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Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont
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May 09, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, outstanding-books
Read from September 28 to October 24, 2012

"Very well, court clerk. Here is my judgment upon the case that said self-important appellants are so keen to bring before me to the exclusion of all else I may have to attend to. Said plot of land of property is to be divided exactly in half and fifty percent given to each parts - Even if said property constitutes a slave. Am I understood?"
- Mallick Rel, Return of the Crimson Guard

After reading Night of Knives, this book was another great view into the Malazan Empire. I love the way the characters from the previous book are appearing again, and I absolutely love the way some other characters from the "main" Series make an appearence, too. I can't go into much details, to avoid spoilers, but oh my god I love the wickans!

Additionally, the book also provided a much needed view into the Crimson Guard, and although those parts of the story weren't always the best, I still enjoyed reading them.

My problems with the book boil down to the problems I have had with every single on of the books: I sometimes can't keep up with the amount of characters, especially if they all have pretty similar names. Again, Esslemont has managed to give each important character a special trait that makes them recognizable (For example, hating horses), and that helps a lot. But still, if you only read 50 pages a day and do it while you are tires, it's probably your own fault if you can't keep up.

Rating? Well, I was about to give 4 1/2 stars again, and usually I round them down to four. But screw that. I hereby add all the half stars I could never give all the other books and pile them on this one. I enjoyed the book, even with all the small flaws, and what more can you ask?
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Reading Progress

09/28/2012 "Sooo, after a brief detour, let's get back to the world of malaz."
10/07/2012 page 197
23.0% "Not really making significant Progress at the moment. It's not that it is a bad book (It isn't, it's actually a pretty good book so far, and I enjoy it a lot), it's just that I don't really have the time right now. Sad, but I'll keep going."
10/10/2012 page 287
33.0% "This book has already won. It just reintroduced one of my favourite Characters of the whole Series. God, I had shivers running down my spine when it clicked and I recognized him. Also, I love the Wickans."

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