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The Crippled God

(Malazan Book of the Fallen #10)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  26,717 ratings  ·  1,304 reviews
The Bonehunters march for Kolanse, led by Adjunct Tavore. This woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, will challenge the gods - if her own mutinous troops don't kill her first.

Her enemy, the Forkrul Assail, seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate everything. In the realm of Kurald Galain, home to t
Hardcover, 921 pages
Published March 21st 2011 by Bantam Press (first published February 15th 2011)
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic, masterful, and scintillating in every sense of these words; The Crippled God is an unforgettable magnum opus that concludes Steven Erikson’s genre-defining series: Malazan Book of the Fallen.

11,216 pages (Bantam paperback edition) and 3.3 million words read in exactly two months and two weeks; I’m done, it’s finally over. The entire ten-volume of Malazan Book of the Fallen has been in my TBR pile for almost two years long, and now it has been read, dusted and shelved. Erikson has raised th
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Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This is the greatest book ever written. A masterpiece in every conceivable way

I'm going to break this review down into two parts. A review of this book in particular, and a review of the series as a whole given this is the last book.

First -- this book. I cannot get over how perfect this book is, and what Steven Erikson has achieved here. All of the events of the previous books culminated into
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review now up!

I can’t believe I finally finished this series. Ten books, seven months, thousands of pages, and countless characters later here I am. Wondering how long it will take me before I re-read this series. I know I just finished it, but after spending so many months reading it I find myself out of my routine. I want to march the Chain of Dogs with Coltaine again, I want to fight the Pannion Domin with the Bridgeburners at Coral, and witness the Bonehunters at Y’Ghatan and Malaz City
TS Chan
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malazan, favorites
The Crippled God is a breathtaking conclusion to an outstanding series; Malazan Book of the Fallen is a masterpiece of its genre and has affirmed its place as my favourite epic grimdark fantasy series.

The Crippled God didn't leave much room for breathers and I am sure this is the least amount of time I've spent finishing a novel in this series - the exception being Gardens of the Moon, which is the shortest book by far. I will also not spend much time relating about this final instalment, save t
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: malazan, fantasy
‘The Bonehunters march alone, leaking blood with every step.’

There are so many bloody memorable lines in this book I need to collect them somewhere. Combined, they read like a movie trailer!

‘In that Malazan Book of the Fallen, the historians will write of our suffering, and they will speak of it as the suffering of those who served the Crippled God. As something … fitting. And for our seeming fanaticism they will dismiss all that we were, and think only of what we achieved. Or failed to achi
Scott  Hitchcock

I started a new job right about the time I finished Dust of Dreams which was 13 months ago. With time constraints personally and professionally, not to mention Covid, I just didn't have the energy required for Malazan for a long time. I'm glad I finished up the re-read but something was definitely lost in waiting so long between books. People who were reading these before all the books were published must have struggled mightily with this.
First read

Almost a year later and t
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
And the journey ends. It's been a long one,after 10 books 9000 pages it's hard to say goodbye but like every Erikson's ending last pages of The Crippled god where epic and satisfying. It's impossible to say something about last book without spoilers so I won't. This will be review of the whole series.

My journey started rough. Initially I DNF-ed first book @50%. It was because of enthusiasm of my GR friend Molly (sadly she hasn't been fully active in long time now) that I decided to give this se
Mayim de Vries
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Chapter 24: Only the fallen can rise again.* May, but this series has fallen (and none of the epilogues changed that).

Chapter 23: Oh no. What do you mean "DIFFERENT TOES?!" You just rendered a couple of hundreds of pages an entirely meaningless waste of time on my part. Seriously. If I quit now, nobody is going to blame me.

Chapter 22: Guess what, I can see the light at the end of this tunnel!

Chapter 21: Tavore Paran, let it be known that you are the only reason for my perseverance.

Chapter 20
James Tivendale
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, malazan
Simple review. If you have gotten this far you do not need an introduction. If you have made it this far then you do not want me to spoil the plot. People have analysed that the ending of the series is weak. I completely disagree. This is up there with Deadhouse Gates, Memories Of Ice and Midnight Tides. Everything is written perfectly. Poetic. I cared about all the point of view characters. Even the storylines I did not care about too much in the prior instalment Dust Of Dreams, such as the Sha ...more
Michael Britt
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"And now the page before us blurs. An age is done. The book must close."

