While I liked this book, it seemed to me a big dropoff from the first three in the series, all of which I loved. This one had some good parts, even so...moreWhile I liked this book, it seemed to me a big dropoff from the first three in the series, all of which I loved. This one had some good parts, even some great parts. But through much of it I felt it was dragging and not going anywhere. I love the character brought in on this: Karsa Orlong. He has become one of my favorites in the series.
Overall, a good book. But to me it just fell short of what it could have been, as Erikson set the bar pretty high with his first 3 volumes to this series...(less)
The thing that struck me the most with this book was the fact that it was mostly linear. That is to say, it had a beginning with its prologue that happens alotathousand years ago. It has a middle, with rising action and enjoyable characters. And it has a climax, where something happens to make the read go "dayyyyum". It read like a novel, from beginning to end, without all the "whatthefucks?" being tossed about. In other words, I actually UNDERSTOOD most of what was happening. Or at least enough to cruise along nicely with the story. Those that read Erikson know that this isn't always an easy task.
But that being said, this book rocked. I absolutely loved the characters of Tehol and Bugg. It seemed like the narrative took a turn whenever these two appeared, with their cast of co-conspirators. It became like a Terry Pratchett novel when they were around. Tehol is a nobleman who (supposedly) lost his fortune through bad business decisions but is in fact scheming behind the scenes of many endeavors. Bugg is his loyal and quite busy manservant. When together, they are a riot. The banter between them made me laugh out loud several times.
The main part of the book revolved around Trull Sengar and his Tiste Edur clan. Their chief has united all of the other clans under his and they are looking southward, to the Lether kingdom. Trull is a very interesting character in that his is different than the other Edur. He actually sees the tragedy in what is happening around him, and while he is unmatched in his battle skill, not always ready to jump in with bloodthirsty battle-lust.
It is often stated that this could be one of the entry points into the Malazan series. The events of this book happen on another side of the world from the first four books and except for Trull Sengar himself, it introduces entirely new characters. Trull was a minor mysterious character in House of Chains, Book 4. This tells his backstory and brings new light to the character. And the novel overall sets up for when Erikson will later bring all of his storylines together.
Let's just say that I'm definitely looking forward to that....(less)
I almost dropped it to 3 stars, as there were lots of WTF moments and confusing drawn out parts. In truth, this book could have probably be...more3.75 stars.
I almost dropped it to 3 stars, as there were lots of WTF moments and confusing drawn out parts. In truth, this book could have probably been half the length and been just as good (as long as it was the right half).
The Bonehunters were great. Paran, Kalam and Quick Ben, and Karsa Orlong. Oh, and I loved (view spoiler)[our first real interaction with Laseen, the Empress. (hide spoiler)] Badass stuff.
When this book was good, it was fantastic. When not as good, it was like a big, long "huh?"
I can't in good conscience recommend or push this series anymore. Not to the unsuspecting, at least. It will fit a groove with some, but certainly not all.
I loved the first book, though many say it's tough. I didn't have any problem with it.
The second and third books blew me away, they were so good.
The fourth was a monkey spank. Let's be honest.
The fifth was better again, but still a lot of "huh"? going on.
The sixth was a continuation of the monkey spank from Book 4, so that was much of the problem. Honestly, half of this book could go to the shit pile and not be missed. Lots of b.s. wtfery, and each book seems to pile it on rather than clear things up.
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This is a good book. It isn't a great book. It sorta falls in the middle.
What I liked: the pace of the action. It's pretty steady throughout the book....moreThis is a good book. It isn't a great book. It sorta falls in the middle.
What I liked: the pace of the action. It's pretty steady throughout the book. I also like how the plot is centered around a single night in Malazan history, a very important night indeed. I liked the main characters (Temper and Kiska) and thought they were explored fairly deeply. The ending was satisfactory on the whole, seeming to wrap everything up nicely. I absolutely loved Temper's backstory, and his relationship to the Malazan Empire as revealed through the tale.
What I disliked: too often I found myself going, "do what?" There seemed to be a lot of moments in the story that seemed random and mismatched. Some of the encounters and Kiska's travels through the warrens seemed unnecessary to tell her tale. I was often confused whenever someone reached out and snatched her from behind and tied her up. What side are they on? Who are they? Why are they here? There wasn't a definite Side A vs. Side B struggle going on here; it often seemed like pure chaos, and it was hard to keep track of. And yes, I think Kiska got captured more times than a Robert Jordan novice smoothes out her skirts in a single volume.
That aside, there can be a positive said about the confusion. It was a confusing night, the Shadow Moon. Kiska was clueless, and so were the readers that followed from her perspective. As she learned what the hell was going on, so did we. So ultimately, that worked out. Esslemont just isn't as intriguing a writer as his co-conspirator in the Malazan world, Steven Erikson. Steven confuses us too, but his narrative makes it forgivable, most of the time.
So all in all, I enjoyed it and it was a quick read. If you're a Malazan fan, it's a must read. If not, skip it...... (less)
I even like the narration. The reader has a nice feel for the Malazan world and it's easy to follow along and relax wit...moreI really like this book. A lot.
I even like the narration. The reader has a nice feel for the Malazan world and it's easy to follow along and relax with. The only thing I'd say to the negative is that he could use some speeding up.
So even enjoying the audio, I'm moving away from it. The book is just too big and at this speed will take too long. I've read the book, so I was just trying the audio out to see how it was. I don't need a full re-read to get back to the point I left off the Malazan series. (less)