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Fall of Light

(The Kharkanas Trilogy #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,716 ratings  ·  186 reviews
It is a bitter winter and civil war now ravages Kurald Galain, as Urusander's Legion prepares to march upon the city of Kharkanas.The rebels' only opposition lies scattered, bereft of a leader since Anomander's departure in search of his estranged brother, Andarist. The last brother remaining, Silchas Ruin, rules in Anomander's stead. He seeks to gather the Houseblades of ...more
Hardcover, 837 pages
Published April 21st 2016 by Bantam Press
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Alphus Rockey The premise that K'rul and Icarium conferred is not true... The similarity between them that Reapers Gale talks about is that the machine Icarium buil…moreThe premise that K'rul and Icarium conferred is not true... The similarity between them that Reapers Gale talks about is that the machine Icarium built was to have similar effect to K'rul creating the Warrens and as far as I recall there is no material to support the theory that they could have discussed warren creation.

The guardian cannot be Icarium as he does not exist in that time period as Gothos is yet to sire a child. In all possibility Icariums time comes later on the main Malazan world as all throughout the Malazan series all narratives concerning him have been restricted to the Malazan Realm.

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Stefan Bach
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Is love so paltry a thing, to be plucked and dropped to the ground at the first breath of contempt?”

In Fall of Light, second book in The Kharkanas Trilogy and sequel to Forge of Darkness, we continue exploring incredibly deep history of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.
Besides giving information how the world we were roaming about in ten books of the previous series came to be, it also helps explaining origins of actions of certain characters – actions we were maybe too
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
If Forge of Darkness felt like an appetiser, then this is a full meal. It's meatier.

If my review of the first book highlighted its revelations, then this compounds and extends them.

If the first showed the promise of characters, this shows the actuality.

If there was too much philosophising before, now there is action. And the humour that Erikson does so, so well.

Not only that, the Eleint are here.

I read this book filled with excitement, anticipation, and not a little trepidation. Knowledge of the
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
In the last 6 or so years I have read the Malazan Fallen series twice, all of the Esslemonts and now the Kharkanos trilogy. So my reading world really hasn't had many large gaps without me being immersed in this wonderful world.

I wanted to outline the above, because reading Fall of Light is a little bit like doing a Genealogy project. I know all these people, I know what they end up doing and I kind of know where they are from. But the reality is, you really just don't comprehend how much you k
Scott  Hitchcock
Reading Malazan I always feel like I need to hibernate for a season to recover from the after effects created by the philosophy and empathetic storytelling.

If you thought Book of the Fallen was heavy on philosophy, social-economic, religious and political musing it's a mere tributary to the rushing river of Kharkanas. While I love that aspect it seems SE is making a conscious effort to avoid the action and keep it more in that thought provoking realm. It is brilliant, as always, from that aspec
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh what a world what a world. Words to describe: epic, mythic, Shakespearean. Days later I'm still in a mood from it. What a mess the Tiste have made for themselves, all because of love.

The only thing dragging this down from a 5 is much of it is internalized, philosophical, and intellectual, so my emotional state wasn't in full gear. Altho the latter part doesn't change tone, something shifted in me when I realized this is really a love story that the world is fighting against. Or maybe it was o
I found the book a bit of a slog without some of the answers I was seeking. That being said there were some fascinating insights into Anomander, Draconus and the origins of other characters. It was also clearer to see some of the implications for events in Book of the Fallen.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The way Erikson wrote the final battle scene, was pretty incredible. He's never done anything like that before - he's honestly on a completely different level to any other fantasy writer ever.

I see some say this is his weakest book, but I think it's on par with anything else he's written before apart from my personal favourites. It's just heavy on the philosophy but beautifully written (albeit tough to breakdown at times - but that's not new for Erikson fans haha). But there is so so so so so m
Fernando  Martins
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-readings
This is a 4,5 stars. Why? Because I did not care much for the last two chapters, and Erikson did something that I still don't know how to feel about it.

The first thing to realize reading this book is that you have to forget about TMBotF. As simple as that. Otherwise your expectations will not be met. And you will say this book is lame.

It's not. It's great. It's one of the best books Erikson wrote so far, actually. I read it in a month, which is a lot, considering how avid I become reading Eriks
The Crimson Fucker
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christ, I don’t even know what to say…. But here I go again for old time’s sake!

This is different… the The Kharkanas Trilogy is different from what I’m used from Erikson… is more crude I don’t think that’s the word I’m looking for but bare with me! You will not find characters that feel like your best friends or that you connect like you do with The Malazan series. But everything feels primordial (still not sure that that’s the word I’m looking for) like you walking with gods from the malazan wo
Matti Tornio
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Fall of Light is a rather disappointing book from one of my favorite authors. To begin with, it focuses on the part of the backstory that I never found particularly interesting. With a few exceptions the Tiste are my least favorite major players in the Malazan universe. The side plots with Azathanai and Hood's war on death certainly felt much more compelling to me than anything that dealt with the Tiste themselves.

Erikson's writing has always been heavy on introspection and philosophy but Fall o
Taheg Gloder
The first book may not have been amazing, but I'll still read this, just because

A: Steven doesn't have the best history with first books

B: Malazan Book of the Fallen is the best thing I've ever read.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Malazan Empire, rejoice! Erikson is back with another entry in The Kharkanas Trilogy, the prequel, if you will, to both The Malazan Book of the Fallen and Ian Esslemont's Malazan Empire. You can find y review for the first book here.