Wow, all things considered, that was the best ending I could've hoped for for a series so tragic. I'll share my thoughts on this book and then the series as a whole. Keeping it spoiler free, per usual.

After the slow pace of Dust of Dreams, this installment seemed more fast paced than the other books. I think going in with low expectations helped, as well. Even though we didnt get resolution on everything, we still got closu
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, 2022-tbr
I started reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen just over four years ago, so finishing the final book of this ten volume epic is kind of a big deal for me. It's been a big part of my life in fact and it's odd to be at the end even though I know there are plenty more to go.

So you can imagine this series has had quite the impact on my life. When I go through my books to see which ones to sell or give away I call it "culling the nobility." It's pervasive. :) (wait, are emoticons allowed in Malazan
Deborah Obida
Trust me when I say this will be the biggest the world has ever seen, bigger even than the chaining of the Crippled God.

There are too many rogue players in this game. Icarium. Draconus. The First Sword of the T’lan Imass. Olar Ethil, Silchas Ruin, Tulas Shorn, Kilava – even Gruntle, the Mortal Sword of Treach. And now the Eleint, and how many dragons have come or are coming through the gate? A hundred? A thousand? Oh, and the Elder Gods: Errastas, the past Master of the Tiles, and Kilmandaros
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not going to say too much about this final instalment of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Mostly because I've prattled on long enough in my previous 9 reviews about all the reasons why this is such a great series. If you have made it to this 10th book chances are you already know about them as well! I do think The Crippled God was a satisfying conclusion to the series and that on the whole Malazan is one of the two true epics the fantasy genre has to offer. The other series being WoT a ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-grim
I can't give anything but a 5 ***** rating for the whole series!!!

"... “Nostalgia was like a disease, one that crept in and stole the colour from the world and the time you lived in. Made for bitter people. Dangerous people, when they wanted back what never was.”...

However, this was one of the most difficult on my psyche read I have ever embarked on... And I recommend it to every adult out there... !

"... “Against a broken heart, even absurdity falters.
Because words fall away.
A dialogue
Jenna Kathleen
Wow. Just wow. It took me a long time to get to this point, but it was so worth it. I can't say much about the book itself because I would just have to mark the whole review as a spoiler, but what I will say is Erikson has truly created a masterpiece.

Having so many characters and plot-lines makes it really difficult to tie together, and sometimes authors flop at the end or just never finish. Erikson is not one of those authors. He has one of the largest worlds, if not the largest, in fantasy fi
David Sven
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy, fantasy

Reread Review

Some six months after reading this book the first time I, along with some other hardcore Malazan veterans, with a lot of virgin Malazan readers in tow undertook the epic task of rereading the entire Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Sixteen months later here we are, finished again. Well done.

I'm not going to change my initial review of the book itself because I feel what I have already written(below) is sufficient for that purpose. What I really want to comment on is the experi
Chris Berko
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There were three different times in the last forty pages where I was emarrassingly sobbing. Thank god I was home alone and avoided having to explain myself to people that don't read. Explaining the impact of this stunning conclusion to those that need their entertainment spoon fed to them is beyond my capacity. That may sound judgemental but I try to expalin books to friends and they look at me like I'm crazy, they just don't get it. But you guys get it, and for that I'm grateful.
As others have
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What's three and a half million words between friends? It's a long journey that has been worth every step. This is epic fantasy at it's most awe-inspiring. I knew after the first couple of books in this series that it would easily become my number one fantasy series of all time. For a long time, A Song of Ice and Fire has held that mantle. This series sweep my long-time favourite into the dust. The series had everything, epic battles, characters, locations, continents and magic system that a rea ...more
Stefan Bach
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I have enjoyed our long conversation. What's three and a half million words between friends?"

Dragons! Dragons everywhere! Magnificent ending of the best EF series that ever was and ever will be.
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been 6 months, 10 books, 8,000+ pages and 3.3 million words...The Malazan Book of the Fallen was worth it. I loved, I laughed, I cried...every book in this series was amazing. I feel that no other series will ever measure up to this. It's a world I have been obsessed with. I'm already wanting to reread all of it. These lines from the Never Ending Story sum up perfectly how I feel now that it's over.

