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· Read ☆ Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson â After struggling through most of Toll the Hounds before a strong finish went some way to redeeming the book for me this one easily surpassed it as my least favourite Malazan to date While some of the plotlines in this had interesting and enjoyable parts they were outnumbered by the amount of boring shit going on involving characters I couldn t remember didn t really care as Erikson slow pacing and verbose philosphising reached a boredom inducing critical mass Also for the first time in this se After struggling through most of Toll the Hounds before a strong finish went some way to redeeming the book for me this one easily surpassed it as my least favourite Malazan to date While some of the plotlines in this had interesting and enjoyable parts they were outnumbered by the amount of boring shit going on involving characters I couldn t remember didn t really care as Erikson slow pacing and verbose philosphising reached a boredom inducing critical mass Also for the first time in this series Erikson failed to deliver an awesome ending There were a load of different plotlines in this one as usual, many featuring new characters despite this being the 9th book and all those books being bricks in the series I wish Erikson would have forgotten about introducing new stuff at this juncture and instead focused on the characters and plotlines already established If he had this one and Toll the Hounds could have been combined into a very good installment, rather than a mediocre book and a shitty book.
My favourite plotline in this one was easily the one which featured the Malazans, Brys and Tehol However despite enjoying the chance to spendtime with these characters, and funny scenes dialogue throughout this plotline really lost it s way at some point The early stages had interesting stuff going on the reading of the Deck of Dragons was really cool but the middle stages and on seemed to lose direction Maybe this was intentional as a major plot point is that no one in the army knows why they are marching into an empty,barren wasteland but the lack of action and constant air of boredom, depression and frustration didn t make for fun reading view spoiler While the Bonehunter s battle delivered a strong ending, with action, revelation and moving moments the intermission as Stormy and Gesler got to know the K Chain Chemalle and of course engaged in lots of ponderous philosophy killed the momentum and the subsequent battle was something of an anti climax as I found myself only caring about 2 of the characters involved the aforementioned Malazan duo hide spoiler The early clash between the Grey Helms, Bolkando and Burned Tears made for some cool, intriguingly tactical military campaigning scenes while also doing a really cool job of introducing the Bolkando However this storyline also lost it s way about half way through and was overcome by inaction and philosophizing although the Bolkando Queen remained a cool character.
The Barghast plotline also provided some really cool, tactical battle scenes as well as intriguign plots and schemes for power but it was undermined by the fact that I only cared about 1 character Tool that was involved I also found the scenes with Hetan to be both horrifying and hard to understand in the context of how Bargast culture had previously been established view spoiler so it s socially acceptable for Barghast women to be warriors, leaders and openly sexually active but there was also a load of misogyny and male on female domestic violence ingrained in Bargast culture I find it hard to understand how these 2 elements could co exist with apparently neither effecting the other view spoiler There also a load of other plotlines going on Some ghosts were hanging out in a city shaped like a dragon, a woman was looking for humans to command a bunch of dinosaurs, 2 guys who could morph into dragons were wandering around etc Amazingly all of those plotlines were mind numbingly boring with virtually no action and lots of philosophizing that failed to advance the plot You d think with all of that cool stuff some action would pretty much write itself But you would be wrong.
A battered, cynical veteran I have survived this grueling campaign and march on to a final, fateful convergence At which point onename shall be added to the Book of the Fallen hide spoiler hide spoiler Full review now up Dust of Dreams, the ninth book in the Malazan book of the Fallen, is another epic tale that brings me one step closer to the conclusion of this amazing series The Bonehunters have settled into the city of Letheras, but Adjunct Tavore Paran has other things in mind She intends to march the Bonehunters into a desolate part of the Lether continent known as the Wastelands With allies close at hand and abroad they will need all the help they can get against the threat they are a Full review now up Dust of Dreams, the ninth book in the Malazan book of the Fallen, is another epic tale that brings me one step closer to the conclusion of this amazing series The Bonehunters have settled into the city of Letheras, but Adjunct Tavore Paran has other things in mind She intends to march the Bonehunters into a desolate part of the Lether continent known as the Wastelands With allies close at hand and abroad they will need all the help they can get against the threat they are about to face With so many different forces at play it s hard to gauge what is going to happen from scene to scene in this book Erikson did a great job a mixing things up and keeping me on my toes His writing hasn t changed, but I did notice that instead of long drawn out scenes with characters, there are a lot of shortened scenes before moving on to the next POV I really enjoyed this style He uses this style a lot in the end sequence of his books, and it worked great throughout Dust of Dreams The characters in this book are awesome as with all Malazan books I wouldn t say this cast of characters was bigger than previous books, but the diversity of the characters made it feel that way I certainly enjoyed the new characters and have grown fond of the characters that have been with me for most of this journey Even though I should know better than to get attached to anyone this close to the end Gods, Elder Gods, ascendants.
