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The Bonehunters

(Malazan Book of the Fallen #6)

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The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha'ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y'Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire's greatest champion Dassem Ultor was slain and a tide of Mala ...more
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Published April 2nd 2007 by Bantam (first published April 4th 2006)
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Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic fantasy fans
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Brilliant is an understatement, The Bonehunters is a leviathan of a masterpiece in convergence.

With this installment, Steven Erikson has cemented himself as an irreplaceable author for the genre of epic and military fantasy. This is already the sixth book in the series and it’s simply unbelievable how he was able to keep producing such an amazing book. I thought Memories of Ice would end up being the absolute best in
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Malazan Book of the Fallen really hit its stride coming into its sixth chapter of this massive tale. However, now that we have moved past the midway point of the series, it will get more and more difficult to compose a review without giving away too much. As such, you may see the length of these reviews getting shorter as I progress towards the finale.

Firstly, I have to say that in The Bonehunters, Erikson started to reveal a larger picture of the intricate tapestry that he has so masterfully wo
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
*** 5+++ ***

A buddy read with the ones who persist with the series @ BBB! Because we love us some crazy!!!

This is so unfair! How the heck do you write a review for a mega book like this? No way can you go into the plot, because it is a convergence of dozens of story arcs, colliding, exploding and continuing in new configurations from here on. You also could not name names, because that would be a spoiler too, in this world where characters survive impossible situations, rename themselves, are re
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, fantasy, malazan
"A war is coming. Only a few years away. And it will, I suspect, draw into its fray virtually every ascendant from all the realms."

This sixth book seems to be a full convergence of all the important characters and plotlines of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Seven Cities, Malaz City and the Letherii Empire; the former Bridgeburners, the remnant of the Fourteenth Army and the Apocalypse, all the greatest and most cunning ascendants and generals. Icarium, Trull Sengar and Karsa Orlong. They are al
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review now posted!

When you reach a certain point in a large series it’s hard not to be repetitive in your reviews. Not about the specific book you are reviewing, but your thoughts and what you enjoyed about it. So, bear with me if this looks like I plagiarized myself from a previous review.

“As with all things, layer settles upon layer, and in time the deepest, darkest ones become forgotten – yet they have shaped all that lies above”

HOLY SHIT! This book was amazing. The Bonehunters is v
Deborah Obida
Never bargain with a man who has nothing to lose.

Its official, this series is now my favourite series, it keeps getting better with each book. This book even surpassed MOI, my former favourite in the series. Here we are reunited with the old characters that we know and love, with some new ones. The events in this book happened after HoC and MT, finally a normal succession. There is no shortage if race or religion in this book, this book is so diverse and the female characters are as great a
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was another fantastic instalment in the Malazan series. This series is definitely one of the very best! It had all the usual stuff that makes the Malazan books such an exciting read. Fantastic world building, a complex plot, a huge cast of characters each with their own set of motivations and goals, an incredibly cool magic system, fantastic action scenes featuring battles that were both mundane and sorcerous in nature, dragons, demons, strange non-human creatures, and a whole bunch of medd ...more
Stefan Bach
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"And so we weep for the fallen. We weep for those yet to fall.
And in war the screams are loud and harsh and in peace the wail is so drawn-out we tell ourselves we hear nothing."

Can a sixth book in the series have a 'second book syndrome'?
Syndrome where book serves as a bridge we need to cross in order for the story, plot and characters to move forward? A bridge from introduction in the first book towards final conclusion?

Considering how three out of five books so far were a constant intro
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
It's hard to know what to say when you first put the book down.

This instalment fights hard to be the best of the series, it is in my top 3 without doubt. There's enough epic drama going on that another author could have made a 10 book series out of the events it contains. The fall of Y'Ghatan should have been enough to crush any normal writer, but no...Erikson uses it as a handy mid season finale. Other BIG THINGS (no spoilers) include: my serious crush on Cotillion being deepened in to true lov
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Best one so far.

Erikson is getting better and better as writer, he was always great storyteller he is getting better in other spheres as well. We seen that in Midnight tides which as much better pace, great worldbuilding and more balanced PoVs and now we see it in more familiar setting.

