- Mass Market Paperback: 1280 pages
- Publisher: RHUK (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553824805
- ISBN-13: 978-0553824803
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 5.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dust of Dreams: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 9 Mass Market Paperback – 27 May 2010
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In war everyone loses. This brutal truth can be seen in the eyes of every soldier in every world.
On Letherii, the exiled Malazan army prepares to march into the eastern Wastelands to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen. The fate that lies in wait for the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for - and one no mortal soul can withstand. Their foe is uncertainty and stubborn courage the only weapon worth wielding.
They are resolved to make a defiant and heroic last stand in the name of redemption but can deeds be heroic when there is no one to witness them? And can that which is not witnessed change the world? Destinies are rarely simple, truths never clear. The only certainty is that time is on no-one's side - for the Deck of Dragons has been read, unleashing a power that none can comprehend.
And so, in a faraway land and beneath indifferent skies, the penultimate chapter in the awesome Malazan Book of the Fallen begins. . .
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In this book we have stories of bone hunters who are traveling to wastelands,we have the barghast whom we met in reapar's gale then the shake of lethar and a completely new story of snake which you will come to know after you have read the book.There are also major gods in this book like kilamandros and errant and a few we met last time in dragnipur.
The weakest part of the book was definitely the white face barghast, the story was just a drag for me because i was definitely not interested in some clan which we met in <b>memories of ice</b> and all their internal squabbles, this was also disgusting part of the book with long paragraphs related to rape, although this story was important as we saw transformation of one major character from being compassionate to a vengeful killer but i definitely thought this could have been like 60% edited.
The shake story was another drag for me because what did SE wanted to convey many times was just a mystery to me, because in few chapters he said that shake were of one origin and then the next chapter itself he said that they were of different origin it just kept on confusing me, also as these characters were introduced too late in the series i did not care much about these characters or whatever journey they were undertaking, also i did not get how this was connected to the whole picture?.
We also had imass in this book and most cooked up part of the story was this, i think introducing a deux machina type character by SE was the killer blow to this book because i had a perception of imass that they were strong willed people and the ritual they took undertook was due to some principles inbuilt into them, but the SE by introducing that character has completely made the imass story hard to believe.Also deux machina character seems far fetched to me it was too little to late for me regarding this character because 8 books into the series and we have no clue about this charcter and bam in the 9th book we have that character.
The bonehunters malazan marines also went into philosophical meanderings, philosophical meanderings are ok with me if the story keeps on moving forward as it did in <b>toll the hounds</b> but here the characters are just stuck in their own memories without adding anything concrete to the story, we know from previous malazan books that war is a thing in which both the victor and loser suffer on the same level, but how many times we are going to get that futility of war with story stuck at the same place.The most frustrating part was they seem to follow a character called tavore paran whom we have no idea about like what her aspirations are, and what finally does she want to do and why is she behaving the way she is.Tavore is a mystery character to me and we are given like 0% insight into her inner thoughts.
I think this book could have been cut down up to like 60% because half the characters to which we are introduced in this book are the one which we do not care about, what i actually hoped for was to get some answers or some resolve some plots, but the author just kept on introducing new characters and new story lines which did not add to the story and did not resolve some basic questions in the series like for example what is a azath?, how do warrens the magic system work?.
The saving grace of the book was definitely the last two chapters in the book where we had some awesome battle scenes and that is why i have added another star for this book otherwise i would have given it one star rating.I am definitely disappointed with this book in the series and hope <b>Crippled god</b> is not like this.
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