no one is safe at this pointOne day, even the gods will answer to deathWith plenty of action, revelations, heart breaking loss, and Erikson s gross and at times inappropriate humor which is my favorite by the way this was one of the best books in this series The end sequence was amazing and really left me anticipating what will happen in the final book All the lines haven t been drawn for the final conflict I would have to say some of them are blurry at best But as the dust settles and the combatants lick their wounds the end draws nearDust of Dreams, dust of all that we never achieved Dust of what we might have been and what we cannot help be.
Statues are never mute Their silence is a roar of words Will you hear Will you listen On The Letherii Continent The Exiled Malazan Army Commanded By Adjunct Tavore Begins Its March Into The Eastern Wastelands, To Fight For An Unknown Cause Against An Enemy It Has Never SeenThe Fate Awaiting The Bonehunters Is One No Soldier Can Prepare For, And One No Mortal Soul Can Withstand The Foe Is Uncertainty And The Only Weapon Worth Wielding Is Stubborn CourageIn War Everyone Loses, And This Brutal Truth Can Be Found In The Eyes Of Every Soldier In Every WorldDestinies Are Never SimpleTruths Are Neither Clear Nor SharpThe Tales Of The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Are Drawing To A Close In A Distant Place, Beneath Indifferent Skies, As The Last Great Army Of The Malazan Empire Seeks A Final Battle In The Name Of Redemption Final Questions Remain To Be Answered Can One S Deeds Be Heroic When No One Is There To See It Can That Which Is Unwitnessed Forever Change The World The Answers Await The Bonehunters, Beyond The Wastelands There shall be none to witness If existence itself can be said to be poetic, we stand in that silence, unyielding servants to anonymity None to see, none to even know Not a single grave, nor stone lifted to cast shade upon our scattered bones Neither hill nor tomb We shall rest in emptiness, not forgotten for forgetting follows remembrance, and there shall be no remembrance.
The Bonehunters are on the march Dust of Dreams provides a new set of the philosophical musings which Erikson has There shall be none to witness If existence itself can be said to be poetic, we stand in that silence, unyielding servants to anonymity None to see, none to even know Not a single grave, nor stone lifted to cast shade upon our scattered bones Neither hill nor tomb We shall rest in emptiness, not forgotten for forgetting follows remembrance, and there shall be no remembrance.
The Bonehunters are on the march Dust of Dreams provides a new set of the philosophical musings which Erikson has set out before the reader particularly in the second half of the series The nature of history, remembrance and heroism are spoken about, as in the quote above What do heroic acts matter if nobody is there to seem them and remember their importance Similarly, the nature of humanity is dealt with to some extent, our fragility and the temporary nature of our lives being mused about to some extent.
Similarly, the atrocity of war gets to centre stage again, particularly in the long descriptions surrounding the absolutely horrific battle in the Wastelands towards the end of the book Using an exceptionally militaristic series as a critique of war is an interesting narrative choice, but Erikson pulls it off.
I was nearly put off by the absolutely disgustingly graphic violence in the book, particularly centred in the Barghast story arc Ritualised, systemic rape and mutilation, constant descriptions of barbarism and overall depravity that the readers if forced to go through I must admit I despise the use of violence for the purpose of shocking the reader It is a cheap literary tactic, and one Erikson would do well to refrain from, as it diminishes the overall quality of the books Erikson himself defended it as an act of homage to victims of such vile actions, in a forum post which gave a stronger impression of just not being able to handle criticism.
Aside from that, however, Erikson is of course a brilliant writer The scenes involving diplomacy, are extremely interesting and sometimes downright amusing The way Erikson deals with the intricacies of political negotiation on the Letherii continent are quite a highlight of Dust of Dreams, as it also provides some fascinating insights into the inner working of various cultures, civilised and tribal alike.
