The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen Series #10)

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Savaged by the K’Chain Nah’Ruk, the Bonehunters march for Kolanse, where waits an unknown fate.  Tormented by questions, the army totters on the edge of mutiny, but Adjunct Tavore will not relent.  One final act remains, if it is in her power, if she can hold her army together, if the shaky allegiances she has forged can survive all that is to come.  A woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, Tavore Paran of House Paran means ...

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Overview

Savaged by the K’Chain Nah’Ruk, the Bonehunters march for Kolanse, where waits an unknown fate.  Tormented by questions, the army totters on the edge of mutiny, but Adjunct Tavore will not relent.  One final act remains, if it is in her power, if she can hold her army together, if the shaky allegiances she has forged can survive all that is to come.  A woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, Tavore Paran of House Paran means to challenge the gods – if her own troops don’t kill her first.

Awaiting Tavore and her allies are the Forkrul Assail, the final arbiters of humanity.  Drawing upon an alien power terrible in its magnitude, they seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate every human, every civilization, in order to begin anew.  They welcome the coming conflagration of slaughter, for it shall be of their own devising, and it pleases them to know that, in the midst of the enemies gathering against them, there shall be betrayal.

In the realm of Kurald Galain, home to the long lost city of Kharkanas, a mass of refugees stand upon the First Shore.  Commanded by Yedan Derryg, the Watch, they await the breaching of Lightfall, and the coming of the Tiste Liosan.  This is a war they cannot win, and they will die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects.

Elsewhere, the three Elder Gods, Kilmandaros, Errastas and Sechul Lath, work to shatter the chains binding Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, from her eternal prison. Once freed, she will rise as a force of devastation, and against her no mortal can stand. At the Gates of Starvald Demelain, the Azath House sealing the portal is dying. Soon will come the Eleint, and once more, there will be dragons in the world.

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Steven Erikson fans couldn't be happier: The bow-tying final installment of his wildly praised Book of the Fallen series has arrived. Numerous conflagrations and plot surprises await us in this masterfully woven epic of ancient times. A paperback original. (Something to remember: Erikson's series has generated a viral sensation on the web. One reviewer enthused, "Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.")

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Praise for The Malazan Book of the Fallen

"Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics." —Salon.com  

“Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.”

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“Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin…Utterly engrossing.”—Elizabeth Haydon

“A multilayered tale of magic and war, loyalty and betrayal.  Complexly drawn characters occupy a richly detailed world in this panoramic saga.”—Library Journal

“This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy.”—Glen Cook

“The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more.”—Stephen R. Donaldson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765348876
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1200
  • Sales rank: 92,165
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including Dust of Dreams, Toll the Hounds and Reaper’s Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    will enjoy the climax once Steven Erikson starts the final days

    What is left of the Bonehunters Army of the Malazan Empire is a battered unit who were devastated by the Chain Nah'Ruk. Their resolute leader Adjunct Tavore Paran knows the morale of her soldiers is mutinous as most want to go home to die. However, though she expects treachery and assassination from within, she relentlessly marches on with one last prayer that she hopes grasps victory from certain defeat.

    She understands humanity has to prevent the pandemic annihilation by the Forkrul Assail Elder Gods, who plan species cleansing through the liberation of Korabas the Otataral Dragon. The only chance Paran and company have resides with another deity. Paran and her army must liberate The Forgotten God, imprisoned by the Elder Gods for over 15,000 millennia. The Adjunct like the Watch expect to die, as Paran knows even if they somehow succeed to free the Crippled God, they still have no binds to control the enraged deity.

    Although it behooves the newcomer to have read the decade in the making ten book saga, at a minimum the audience needs to peruse the previous tale (see The Dust of Dreams) as that is the pre-set up (The Crippled God has a lengthy set-up anyway) to the ending novel. Loaded with action, fans will enjoy the climax once Steven Erikson starts the final days. Once again the theme is a person's heart as symbolized by courageous Paran who offers nothing to make her an extemporary leader except her soul. She and her everyman soldiers, though they will be forgotten by history as no minstrels will recall their names, are the heroes of the wars declared by elder armchair leaders.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

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    Expect to shed a few tears...