If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you mus
Jake Bishop
What an end to a series. Like most endings to giant series I don't think its perfect, perfection is not possible. However considering how much there was to wrap up it is about as damm good as I can see it being.

Also I have never gone from not caring about a plot line, to it being one of my favorites faster.

Also I just need to add something.

The Watch

Jun 12, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here ends my year long journey through Malazan Book of the Fallen. It was an experience. One I'll one day revisit. It was a good ending. ...more
Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
"Who are you? I know who you are. What have you done? You have stayed with me since the very beginning. Soldiers, hear me! This day is already lost to history, and all that happens here shall remain for ever unknown. On this day, you are unwitnessed. You are the Unwitnessed, but I have seen what you see. I have felt what you feel. And I am as much a stranger to history as any of you."

The Crippled God as the final conclusion to this mind-bending, stellar tome of a series wrapped events and ch
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Standing ovation, bow,...grovel.
I wish I could thank Steven Erikson for writing this series. It is exactly what I have been searching for. Heroic fantasy for your brain.
I can however thank those of you here on goodreads. For some reason I had never heard of these books until I joined. And I might never have on my own. My book shelf would have remained incomplete. I'm serious. I have been reading fantasy for a long time and have seen favorites come and go. Truthfully I've been a little
Neo Marshkga
When you pick up a book, you want to experience a story. When you pick up a High Fantasy saga, you want to be transported into another world, a fantastic world, and you want to submerge yourself in it.
Normally, when reading Dark/Grimdark Fantasy, you don't expect the book to make you cry... but Malazan does. It keeps hitting you in the ground until you cry, it gives you a moment of freedom, so you can experience happiness and cry because of it... and then it proceeds with kicking you some more.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.

This is my best book in the series. This is probably the best book i've ever read. I loved it all the way through. The battle scenes were on another level. I have scenes in this book that will stick with me for a very long time. I'll say Erikson ended the series on a high, resolving subplots that have been weaving since the beginning and trying to mix in some happy endings here and there.
To me, this series as a whole sits on
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
3/2 WHERE THE HELL IS MY COPY? Was shipped 2/23 from Book Depository, I want it now I NEED it now I'M DYING I can't read anything else, do anything else *SOB*

3/5 IT'S HERE, OMG, see ya all in a week!

Finito! Well, he did it. Steven Erikson gave us an utterly satisfactory conclusion to this massive series that has had me obsessed for years now. Bravo. I can't really say anything else right now, I am still digesting everything. It turned the past nihilism on it's ass! My only complaint right now is
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
Just like life, all good things must come to an end. I finished reading the tenth, and final, volume in Steven Erikson's amazing series, "A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen." The tenth book is entitled, The Crippled God and is really the second half of the conclusion of the series that was started in the ninth book, Dust of Dreams. If you're going to read The Crippled God, and if it has been some time since you last read Dust of Dreams, I'd strongly urge you to pick it up and re-read it ag ...more
The Crippled God is the 10th and final book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series (the main series, anyway). The Crippled God continues the theme of Toll the Hounds and Dust of Dreams: a lot of internal monologues and philosophizing. I frequently found myself bored. I actually ended up skimming entire sections, which is pretty rare for me. Erikson's writing is still great but it wasn't enough to keep me interested.

The first few chapters are just checking up on various characters. I was keen f
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad this diarrhea of the pen can be flushed out of my life. So many problems with the whole series continued right through to the last book. The unknowable forces behind the scenes remained unknowable, while the story fixated on the mostly uninteresting little people being pushed and pulled around the edges. I get that's what he was going for, and that's the point. But at least make those little people distinguishable and worth caring about. Instead they get page after page complaining ...more
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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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  • Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
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  • 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)
  • The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #6)
  • 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)

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“And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.
We are abandoned to history.
Raise high one more time the tattered standard
Of the Fallen. See through the drifting smoke
To the dark stains upon the fabric.
This is the blood of our lives, this is the
Payment of our deeds, all soon to be
We were never what people could be.
We were only what we were.

Remember us.”
“You stand before a god! Speak your eloquence for all posterity. Be Profound!"
"Profound ... huh." Temper was silent for a long moment, studying the cobbles of the alley mouth. And then he lifted his helmed head faced Shadowthrone, and said "Fuck off.”
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