There are two particular highlights one is the masterful depiction of the great battle at the end.
The other, however, is the journey of the Shake There are some wonderful things to be experienced and learned as the Shake go on their pilgrimage to the lost city of Darkness, Kharkanas The sea is blind to the roadAnd the road is blind to the rainThe road welcomes no footfallsThe blind are an ocean s floodOn the road s shoreWalk then unseeingLike children with hands outstretchedDown to valleys of blinding darknessThe road leads down through shadowsOf weeping godsThis sea knows but one tide flowingInto sorrow s depthless chambersThe sea is shore to the roadAnd the road is the sea s riverTo the blindWhen I hear the first footfallsI know the end has comeAnd the rain shall riseLike children with handsOutstretchedI am the road fleeing the sunAnd the road is blind to the seaAnd the sea is blind to the shoreAnd the shore is blindTo the seaThe sea is blind RIDDLE OF THE ROAD OF GALLANSHAKE CHANTOnwards to the very end Malazan Book of the Fallen reviews1 Gardens of the Moon 2 Deadhouse Gates 3 Memories of Ice 4 House of Chains 5 Midnight Tides 6 The Bonehunters 7 Reaper s Gale 8 Toll the Hounds 9 Dust of Dreams 10 The Crippled God Book 9 and I still love this series Steven Erickson adapted a different method here, instead of his usual, that a book ends with all strings tied, this ended in a cliffhanger, the worst kind so prepare yourselves, this has a few new characters, apart from those almost everyone that survive the first 8 books are in this and the rest will be in The Crippled God cause this book is the first part of the conclusion to the series I still don t know who is alive or who is dead cause the book ended du Book 9 and I still love this series Steven Erickson adapted a different method here, instead of his usual, that a book ends with all strings tied, this ended in a cliffhanger, the worst kind so prepare yourselves, this has a few new characters, apart from those almost everyone that survive the first 8 books are in this and the rest will be in The Crippled God cause this book is the first part of the conclusion to the series I still don t know who is alive or who is dead cause the book ended during a major battle.
This book is as interesting as its predeccessors, its action packed, great dialogue amazing plot,sub plot etc The races and creatures in this book is mind blowing We got to knowabout the Forkral Assail, K chain Nahruk and K chain Chemelle I just cannot wait to see the convergence in the final book, I hope its as good as everyone says, cause I have one problem with this book, despite everything it was too slow paced, compared to the previous books.
World building and WritingI don t think anyone can surpass Steven Erickson when it comes to world building, am sorry Brandon Sanderson but after nine books and still the world just keeps getting better, no mix up or anything, perfect depiction and all The writing is still great, the conversations between the Bonehunters always crack me up Still multiple POVs, you can go from laughing to crying when the POV shifts cause the snake is just so sad.
Characters and Plot Technically there are no spoilers here but if you are spoiler sensitive or haven t read the first 8 books, I suggest you don t read this cause I ll mention character names.
The Malazans Mainly the Bonehunters, Tavore and her armies, are on a match to Kolanse to do the most craziest thing ever, thery didn t even arrive before battle met them on the way, I lost some favourites there, but some still survived,I think Lastora did the shadow dance and I just cannot get it out of my head, that scene is amazing, Fiddler and Gesler are still trying to keep everyone together even though Tavore is still nonchalant about almost everything.
The LetheriisTehol and Bugg was just in the first half of the book and even that was sparodic, and I enjoyed every single scene Brys wasin this, of course the convergence will involve him, even though I have no idea what his role will be, but one thing is for sure, he wasn t brought back before a major convergence for nothing,The BarghastOh how I hate them now, the only person I like is Hetan and Cafan, the rest can go and die for all I care, they went too far this time.
The SnakeIs just a term used for a group of children who have being through the worst in life and still manages to move on, I wish am as strong as these children.
Silchas,Rudd Ryad , Tool, Torrent,Udinaas, Draconus,Kilmandoras, Twilight, The Watch,The Khudryl burned tear,Gruntle,Mappo and manyare also in this I am throwing awayWords You and meIt s a good place to startWe got to lighten the loadCut down on what we carryToday I stop carryingYouTomorrow I ll stop carryingMeJust a little bitof buildup Just a little bitof setting the right pieces on the board.
