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Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen Series #9)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

fans of the saga will enjoy the set-up as Steven Erikson seems ready to end the epic on a high note

East of the Letherii Empire lies the Wastelands and the Glass desert where Malazan 14the Army Commander Adjunct Tavore leads her troops, the Bonehunters into exile. Joining them on their excursion is the Letherii imperial legions under the command of Brys Beddict. Ex...
East of the Letherii Empire lies the Wastelands and the Glass desert where Malazan 14the Army Commander Adjunct Tavore leads her troops, the Bonehunters into exile. Joining them on their excursion is the Letherii imperial legions under the command of Brys Beddict. Expected to meet them are the Perish Grey Helms and Khundryl Burned Tears, but they are betrayed as they try to cross the Kingdom of Bolkando at the same time on the Ar'kryn plains while the Barghast White Face clans deal with treachery from within also. While all this military movement and treachery occurs, the Shake seeks their ancestral home the First Shore, which will cause an ancient reawakening.

As these various races of mortals and ascendants come together, the sky is on fire. Also as the heavens seem under a growing inferno, a god has escaped imprisonment to return to regain his lost power spreading Darkness over the continent. The allies know they go to war to die as the enemy is much more powerful, but ironically though they bravely face their mortality, each knows they fight to protect an empire that has exiled them.

This is the first of the a two part climax to the Malazan Book of the Fallen saga and though much of reaching the finish line will be in the last half, Dust of Dreams has plenty of action including a superb cliffhanger. There is the usual too much internal introspection by seemingly a zillion of the quadrillion cast, which makes keeping score as always complicated and convoluted. Still fans of the saga will enjoy the set-up as Steven Erikson seems ready to end the epic on a high note if the quality level of first part of the final duology is held up in part two.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on January 28, 2010

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I really hope this book is a set up to an amazing finish

There is barely any dialogue in this book; it's all philosophy and scene description. Furthermore the dialogue that does happen is so disjointed that you can't tell which character is saying what. I think I see what the author is trying to accomplish, but his writing ...
There is barely any dialogue in this book; it's all philosophy and scene description. Furthermore the dialogue that does happen is so disjointed that you can't tell which character is saying what. I think I see what the author is trying to accomplish, but his writing style comes off as sloppy, and poorly organized in this book.

This book has been such a downer I'm not sure if I'll finish the series. After 8 books of reading the author wax philosophic, I'm a little afraid that it's how the series will end.

posted by Soutpaw on July 22, 2011

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    tense, good stuff.

    as a part 1 of 2 the book doesn't feel encapsulated as the others but it does a great job of "set-up". It's meticulous but you probably wouldn't be this far into the series if you didn't enjoy the writing style. Story leaves the reader tense throughout. very good stuff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    I really hope this book is a set up to an amazing finish

    There is barely any dialogue in this book; it's all philosophy and scene description. Furthermore the dialogue that does happen is so disjointed that you can't tell which character is saying what. I think I see what the author is trying to accomplish, but his writing style comes off as sloppy, and poorly organized in this book.

    This book has been such a downer I'm not sure if I'll finish the series. After 8 books of reading the author wax philosophic, I'm a little afraid that it's how the series will end.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    And The Epic Goes On...

    Anyone who read the previous novels in the Malazan series won't be disappointed by its ninth installment - but a word of advice: if you haven't read the preceding novels don't even consider picking this up because it will make no sense to someone unfamiliar with history of the characters. As always, Erikson's writing is epic in its scale, with a plot that is never predictable, and the characters are real in their flaws and (relative) humanity, making for a thrilling read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    It does not let you down...

    3/4 of the way through, but I know enough to say it is typical Erickson. You will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    love this series

    Great book, for those who have read the first 8 you'll definitely recognize the constant jumping back and forth to different yet intertwined plot lines. Was a little difficult to remember who certain characters that haven't been mentioned in 3 or 4 books were but didn't affect the read too much. Almost leaves you with a cliffhanger, basically just can't wait for book 10 after reading this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

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    fans of the saga will enjoy the set-up as Steven Erikson seems ready to end the epic on a high note

    East of the Letherii Empire lies the Wastelands and the Glass desert where Malazan 14the Army Commander Adjunct Tavore leads her troops, the Bonehunters into exile. Joining them on their excursion is the Letherii imperial legions under the command of Brys Beddict. Expected to meet them are the Perish Grey Helms and Khundryl Burned Tears, but they are betrayed as they try to cross the Kingdom of Bolkando at the same time on the Ar'kryn plains while the Barghast White Face clans deal with treachery from within also. While all this military movement and treachery occurs, the Shake seeks their ancestral home the First Shore, which will cause an ancient reawakening.

    As these various races of mortals and ascendants come together, the sky is on fire. Also as the heavens seem under a growing inferno, a god has escaped imprisonment to return to regain his lost power spreading Darkness over the continent. The allies know they go to war to die as the enemy is much more powerful, but ironically though they bravely face their mortality, each knows they fight to protect an empire that has exiled them.

    This is the first of the a two part climax to the Malazan Book of the Fallen saga and though much of reaching the finish line will be in the last half, Dust of Dreams has plenty of action including a superb cliffhanger. There is the usual too much internal introspection by seemingly a zillion of the quadrillion cast, which makes keeping score as always complicated and convoluted. Still fans of the saga will enjoy the set-up as Steven Erikson seems ready to end the epic on a high note if the quality level of first part of the final duology is held up in part two.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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