    This tenth and final novel in the series (Malazan Book of the Fallen) was unbelievable. If you've made it this far in the series, then I don't think you'll be disappointed. Steven Erikson has woven a truly heartbreaking tale. There were times when I had to set it down, and just...think. My best advice is to just read it, and watch the story slowly unfold.

    I think it wraps up the series nicely. 5 stars. Thank you, Mr. Erikson!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Don't dismiss it too quickly...

    I noticed some other review rating it at around 3 stars and it appears that because it is so much to handle, many people either have a hard time understanding the plot or think its too long winded. if you re-read the series(a daunting task, I know)and then read this book you get more of the big picture and a sense of climax than if its been a while since you read the last book. Anyways just give it an honest effort before you really make up your mind about it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    Good book

    It's a good book but long. The different stories that he tells in this one may be a bit too many because by the time he gets back to one you almost forget that story line with those characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Great Series of Books

    I really enjoyed this entire series of books. I would recommend it to one and all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Not as Good

    Unfortunately this book is not up to par with the rest of the series. Erikson tried to tie too many plot lines together in one book. Because of the vast amount of flipping between characters the book becomes more of a summary instead of a grip story with lots of dark humor that Erikson fans are used too.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Yia

    Patrols here and moves on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    great book, great series

    this is one of the best fantasy series I've read in my 40 years of reading this type of material. The characters, the unfolding of a complex plot and the threads which all seem to come together is well worth the time spent reading. A 3000 page book goes by like a 300 page book that alone tells how the storyline draws you in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    IT'S OK

    TOO MANY CHARACTERS AND TOO MANY SIDE STORIES.i GOT LOST ON WHAT THE STORY IS ALL ABOUT.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    How i waited cor this book

    Love
    Love
    Loved it finally thw ending i was waiting for!

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    A fairly satisfying end to the most relevant fantasy series ever

    A fairly satisfying end to the most relevant fantasy series ever. Lots of plot lines get finished, there is a future in the end. I just had to say that in response to the reviewer who decided that Erikson is "the most depressed man on earth". If you can't see the modern parallels, as only a master in the field of species migration and extinction patterns (archeology and anthropology can present them, well, I suggest you pay more attention to the media outside of the mainstream sources, because right now we are finding ourselves in the same place that many of Erikson's races and civilizations have and did, and thanks to the same socio-economic forces, no less. Replace international banks and their "Too Big to Fail" economic players with Ascendants and Elder Gods, Warrens with Cyber crime and the net, Priests with ideologues and cartels; that's us in a saga. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Gads

    I am buying this to end the pain. I have struggled


    Eled rnough through. Dont undorstand most pf it. Madness and mayhem. Gods

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    depressing

    About 9,000 pages later I have come to the conclusion that Erikson is one of the most depressed people on planet earth. Just about everything is negative. His writing is very good, and the style is wonderful, but I will not be reading this series again. Just plain too negative. No hope for anyone, it seems.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    highly reccommended

    have been reading this serires of books for some time. so far i have really liked them.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Wierd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wierd

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Not up to what has come before it

    While Erikson is still a great writer, this book didn't live up to what the rest of the series has been. It was a little long winded and the final battle didn't really have the feel of the other battles in the series. It felt as if it was ended because he had said he was ending it and not because that is what the story called for. It left me with more questions that answers about the series...I've heard that he is going to write more stories about other parts of the Malazan world, hopefully they are more like the first part of this series and not this one.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    Steven Erikson's conclusion to the malazan series

    A book very much in the spirit of the series. Fotinately the author seems to want to bring this to a conclusion and hasn't introduced new characters. He seems to be gathering everything to a conclusion. With that sais he is very wordy and digresses to grand passage that follow some of the most minute thoughts of his characters. In the spirit ofThomas Covenant, but longer and wth less purpose.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2011

    awesome

    wow!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 26, 2013

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