Just a bitof listening to those selfish secrets and mysteries characters are trying to protect until comes inFiddler,kicking with his rusty, old helmet, and everything starts to reveal itself.
After eight booI am throwing awayWords You and meIt s a good place to startWe got to lighten the loadCut down on what we carryToday I stop carryingYouTomorrow I ll stop carryingMeJust a little bitof buildup Just a little bitof setting the right pieces on the board.
Just a bitof listening to those selfish secrets and mysteries characters are trying to protect until comes inFiddler,kicking with his rusty, old helmet, and everything starts to reveal itself.
After eight books in the mainMalazan Book of the Fallenseries, and twenty four books overall an end.
And like Fiddler himself, you ll weep for asking too muchStory He saw a rider ahead, a figure hunched and cowled as it waited astride a gaunt, grey horse from which no breath plumed He saw a recurved Rhivi bow gripped in one bony hand, and he realized that he knew this rider.
This Herald of War We find theBonehuntersinLether,ready to march onKolanse,across theWastelandandGlass Desert,to their destiny To challenge their fate, the unknown and the gods themselves.
But, they are exhausted And worse, they are boredAdjunct Tavore Paranseems distantthan ever, and soldiers are starting to lose their faith in their commander For the first time after theFall of Arenafter their first victory was taken away from them inRaraku Desertafter they had paid a heavy price for their real first victory beneath the walls ofY Ghatanafter their ownEmpresstook away the truth from them on the streets ofMalaz Cityand after they have finally made the peace with themselves that on distant continent of Lether nobody will witness their true birth Bonehunters are on the brink of mutiny.
And they have yet to start a deathly march To seemingly nowhere To nothing but their death.
While Malazan Army doesn t know what is it in Kolanse that Adjunct is hurrying to, other, ancient, forces in this world have a pretty good guess what awaits them there So the run beginsWorldbuilding, History and Lore Kneel to one or many, but never, never hold to a belief that but one god exists Should you hold to such a belief, then by any path of reasoning that follows, you cannot but conclude that your one god is cursed, a thing of impossible aspirations and deafening injustice, whimsical in its cruelty, blind to mercy and devoid of pity For the first time in this series we get inside of the point of view of reptilian dinosaur look like race known asK Chain Che MalleAnd, oh my godor gods in this case , what a profound minds they are.
So far, everything we have seen from them was physical superiority and monstrous brutality this horde like behavior against anyone who opposes them And to be honest, in their badassery, they gave the sense of exactly that for which they were introduced to a geek s dream come true We have also learned that they were extremely intelligent species and we were led to believe that they were pretty much extinctHumans, welcome us The K Chain Che Malle have returned to the world And here, in this book, we see their hierarchy, we see how they behave with each other and with other species, and we have our suspicions confirmed when we realize that they are indeed, not just on the brink of extinction, but that, what s left of the K Chain Che Malle s, have lost themselves.
Not so much in their purpose their purpose is to survive as much as in the terms of their faith.
Now, humans tend to believe howElder God K rullis responsible for releasing magic into this world, when he cut his veins but Che Malle s believe that life itself is magical as is everything in itWhen we kill the beasts living on this plain, when we close our jaws about the back of the neck When we grip hard to choke off the wind pipe When we do all this, we watch, with intimate compassion, with profound understanding, the light of life leave our victim s eyes We see the struggle give away to acceptance, and in our souls, we weep They also believe that, suitably, there are forces that work in opposition to this magic, this life, and that is naturally death But, in this battle of opposition between life and death, they form a balance Balance that should not be compromised.
Now, if you remember, in this world there s something calledOtataralA rare, reddish ore, that negates magic Che Malles have on multiple occasions failed to move themselves from their stupor, so they have to turn to the only thing that was left to them, the only thing they still believe in freedom of choice.
And in that freedom they chose humanDestriantto show them their way.
Yes We might as well weepMagic System One long scream of horror, Badalle Ten thousand pages long No one will hear it No, she agreed No one will hear it But you will write it anyway, won t you I am Badalle, and all I have is words It s really hard to create a character and say to himYou are powerful And the way you ll express your powers is through poemsand not come out with something childish and cheesyChildren of the Snakeare refugees running fromQuitors ,species that have ravaged their homeland.