Again backbone of this book are interesting character and they are better than ever.Some of my favorites:

Ganoes Paran has finally accepted what he is become and we are seeing different face of him. More determined
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, malazan
'Aye,' he said in a rasp, 'we went hunting… through the bones of the damned city. And then we crawled outa that grave.'

The Adjunct's gaze left the ragged man, traveled slowly, along the line, the gaunt faces, the deathly eyes staring out from dust-caked faces. 'Bonehunters in truth, then.' She paused, then said 'Welcome back, soldiers.'

Another really strong installment in this series. The return of a load of my favourite characters with loads of really cool developments in the world and plot
Scott  Hitchcock

It is hard to improve on perfection but this was even better on reread. I'm able to enjoy the prose and pick out little nuances that I missed the first time around. Knowing the big picture and end game you see crumbs cast long before you did the first time.

The first time through it was hard to choose between Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, The Crippled God and this book. I still have TCG to reread but this on reread is the best of those three titans.

The Deck of Dragon readings in parti
Mayim de Vries
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Epilogue: You think the hunt has ended? The true one is only beginning now and is clearly transcends puny things like ascendants, empires and the bones of power they fight over.*

Chapter 24: Dear me, I can breath now. for a while at least.

Chapter 23: The things that can happen on the Malaz Isle in one night. This single chapter was so much better than the whole Night of Knives. (And you tell this surly bitch, Adjunct!)

Chapter 22: Never play games with Fiddler. He makes up the rules as he goes.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Holy hell, Batman, what a book!

This is the book where things start to get going. The basis has been laid, the necessary history lessons have passed the revue and now we really get to it. The whole story was fast paced with quick POV changes that usually only show up around the climax. There were so many climaxes in this book, so many great scenes, the punches kept on coming, battle after battle, from large scale to one on one.

5 stars to the nth power (Malazan is in a class of its own).
Michael Britt
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm not really sure how much I can say without spoiling the book, so this will probably be a short review. We'll see.

I stated this all throughout my updates, but this is by far the best book in the series, so far. Up til this point, Memories of Ice was the only time that we've had more than a few characters come back. So it was awesome to see such a huge cast of characters that we're so familiar with make a comeback. For one, it helped the story be less confusing. Although, after Memories of Ic
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Jenna Kathleen
I'm a little sad that I only have 4 books of the main series left - I never want to leave Malaz.

After Midnight Tides, I was so happy to see some familiar faces again. I still loved the 5th book, but this was an extra level of epic to return to the characters I love after some awesome worldbuilding in book 5.

Cotillion is one of the best characters who doesn't even show up that much, but you know he's always working behind the scenes and when he does appear, you can't put the book down.

I love Gan
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves

So happy to have finished this up! It's the longest book I've read EVER I believe.
I have a lot of thoughts to sort through before I review this so my review will follow very soon.
Suffice to say it was very very good!


So, this book is the book which I was a little intimidated by when I saw the size and this coming from someone who read a LOT of very big books. It's a whopping 1,200 pages, and much as I love the Malazan characters and world I did find
Chris Berko
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My favorite one in the series so far, so much going on. This one was the most "cinematic" for me. Erikson does such a great job with large scale and small scale fighting, I never have to reread fist-to-fist more up close personal scenes or the longer wider battles and he keeps the shit believable. I have a nine year old nephew who is reading Harry Potter right now and I was saying today I can't wait for him to get a little older so I can introduce him to these gems. Beyond amazing storytelling t ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Erikson is Brilliant.
These books keep getting better and better. I think at the end of Bonehunters you really start to grasp how Epic this tale is, and why it can never be matched. The character development was superbly done and as usual different plots converge in the end into arguably the best climax i've read so far, i mean i held my breath for three chapters straight, it was intense and very rewarding.
some notable characters: Cotillion, he was amazing. Ganoes Paran, Fiddler, Kalam/Quick Ben
Duffy Pratt
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
10/10/11 - This series keeps getting better. This book doesn't work as a standalone novel, but that's not too surprising in a book for number six in an ongoing saga. Rather, this one felt to me like two novels in one. First, there is the baptism by fire of the Bonehunters. And then second, there is the Return of the 14th Army to Malaz Island. Both of these sections stand up with anything already in the series.

