David Sven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
I can't say I enjoyed this book as much as the previous book in the series. There seemed to be an excessive amount of introspection and self indulgent musings(yes, more than usual) touching on the usual Steven Erikson favourites ie politics and religion.
Still, when the characters were done playing with themselves (some literally so) we get the customary, second to none, explosive action scenes that keeps me coming back for more.

The story takes us back to Darujhistan, which is a pleasure to revis
Dec 08, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving this a 4.5*s overall, the ending was brilliant!! Full review will go up soon as it's 2am here and I stayed up to finish this!


This storyline is rather a dramatic one when it comes to the overall world of Malazan. For the majority of this (monster) book I was enjoying the different threads and characters (we saw some of my favourites reunite and take leading roles) but it was a slow mover at first. I would say that the first two thirds are thoroughly too slow for my liking
Dec 04, 2013 Evgeny rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Back in Darujhistan things are back to normal with a lot of parties competing for power, money, influence, or just trying to stay alive. The rules of the game are simple: all means of achieving a goal are fine. A number of people came back to the city and they have no idea what to do in there, which leaves a lot of time for them to ponder on philosophical questions. Meanwhile, in Coral (Black Coral now) Anomander Rake does ... well... something - I still have no clue what he did there.

I rate thi
Executive Summary: To me this book lives or dies by its characters, if you liked the people from Darujhistan in Gardens of the Moon you'll likely enjoy this as much as I did. If not, you may find this one slow.

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This book provides an interesting contrast with Reaper's Gale for me. A lot more happens in Reaper's Gale, yet I enjoyed this one a lot more.

So why is that? The characters. The worst thing a storyteller can do is have characters you don't care about. I don't mean dislike. Robi
Apr 03, 2009 Gordon rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Malazan trilogy addicts who just need to read the next one.
Recommended to Gordon by: No one really, it's a compulsion
Blech. I think that's a word, at least it's onomatopeiac. Anyway, that's how I feel about Toll the Hounds.

I waited a couple of days to write this review, just so I wouldn't be too negative, but I think it's only reduced my invective.

Anyway, after slogging through the 600 or so contract-filling pages I made a concerted effort in the last week to polish this guy off. And succeeded. But it's the weakest Erikson yet. It has hundreds of pages of filler and attempts to add colour (the humour of Kruppe
Sep 28, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epics, reviewed

Just... wow.

That ending just blew my mind.

I mean, Erikson has already spilled a ton of ink across a nearly countless number of characters and plot lines. His plots are intricate, inter-related and have a very deep history. Some characters will pop up in one book and then won't be seen for several more (or, more likely, die; not that that would preclude them from impacting the story). They may only make a brief appearance or end up getting caught up in another character's plot. However, the
Dec 16, 2014 Zayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing installment in the Malazan series!

In Toll the Hounds, we're brought back to Darujhistan where this whole series started, reacquainting us with some old favorites from Gardens of the Moon as well as bringing a huge cast together from the entire series. Powers are converging onto Darujhistan: Gods, demons, powerful warriors, and crazy priests. But what is it they seek from this City of Blue Fire?

I feel like the strongest part of this novel was the cast. The cast was everything in t
TS Chan
Feb 10, 2016 TS Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'There is no struggle too vast, no odds too overwhelming, for even should we fail-should we fall-we will know that we have lived.'

This installment of the Malazan series took me the longest to finish to-date. A large part of the book hovered around 3-stars for me but it was redeemed by 2 things: (1) THAT ending; and (2) Anomander Rake.

Rake has been an (extremely charismatic) enigma pretty much the whole of the series and as a reader we never really got close to this character. However, and I don
Nov 28, 2008 John rated it really liked it
A recent column by Orson Scott Card enumerated four qualities that he felt defined true greatness in novels. Briefly, they are 1) clear writing 2) memorable, powerful characters 3) "pivotal moral and philosophical issues of universal concern," and 4) "such a thorough experience of the culture in which it is set that readers experience and comprehend it as reality, regardless of how far removed from it in space and time they might be." I bring this up because I think that Steven Erikson, in his ...more
It's getting harder and harder to review these Malazan books. Toll the Hounds is the 8th book in the series so spoilers are kind of inevitable but I'm going to try hard not to post any.