Somewhere along the way, in their exodus, their own parents tried to eat them when hunger struck, but they managed to escape from them and now there are children running across the wastelands.
Soon to be very hungryPendulums Were Once Toys One of the leaders of these children isBadalle,a child herself, who had a tendency to write and sing sad poetry And through that poetry she would reflect on hardship they were going through.
And evenimportantly, she would find the meaning of words they have lost in that wandering she had to create new ones in order to communicate about them.
And yes, through your expressed emotions words can have power if your words are eloquent enough they can have power.
But how can you make words, in this world, stop a physical or a magical threat To go even further, how can you yourself impose physical or magical power as a response and not deviate from what we already learned of basic functioning of this world s magic and not introduce this as something that is far fetched even in Malazan world Her purpose in the story of the Snake is to show how incredibly powerful words can be even in the hands of a destitute child Her words and her poetry are not only potent weapons against threats and foes but also as having the potential to reconstitute the existence and reality of the SnakeYIELD to your own lies HALT in the breathless moment Your lungs screamAnd silence answersYour heart drumsBrittle surfacesBLEED In a world devoid of purpose, meaning and direction for these children, where they have no authorities to consult or social structures to shape them and give them guidance and instruction, these kids cleave to Badalle s words and her poetry as the singular means of making sense of their worldSymbolism and Allegory The HobblingA reminder why I cannot bring myself to likeKarsa Orlong Without giving away any of the spoilers, I ll be very brief, because it s really hard to write about this topic I won t be going into specifics, but I hope that you ll understand in between the lines of which topic I m talking about.
It s extremely important to read this chapter Be that on your first or fourth read, like mine It is excruciatingly painful chapter to get through and on your first read you ll be shocked Maybe you ll feel tempted to skip those pages especially if you are a rereader or to simply put book down and start cursing this author because, damn it, this is fantasy, and you re looking for an escape or a safe haven just for an hour or two from the real world I completely understand if you decide not to, but I would like for you to stay At least so that you could understand why Erikson did what he did and why he wrote this chapter and what he actually tried to achieve.
There s a message here that Erikson tried to convey.
There are certain monsters in this world They walk among us They talk to us, they smile at us, they behave just like everyone else And we would never know, we would never see for what they are, until it s too late We then catch them, sentence them and they rot But, that s an ending to an already tragic tale But, there are other kinds of monstrosities that happen in real world Same in their nature But still different In these monstrous, backdoor, societies that exist in our world, sometimes society itself is so monstrous that they willingly participate As part of their religious or cultural zeal As part of their customs They have existed through history, and they exist even today.
And as it is in human nature to be shocked, to feel disgusted, to condemn and resent them it is also in human nature to look away To turn their headsOh my God, that s awful Thank God, it didn t happen to me Well, here, for couple of pages, for few paragraphs, nobody gets to look away.
If this entire series is about anything at all it is about compassion And here, in this scenes, in this chapter, Steven implores youthan ever to show it.
Which will just briefly bring me back to this monster Karsa Orlong again.
While parts of the story he is in are indeed interestingmostly because of the characters around him , Karsa Orlong himself is not For me, he is not a bad ass warrior He is not an amazing character I am unable and unwilling to define him by anythingthan by his first act in the beginning of his story I am not going to look awayProse The machinery was coated in oily dust that gleamed in the darkness as the faint glow of the lantern slid across it, conveying motion where none existed, the illusion of silent slippage, as of reptilian scales that seamed, as ever, cruelly appropriate Am I the only one who sees a rhythm here Am I reading too much into this Let s try another paragraph thenShe could not find her way amount the countless twisting corridors, or through the vast chamber of silent, frozen machines, evading the pits in the floors over which flagstones had never been installed, and staying clear of the metal and cables spilling out from unpanelled walls I don t know Probably there is something there, given his history with constructing Kadaspala in Forge of DarknessDeconstructing Fiction For Writers and Readers Excerpt Deconstructed 1 and, just recently, his explanation on constructing The Siege of Pale in Gardens of the MoonDeconstructing The Siege of Pale Aftermath Scene I love his commentary on realizing just now that maybe we were overwhelmed with mini info dumps We were, Steven We were Anyhow, as for the quoted paragraphs above there probably is something, and while I m definitely going around all of this completely wrong, painfully mistaking in my illiterate ignorance, it s quite amusing for me, a casual reader, to make notice of such details3.
