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Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson
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Feb 13, 2013

really liked it

In the Forge of Darkness, Steven Erikson takes us into the past of the books set in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. He shares a beginning of the Tiste Andii (I feel like quoting the opening lines of any Wheel of Time books), one that echoes throughout the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Steven Erikson weaves an ancient form of storytelling in this book. While reading it, I imagined I've picked up the a book parallel to the Odessey of his world. The dialogue is epic, the characters are larger than life, and the repercussions echo throughout his world's time.

Erikson uses the point of view of many unknown characters as they observe the actions of legendary ones. This only heightens the draw and mystery of these well known names, instead of frustrating our need to know more. We observe Anomander Drake, Andarist, Silchas Ruin, Caladon Brood, and Draconus. We learn more of Mother Dark, both her divine nature and her fragile mortal one.

Any fan of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series will love this book.

What may discourage some readers is the same thing that makes his writing great. Everything is grand. Every character possesses the faculty to observe and reflect, drawing conclusions heavy with philosophy and cumbersome in meaning. This book is not meant to be read fast. Take it slow, appreciate the endless similes and metaphors, drink in the description, and chew on the fat that is the story itself.

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Reading Progress

February 13, 2013 – Started Reading
February 13, 2013 – Shelved
February 13, 2013 –
April 21, 2013 –
April 30, 2013 – Finished Reading

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