Toll the Hounds takes us back to Genabackis, the location of Gardens of the Moon and Memories of Ice. We are reunited with characters from those two books such as the retired Bridgeburners, Kruppe, the Noms, Murillio, Chalice, and Anomander Rake. There are also some old favorites: Karsa Orlong, Samar Dev, and Cutt
Dec 19, 2011 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

Toll the hounds is the eight book in the Malazan series. I haven’t read many series this long before, those that I have, had felt like pulp fiction by this stage, where we are just going through the motions of a story with lots of little side plots to keep the author in business. NOT Malazan; Book of the Fallen, this still feels like I am reading the original story and it has ta
Mar 19, 2016 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most important aspects to a good reading experience is Trust in the author. I trust Erikson to deliver, it’s been 8 books now and he hasn’t let me down once.
This installment had a different style but once I got used to it, I had no problems.
Toll the Hounds has a host of awesome characters; gods, ascendants, humans, dragons, Hounds…needless to say the convergence in this one was a beast!
Some of my favorites? Iskaral (so funny!), Karsa, Rallick, Nimander, Bellam Nom, Torvald, Murillio,
Duffy Pratt
Jan 11, 2014 Duffy Pratt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
6/30/2012 - First off, I doubt anyone will be reading this review to decide whether they will continue with the series. If you are, then make up your own mind, but read on at your peril: There may be SPOILERS.

Perhaps the most annoying characters in this series so far have been Kruppe, the pastry eating fence who is pleasantly pleased with his own turn of phrase and thus tends to repeat himself repeatedly. And Iksarial Pust, the high magus of Shadow, who thinks he is pretending to be insane, but
The Crimson Fucker
Apr 30, 2012 The Crimson Fucker rated it it was amazing
Toll the Hounds!

fuck! i haven't write a review in ages... still! i need to give this shit a try! god damn this shit its good! as some of y'all know and by some i mean 2... i've been re-reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen series! not only because its awesome... but also cuz i'm broke and i aint got no money for new shit! so suck it!!! here is my review:

I know I joke a lot about world domination! the big ol' fantasy of me taking over and imposing my will over everything that lives in this sad
Nov 01, 2009 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Malazan Empire fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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Lars J. Nilsson
This is I'm afraid the low point of the Malazan series. And had this been book 2 or 3 it is possible I wouldn't have continued reading the sequels, and would have been very disapointed. Here's my problems:

1) Occasionally narrated by Kruppe, a character. This is the first time in the series any character gets to narrate, and to introduce it in book 8 feels strange. Also, Kruppe isn't fit to tell a story straight, I found myself so exasperated by the style that I frequently skipped entire section.
Feb 26, 2016 Miloš rated it it was amazing
Review will follow soon...
Sep 10, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
“The more civilized a nation, the more conformed its population, until that civilization's last age arrives, when multiplicity wages war with conformity. The former grows ever wilder, ever more dysfunctional in its extremities; whilst the latter seeks to increase its measure of control, until such efforts acquire diabolical tyranny.'
- Traveller”

Finally. Finally I can allow myself to give five stars to one book of the malazan series. I liked all the previous books a lot, but I never got around to
Sep 24, 2013 Fadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me more than two months to finish this book, maybe I got a bit lazy, maybe the book was stretched, maybe the fact that I went on vacation didn't help...actually that's bullshit, I took my kindle and read TTH beside a river in the mountains of Lebanon, I sort of connected with Endest Silann at that moment (don't worry that's not a spoiler). Now where do I begin, how do I express my tumultuous journey with this book?

"Tumultuous? you gave it 5 stars..." I hear you say, well let me explain.
Jan 06, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Darujhistan is such a great city to set this story in. I love the inner workings of the nobility, the bars, the underworld, everything.