58 5 Kharkanas TrilogyForge of DarknessFall of LightPath to Ascendancy seriesDancer s LamentDeadhouse LandingMalazan Empire seriesNight Of KnivesReturn of the Crimson GuardStonewielderOrb Sceptre ThroneBlood and BoneAssailMalazan Book of the Fallen seriesGardens of the MoonDeadhouse GatesMemories of IceMidnight TidesHouse of ChainsThe BonehuntersReaper s GaleToll the HoundsUltimate Malazan Chronological Reading Order 5 Pain, despair, pain, demoralization, pain, beautiful writing, pain,pain I need a drink and maybe a month of very mindless chick lit, then possibly I could return to write a review PainGiving advice to a child is like flinging sand at an obsidian wall Nothing sticks The brutal truth is that we each suffer our own lessons they can t be danced round They can t be slipped past You cannot gift a child with your scars they arrive like webs, constricting, suffocati 5 Pain, despair, pain, demoralization, pain, beautiful writing, pain,pain I need a drink and maybe a month of very mindless chick lit, then possibly I could return to write a review PainGiving advice to a child is like flinging sand at an obsidian wall Nothing sticks The brutal truth is that we each suffer our own lessons they can t be danced round They can t be slipped past You cannot gift a child with your scars they arrive like webs, constricting, suffocating, and that child will struggle and strain until they break No matter how noble your intent, the only scars that teach them anything are the ones they earn themselves I found this Malazan book the most difficult so far originally I made it half way through and had to give up.
The reason being that although it is the 9th book of the series I felt that the characters POV s we were following I could only really follow enjoy about 1 3 of what was going on the Letherri Malazan army scenes with familiar faces The other 2 3 I found it difficult to distinguish which groups were which, who was where on the map etc Once again so many new factions, people an I found this Malazan book the most difficult so far originally I made it half way through and had to give up.
The reason being that although it is the 9th book of the series I felt that the characters POV s we were following I could only really follow enjoy about 1 3 of what was going on the Letherri Malazan army scenes with familiar faces The other 2 3 I found it difficult to distinguish which groups were which, who was where on the map etc Once again so many new factions, people and plot threads Also, the pace seemed like a bit of a grind I was flicking 4 chapters forwards and being happy when I say saw a Bottle Fiddler scene and that would be my ammunition to carry on I tried again and the 2nd time I took it slower, re read certain sections and abused the dramatis persone section every five minutes I think you get out of Malazan what you up in and when I upped the effort I got the reward.
Scene highlights for me were the reading of the deck of dragons, the bickering s of the Elder God s Mael is so cool , Draconus Ublula Pung are like an awesome comedy duo and it all comes together for an awesome cliff hanger huge ending involving a whole plethora of people, races, magics.
well everything.
Negative I didn t really care much for the Snake even on my re read Nothing seemed to happen.
It was worth going back to and I have started The Crippled God and the pace starts nearly as frantic as this one ends I am up for a hell of a thrill ride I imagine Peace xwww.
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The denouement of the Malazan Book of the Fallen is so long that it had to be written over two enormous books Dust of Dreams is the first act of this grand finale and it was glorious This volume is another polarising one insofar as its ratings are concerned, and it could be due to a very real syndrome called Malazan Fatigue Admittedly I was afflicted by this during my first attempt to follow the Malazan recommended reading order a couple of years ago and I did not even start on this book Th The denouement of the Malazan Book of the Fallen is so long that it had to be written over two enormous books Dust of Dreams is the first act of this grand finale and it was glorious This volume is another polarising one insofar as its ratings are concerned, and it could be due to a very real syndrome called Malazan Fatigue Admittedly I was afflicted by this during my first attempt to follow the Malazan recommended reading order a couple of years ago and I did not even start on this book This time around, having a better understanding of the stories being told during my reread and not attempting to read both Erikson and Esslemont in order, I managed to progress into Dust of Dreams and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The opening chapters herein were the strongest ones I ve read in the entire series to date The story picked up from the closing events in Reaper s Gale taking place in Letheras where the Bonehunters were encamped The story started with an ominous tone, centred on some of my favourite scenes in this series as hard to comprehend as it may be most times , i.
e those involving the Deck of Dragons Erikson thoroughly immerses the reader into the lives of soldiers, providing numerous cut scenes from one individual or squad to another, showing how boredom can be an enemy of a soldier as many amongst them ruminated and bemoaned their fate in the hands of the Adjunct The humourous reprieve granted by my favourite Malazan duo, usually at the most unexpected or inappropriate time, was a huge welcome.