Let's get the down side out of the way first. Fall of Light suffers from the same thing its predecessor did – it is not really an independent book with the beginning, middle and end, but rather a part of a larger book. In addition, it is the middle book and,
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I imagine that many fans of this series, like myself, have been looking forward to the origin story of many of these characters. Unfortunately rather than deliver on this promise, we are given a disappointing cop-out that simply revisits tired old themes. We have 46 hours of philosophical meanderings, an entire book's build-up of a massive battle that is only summarized and not shown (a huge mistake), and still no idea how this story ties into the main Malazan world. There is no sign of how thes ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: malazan-series
I had a really hard time getting into the first half of this book. Having read the 10 MBotF pretty much back to back, reading ICE's first 5 books after that, and FoD relatively soon after that it was always a pretty smooth transition from book to book.

But waiting over a year for FoL I felt like I spent 50% of my time googling who the characters were from FoD and 50% reading... combine that with the philosophical inner musings of all the characters I was really having to push through at some poin
Oct 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I put this book down with a heavy heart. I had different expentations from it. Far different. In fact, I was beset by trepidation and anticipation when I finally had the book and could continue reading the tale. I blitzed through Forge of Darkness for the third time, loving every page and building up the anticipation to learn what befell all the characters I have been made to care about.

Instead, I found a morass of tiresome diatribes and ornate dialogue that says nothing of value, a bog of point
Tamer Abdelgawad
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Erikson's books always have a dose of inner dialog that's sometimes distracting, usually confusing, and mostly boring. But he has always more than made up for it with characters that DO things. I don't feel everything I read has to be explicitly explained - sometimes the confusion adds a sense of depth and reality to the setting, but only if the balance is right.

Not so in this book. For example, this tome largely builds up to a climactic battle that, somewhat shockingly, happens in the *backgrou
Its a great book. I will not say it is Erikson's best, but it is definitely a great book. Actually I am having some trouble comparing these books to the original ten. Since the Kharkanas books are written in a different narrative register, it often feels odd to see a familiar SE trope and then see it turn out differently.

Overall I would say there is a more meta feel to this book as SE infodumps a lot.. which again is unusual, but also the way he slides in references to MBotF feels like he is ha
Jun 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: malaz, fantasy
ou..i think...i have a heart attack...tá obálka! TÁ OBÁLKA!!!!! :O
Mayank GO
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Decent book, with some excellent chapters and inventive story telling. But don't expect an Erikson brand climax at the end.

It is the second book of the series, and continues the story from the previous book, with scope of development for the next one. For an average author, this automatically sets a reasonably timid expectation, but this is Erikson who has produced 10 books with each of those wonderful pieces on their own. In that comparison, this book falls short.

One of the reasons for that mi
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spec-fic
c2016: FWFTB: throne, brother, mountains, banners, Jheck. Damn. I normally devour these Malazan novels but, for me, this most recent episode left me bewildered and befuddled. Did actually anything happen? There were many pages that consisted of ruminations and philosophy and the dialogue was just odd. I didn't manage to find any of the storylines engaging. **sigh**. And it took forever to finish as I constantly had to look up names to remind myself of who was who (never mind the why) in the huge ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Plowed through to the end today. There were tears. The fate of a Father's justice and a Monther's love. An army's inability to delude itself. A war was begun against Death itself. Gods but this is good. Recommended.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is so very excellent if you have read the main storyline before. Even though this is a prequel, it benefits from having read the later books first, because it provides so many "wait, he's THAT GUY?"-reveals that are just great every single time.

While I was slightly underwhelmed by the finale, the whole of the book is an easy five stars for the number of epic reveals alone. The worst thing about the book is that the third book in the series is so far away that I will likely have forgott
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Words are not enough. So much revelations, but still even more questions. Depression, darkness, treachery, desperation, large amount of philosophy, but even some humour are there. My only complaint is there isn't much action, but all that around it is still good enough.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erikson never disappoints and he hasn't this time either... good that I have got a lot of books to read till his next offering comes out, and maaan, Walk In Shadow cannot come too soon :P
Jason M Waltz
This was a difficult book for me to read. As you can see by the start date, I first tried to read it as soon as it came out. Twice that month, in fact, but it just didn't click. Very not conducive to my flow then. Strikingly different and far removed from the originating MBOTF series. A new interview http://caballerodelarbolsonriente.blo... includes an insightful question about this Kharkanas series, and Steven's reply eloquently identifies the differences. I like the interviewer's suggestion of ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Somewhere early in this book, it dawns upon the loyal Malazan reader (and I count myself as one, this being the 22nd book set in this universe that I have read!) that Erikson is attempting something very different. He did warn us about this, back when he wrote Forge of Darkness. This will be a divisive book for his fandom, that much is crystal clear. So let me start with its flaws, and once the divisive is dispensed with, I'll get to the great stuff, because there is ample great stuff.

So yes, on
James Hartley
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Hmm the words somber Pathos with under pining's of logos spring to mind. Erikson is without a doubt one of the best writers I have ever had the delight of reading. And this books does indeed reflect his talent, and depths as a writer, and in this book, perhaps more than any other he has written, his philosophical musings. And while there were many an occasion that I loved the articulation of various points, it didn't have the same humor that a lot of his other works have as a counter point to wh ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The prose in this is absolutely Shakespearean.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
Did you read the Malazan Book of the Fallen and think, "I bet these books could be more tragic"? Did you wonder, "Why are the Tiste Andii even angsty? Like, they're mega powerful and basically immortal!"


Evgeni Kirilov
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had an incredibly hard time finishing this book (it took me almost 3 months, when other books of this size rarely take more than a couple of weeks). It was very heavy to read, the story felt even more disconnected than is usual for Erickson's novels, and I found many of the characters even more difficult to relate to than usually. Would recommend only to the most diehard Malazan fans.
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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 series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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