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

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by Steven Erikson
     
 

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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

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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 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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“Extraordinarily enjoyable… Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.” —Salon.com on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

“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.” —SF Site on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

“Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin…Utterly engrossing.” —Elizabeth Haydon on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

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

“This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy.” —Glen Cook on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

“The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more.” —Stephen R. Donaldson on The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765310101
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Malazan Book of the Fallen Series, #10
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
928
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

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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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The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen Series #10) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
TJToubeaux More than 1 year ago
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!
Bocab More than 1 year ago
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.
Wolf39 More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
BRADLEY HARPER 11 months ago
favorite series to date
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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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Love Love Loved it finally thw ending i was waiting for!
HM3GP More than 1 year ago
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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