GRR Martin got famous by killing off a beloved character. He did it once, and since th
Robin (Bridge Four)
Okay I finished this quite awhile ago and I never wrote a review because I have no idea how to.

So much happens and there are so many story arcs, lines and characters that I seriously had a hard time keeping up. What I can say is that again people I really liked died :(, people I really hated lived and there was not a happy ending for anyone in the story.

I think I lost interest a little in the middle of this book. It really isn't the books fault all the stories are just so dense and full details
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
One of the best Malazan books so far. This is the first book from the series which has a very gripping middle part. Finally no new races, places, characters in the beginning; it jumps right in the middle of action. My only minor complain: people still wander around the desert aimlessly (what is it about the holy desert Raraku that makes people do so?). Mercifully, it takes a small part of the book. My (fairly) major complain: one of the characters died an almost meaningless death almost being a ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

The Bonehunters is a perfect addition to the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. This is the sixth story of the series and a very heavy one. It is literally huge and comes in at over 1200 pages in length (paperback). It is also very heavy due to its complexity. This book would not work as a standalone and is elevated by how well it brings the previous novels into this one. Difficult does not even begin to describe it.

I found myself torn over and over again between feeling exhilarated and
David Sven
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
I could again go into great length about how Erikson brings his world to life in deep and detailed world building, or how the reread of each of the Malazan books is a vastly superior experience to the initial read given the density of information that is missed on round one – but it gets a little repetitive after book six as far as reviews go and if you have got this far you are probably already in love with the series anyway. So I’ll try and stick to some of the basics of plot and theme for tho ...more
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's useless. I keep intending to take a break between these and read something else that I've been eagerly anticipating, but the fact of the matter is I'm addicted to this series. And it's all I want to read. So why deny myself?

Finally finished! I haven't had much reading time this whole past month, and I have been so so frustrated, because this is such a marvelous addition that continues to satisfy and feed my obsession with this series. Also, it does meander a bit in the middle so it's not as
Click, clack is the sound of the bones I've bound to my hair. Clack, click is the sound of the bones on my clothes. As I march in tune with my fellow Fallen, I hear Fiddler's song chime on the wind. With tears in my eyes I move forward through ever-changing warrens of grief and wonder and magic. I'll follow the Adjunct now, whereever she leads us, however the opposition, cause I'm one of hers now. A Bonehunter.

Oh, the things I've seen in the past months. I saw the soldiers from Genabackis united
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epics, reviewed, fantasy
As much as I made fun of the previous book, Midnight Tides, as being the quintessential Malazan book (huge new cast of characters, place we had never been to before, time period before the main arc, etc.), The Bonehunters struck me as a very conventional, but still quite excellent, novel. We returned to see many, many familiar faces from past books. It was so strange recognize just about every main character, know what was going on, and understand the dynamics of their respective situations. Lik ...more
3.75 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) Badass stuff.

When this book was good, it was fantastic. When not as good, it was like a big, long
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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.

Other books in the series

Malazan Book of the Fallen (10 books)
  • Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
  • Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)
  • Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
  • House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
  • Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
  • Reaper's Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #7)
  • Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8)
  • Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)
  • The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)

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“There is something profoundly cynical, my friends, in the notion of paradise after death. The lure is evasion. The promise is excusative. One need not accept responsibility for the world as it is, and by extension, one need do nothing about it. To strive for change, for true goodness in this mortal world, one must acknowledge and accept, within one's own soul, that this mortal reality has purpose in itself, that its greatest value is not for us, but for our children and their children. To view life as but a quick passage alone a foul, tortured path – made foul and tortured by our own indifference – is to excuse all manner of misery and depravity, and to exact cruel punishment upon the innocent lives to come.

I defy this notion of paradise beyond the gates of bone. If the soul truly survives the passage, then it behooves us – each of us, my friends – to nurture a faith in similitude: what awaits us is a reflection of what we leave behind, and in the squandering of our mortal existence, we surrender the opportunity to learn the ways of goodness, the practice of sympathy, empathy, compassion and healing – all passed by in our rush to arrive at a place of glory and beauty, a place we did not earn, and most certainly do not deserve.”
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Show me a god that celebrates diversity, a celebration that embraces even non-believers, and is not threatened by them.
Show me a god that understands the meaning of peace. In life, not in death.”
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