The timeline in Dust of Dreams ran parallel to that in Toll the Hounds, up to a certain point Having read the preceding volume bestowed the delicious joy of having inside information of the earth shattering events which have transpired, as well as the bated anticipation as to how it will play out There were also a surprising number of expository scenes that finally brought some light to the murkier sections of the vast and intricate tapestry of the series narrative threads Suffice to say, many of the seemingly missing pieces of the puzzle were gradually falling into place Even with all the revelations evident so far, one burning question remained, surrounding the most enigmatic character of all, the awesome Quick Ben.
Image from Subterranean Press In the same vein of all the preceding books, we have again a whole new cast of characters introduced even this late into the series One which I had not expected but was completely thrilled about was that of the perspective of the K Chain Che malle, a race of lizard like beings for which we have only ever seen from a distance as completely alien, supremely advanced and wholly dangerous This storyline provides the much needed insights into these ancient beings who inhabited the world way before the humans ever did.
Speaking of humans, the philosophical tone in Dust of Dreams took on an evenbleak and depressing view of the horrors that beset humanity, all which mirrored our real world Themes of extinction and annihilation, and of desperation to survive There was one arc, in particular, that was terrifying in its portrayal of children and their ability to adapt It was also the most plodding subplot in the book which to me didn t seem to have much significance to the larger story Children are quickest to necessity They can make any world normal Be careful, daughter, with these humans To live, they will do anything On the flipside, the commentary on the legacy that we leave behind for future generations rings true like a clarion The beast that was civilisation ever faced forward, and in making its present world it devoured the world to come It was an appalling truth that one s own children could be so callously sacrificed to immediate comforts, yet this was so and it had always been so The same goes for neglect, willful or otherwise A child starved never grows tall or strong A child unloved can never find love or give it when grown A child that does not laugh will become someone who can find nothing in the world to laugh at And a child hurt deeply enough will spend a lifetime trying to scab that wound even as they ceaselessly pick at it all the careless acts and indifferent, impatient gestures as if they had no time for their own children and all of that was simply passed on to the next generation, over and over again While the Malazan books had been violent and brutal, I will not call it gratuitous Regardless, I do need to mention that there are scenes in this book which may qualify as a trigger warning for serial rape and torture Scenes which again draw upon our world What is the reason behind such a portrayal Instead of paraphrasing, I ll put forth the words of the author himself Torture is going on right now People are being maimed Some will die Others will live with pain and trauma for the rest of their lives And it you re at all like me, you feel helpless to do anything about it But one thing you do have a choice over you can turn away and while such acts of violence are in all likelihood very distant from us readers here, they exist, as a chapter in the history of our own civilisation, our own culture, and future books recounting the history of our present, will note us with clinical clarity, as nations in which torture was both condoned and conducted I didn t write that scene for you I wrote it for them And I ask the same of you read it for them As my wife said, whatever we feel is as nothing compared to what the victims have, and will, go through And in the grand scheme of things, our brief disquiet seems, to me now as it did then, a most pathetic cry in this vast wilderness I almost cannot believe I am finally at the threshold of the conclusion of the Malazan Book of the Fallen As Dust of Dreams is merely the beginning of the end, it closed with a heart rending cliff hanger what else would you expect from this series , and for the first time, I m delving into the next book immediately The Crippled God, here I come You can purchase the book from Book Depository Free Shipping bookshop.
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Son of a bitch These books Wait, I have oneto go I can t fathom it Skimmed through anything too triggering I wasn t even sure I would continue after the last book when view spoiler they killed my love, Rake Fuckers hide spoiler But alas, I have to finish I m only going to read these 10 for now I don t know if or when I will read the others Onto the next.
Mel br br br br br br br br Son of a bitch These books Wait, I have oneto go I can t fathom it Skimmed through anything too triggering I wasn t even sure I would continue after the last book when view spoiler they killed my love, Rake Fuckers hide spoiler But alas, I have to finish I m only going to read these 10 for now I don t know if or when I will read the others Onto the next.
Mel