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Reaper's Gale by Steven Erikson
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Jul 01, 11

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Read from June 24 to July 01, 2011

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 from Lether. One of them, Fear Sengar, seeks the soul of Scabandari Bloodeye, for he hopes that with its help, they might halt the Tiste Edur and so save the emperor, his brother. But another is Scabandari's old enemy: Silchas Ruin, brother of Anomander Rake. He carries scars inflicted by Scabandari, and such bloodshed cannot go unanswered. There is to be a reckoning and it will be on an unimaginable scale...

What can i saw about this book and series other than its truly stunning! I really am awed at Eriksons world, story and the myriad of brilliant characters that litter it. It's the second time i've read this novel and it just knocked my socks off again. The letherii and Malazan threads converge, as do many others threads that tie up some ends and it is just awesome. Add the wonderful characters just to name a few such as the drunkard Hellian, the tortured soul Rhulad, unforgettable mage Beek, Hedge the ghost sapper, Tehol bennidict the somewhat odd hero, Karsa orlong the unstopable barbarian, Icarium the life stealer. Oh i could go on and on and on. The epic scope of plot and world mixed with humour and great setpieces and the dialogue that often does sparkle. Just a joy.
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