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The Bonehunters (The 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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TS Chan
The 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 woven
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 vyi
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, 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
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 introdu
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*** 5+++ ***

A buddy read with the ones who persist with the series @ BB&B! 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,
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
Scott  Hitchcock
Oh SE you treacherous bastard how I want to smack you for some of the decisions of your characters in this book. Not because it wasn't a terrific story, as good as DHG and MOI if not better, but because they elicited rage from me at the unfairness of it all. Which of course is the point and what any great author is looking for.

(view spoiler) must die soon.

(view spoiler) I don't know why (view spoiler) didn't dump
Chris Berko
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Duffy Pratt
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epics, reviewed
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
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RE-READ REVIEW: Reading this massive fucker a second time has definitely cemented it as one of my favorite entries in this series. I haven’t finished the series yet but I’m pretty sure Seven Cities is gonna stay my favorite Malazan setting/continent/arc, and thusly probably my favorite fantasy setting/continent/arc. The whole thing just oozes ancient history, unforgiving terrain, buried cities, religious fanaticism, unending strife and conflict, etc. SO. MUCH. GOOD. SHIT. The story itself was ye ...more
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
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fuga dal mondo

"Alla fine era andata come sapeva. Avevano preso sua sorella e lei, beh..non fare la codarda, ora; hai elargito l'ultimo bacio, cara ragazza.
E niente olio di durhang a cancellare i pensieri. Nel correre via, non si va mai tanto veloce, o tanto lontano, come si vorrebbe."

"Chi può dire dove stia il confine fra la verità e la miriade di pensieri che, insieme, danno forma ai ricordi? Distorciamo deliberatamente la realtà; confiniamo un vasto contenuto nelle limitazioni della necessit
It's really difficult to review a book that's this far into a series without spoiling anything but dammit, I'm going to try. The Bonehunters picks up where House of Chains left off. We meet back up with the Fourteenth Army under Adjunct Tavore's command, catch up with Karsa Orlong, and also spend some time with Ganoes Paran.

Steven Erikson still loves his duos. Karsa Orlong has a new friend in Samar Dev, a witch and scholar from Seven Cities. Samar Dev is one of the few new characters Erikson int
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 "
Twerking To Beethoven
Only few can pull off fantasy of such an epic, mind-bending scale the way Erikson does. Some get pretty close (Joe Abercrombie), but Erikson still owns the throne. I always nervously anticipate Erikson's novels, mainly because I'm always a little afraid that he can not keep up the brilliance of his previous novels. I mean, after five brilliant books you've got be thinking; can this guy churn out another one? Most authors have 2 or 3 books that really stand out, with others being merely mediocre ...more
Neo Marshkga
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Malazan Saga doesn't disappoint. EVER.
Now that we know about the Crippled Gods plans involving the Tiste Edur, we are sent again to the Continent of Seven Cities, where the rebellion is still alive.
This book is incredible in many ways, first of all, we get to know WAY more about the world, we get to see what the powerful characters are doing, and we start to understand a little bit more about what is at stake, and you can notice that things are getting more dangerous, that the stakes are hig
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The ever expanding world of Malazan has finally reached a tipping point in which we know most of the characters and their arcs are threading together into major convergences.

The world building, characters development and the prose continue to be top notch. The plot development was spectacular.

Another Malazan Book of the Fallen added to my favorites shelf.

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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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“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.”
“Show me a god that does not demand mortal suffering.
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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