In typical Malazan fashion, a whole lotta shit happened and I'm not sure how much went over my head. I enjoyed the hell out of it though, and there were some genuinely heart warming moments.

Jul 03, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
The fact that I've read this series back to back with only a few breaks, and only for other books that were group reads, pretty much says it all. This is a series not to be missed.

Other reviews have stated this is too slow-moving, at least until the last 1/3, but I disagree. Sure, there's not as much action and there's more social and political musings, but that only adds to it for me. And there's also complaints that Erikson spends a bit too much time on more minor characters that seem extraneo
Dec 14, 2015 Kalin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Впечатленията ми в хронологичен ред:

~ Дотук се редуват мрак, смях, тих ужас и доста размисли за вярата (и верността – брачната ;). Ето един, който ме нацели във верния момент:

П.П. Частите, в които разказвач е Крупе, са върховни. Даже взех да подозирам автора, че е намерил своя mouthpiece – или поне любимия си глас. ;)

~ Като казах за брачната вярност...


~ Тия дни – покрай разни родни вести за корупция в особено без
Jan 27, 2016 Dhuaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
I had 2 years break in reading the series. When I finally picked up the 8th volume, I spent first 200 pages wondering who these people are and why should I care. With such a massive scope, the author could have thrown in a couple of sentences reminding the readers what the characters did in the past, especially since they all come from the entire series. Characters from all the volumes spend first 1000 pages of the book (out of 1200) traveling in order to meet in one place (or not; there's at le ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
So, I've read all of Erikson's books leading up to this one. You kind of have to in order to even begin to follow the story. This, however, is the first one I am reviewing. Not because it's my favorite (that would be Memories Of Ice) although Toll The Hounds has certainly been the most shocking so far in terms of advancing the story and characters.

The thing about the Malazan series is that you have to be prepared for an insane ride when you pick up the first one. Each book (aside from the last t
Jošua Vrajević
Aug 21, 2015 Jošua Vrajević rated it it was amazing
Obavezno voditi bilješke o likovima iz ranijih knjiga.

Meni se to dopada , što je priča "razbacana" na sve strane .

Trebalo mi je dosta da ih pohvatam , ali sve u svemu mi je sjela knjiga.
Twerking To Beethoven
I am in absolute awe of the complexity found in the Malazan "Book of the Fallen", both in characters and in plot. Few sagas in this genre come close to the level of engagement and depth in the characters moving throughout the series. It's hard to write a review of a single book since it should be viewed as a whole (and that's something you peeps already know). But "Toll the Hounds" is perhaps one of the most emotionally gripping books thus far. Since it is book 8 in a series of 10, and my cravin ...more
Alex Ristea
Mar 02, 2012 Alex Ristea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. If you've made it this far - the eighth tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen - you must be as in love with Erikson's writing as I am. I'm finally used to all the frequent POV shifts, and find it a tremendous display of skill how he can set mood and weave stories like no other.

The beginning of this novel was a bit slow, especially because I absolutely love reading about Malazan marines, and they were noticeably absent in this novel set primarily in and around Darujhistan. However, the last
Charlotte Bird
Aug 09, 2011 Charlotte Bird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh my days this book's amazing. I'd go so far as to say the best one yet. Kruppe, previously an annoying long winded fool, becomes the narrator and in this more first person perspective he actually shines. Not going to lie, love the chubby fellow. Erikson actually tackles some more...realistic? themes through his narrative too, which fit well and strike a chord. Kruppe's rants that people with difficulties just have a different world perspective and different has never meant wrong spring to mind ...more
Camilla Hansen
Sep 04, 2013 Camilla Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This must simply be the most touching books of them all... I think I declare this my favourite in the series before even finishing the last two!

This was one of those books where the events truly felt like they did a huge impact on the world, on that universe specifically. Afterwards, you feel stunned and amazed, not sure where to put yourself. I actually cried and felt a few moments of bliss in the end, but then again - I'm a girl prone to tears when it come to books. Still, the characters have
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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)
  • Dust of Dreams (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)
  • The Crippled God (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)

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