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In war everyone loses. This brutal truth can be seen in the eyes of every soldier in every world...In Letherii, 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 seen. And in these same Wastelands, others gather to confront their destinies. The warlike Barghast, thwaIn war everyone loses. This brutal truth can be seen in the eyes of every soldier in every world...In Letherii, 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 seen. And in these same Wastelands, others gather to confront their destinies. The warlike Barghast, thwarted in their vengeance against the Tiste Edur, seek new enemies beyond the border and Onos Toolan, once immortal T'lan Imass now mortal commander of the White Face clan, faces insurrection. To the south, the Perish Grey Helms parlay passage through the treacherous kingdom of Bolkando. Their intention is to rendezvous with the Bonehunters but their vow of allegiance to the Malazans will be sorely tested. And ancient enclaves of an Elder Race are in search of salvation--not among their own kind, but among humans--as an old enemy draws ever closer to the last surviving bastion of the K'Chain Che'Malle.So this last great army of the Malazan Empire is resolved to make one final defiant, heroic 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 forever change the world? Destines are rarely simple, truths never clear but one certainty is that time is on no one's side. For the Deck of Dragons has been read, unleashing a dread power that none can comprehend...In a faraway land and beneath indifferent skies, the final chapter of 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' has begun......

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Dust of Dreams Reviews

  • TS Chan
    2018-12-27 05:06

    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 is 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. It brings the reader back to where we were left off in Reaper’s Gale; in Letheras to where The Bonehunters are encamped. The story starts with an ominous tone, predicated around one 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 ruminate and bemoan 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, is a huge welcome.The timeline in Dust of Dreams runs parallel to that in Toll the Hounds, up to a certain point. Having read the preceding volume bestows 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 which is the Book of the Fallen. Suffice to say, many of the seemingly missing pieces of the puzzle are gradually falling into place. Even with all the revelations evident so far, one burning question remains, surrounding the most enigmatic character of all, the awesome Quick Ben.Image from Subterranean PressIn 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 narrative in Dust of Dreams took on an even more bleak 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 is one arc, in particular, that was terrifying in its portrayal of children and their ability to adapt.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 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!This review can also be found at Booknest

  • Jody
    2019-01-19 22:07

    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 point. ‘One day, even the gods will answer to death.’With 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 near. ‘Dust 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?'

  • Michael Britt
    2019-01-21 06:00

    Real rating: First 90%= 3 stars. Last 10%= 5 starsMan, this one is tough. On one hand, this is the first Malazan book where I was wanting it to end. On the other hand, that battle at the end almost completely made up for how boring this book was. I know it's essentially Part 1 of 2 for the end of the main series, but knowing that still didn't help. We get some truly awesome POV's. The K'Chain Che'Malle definitely stole the show. We get to see they're way more than what we saw from the Kell Hunters previously. I got the impression they were just dinosaurs with swords for hands. But they're way more than that, even the Kell Hunters. I'll leave that discovery to you. They were definitely the stars of the show, though. When I look back at the story, I don't see how I got bored. The story is very strong. So maybe it was just how drawn out it seemed at times. This book is very philosophically heavy. I think that's where it got bogged down for me. Also, introducing even *more* new characters made me exhausted from the beginning. Trying to remember everything that's happened up to this point and trying to remember what's going on with the newcomers was a bit much. I honestly gave up trying to get things straight in my mind quite a few times. I hated doing that, but it was just too much. I'm sure I probably missed so much in this novel, but I just didnt have the mental strength at times. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like the violence in this one, especially that one scene, was ramped up. This was a pretty brutal book, at times. I really wish I could say more about the revenge scene at the end, but, ya know, spoilers lol. It's well known that Erikson likes to "bring people back" so I loved the line that was spoken, near the end, where a character says, "doesn't anything stay dead around here?" That made me legit lol. This one definitely makes Crippled God look extremely promising. The very last line of dialogue got a fist pump in the air from me haha. This is in no way a bad book, just a very long and drawn out book. I feel bad for this being my first 4 star Malazan book, but it was too much of a slog to get 5 stars from me.

  • Conor
    2019-01-17 03:06

    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 spend more time 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 one more name shall be added to the Book of the Fallen. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  • James LafayetteTivendale
    2019-01-05 01:50

    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.youandibooks.wordpress.com

  • seak
    2018-12-30 02:56

    There's a warning at the beginning of Dust of Dreams from the author himself explaining that until this point in the series, there has never been a cliffhanger, but in order to finish this insanely huge series, the penultimate volume in the Malazan Book of the Fallen is the first and only to do so.Throughout the book, I was prepping myself for lots of buildup with no payoff in the end. Every other ending to every other Malazan book has blown my mind more than anything I've ever read. Erikson's endings are the best in the business and easily make it worth the thousand plus pages it takes to get there.So, knowing that there would be a cliffhanger, I assumed there wouldn't be any mind-blowingness going on at the end. Well, I'm happy to say that I was wrong. It is epic, tragic, brutal, and lovely all rolled into one. Nothing but the usual.Now, that's not to say that a cliffhanger doesn't exist, I'm just saying you don't have to go through the entire book not expecting a great ending... like I did.While I had a bit of a hard time with Toll the Hounds (although I still loved it), Dust of Dreams goes back to Erikson's normal style, which really just means Toll sans narration. We're introduced to more new tribes and peoples and the final setup is underway.The Bonehunters have been hanging out in Letheras since they rousted the Tiste Edur and Tehol Beddict has been put in charge as king (Awesome!). Brys Beddict, Tehol's brother, is back, and in charge of the Letherii military (More Awesome!). I have to admit, I have a huge man-crush on Brys (great name btw).Adjunct Tavore has decided the Bonehunters need to head east toward the Wastelands and even further and no one knows why... her usual MO. Their allies, the Perish Grey Helms and the Kundryl Burned Tears, are busy getting things ready in the east of the Letherii kingdom, but things aren't going too well with the Bolkando stirring things up.We also tag along with the Barghast, led by their Warleader Onos T'oolan (or Tool), who's now no longer T'lan Imass - just Imass now, who are really ancient Barghast ancestors. The Barghast despise his leadership as they prefer their more barbaric traditions to his more civilized way of thinking.This is a minor spoiler, but: It's interesting to note that Dust of Dreams actually begins before the ending of Toll the Hounds if you were wondering. :)Why Read The Malazan Book of the Fallen?The Malazan Book of the Fallen is the most confusing thing you'll never forget. Under the definition of "epic" in the dictionary, you'll find The Malazan Book of the Fallen series. I promise you, IT IS WORTH IT.Erikson puts you right where the average soldier is, just do as your told and you'll end up all right, you don't need to know all the details just yet.Add to this the feelings of jubilation when you figure something out, this series will blow your mind. Guaranteed.4 out of 5 Stars (Compared to the rest of the series)5 out of 5 Stars (Compared to anything else)If you need any help remembering some of the characters/races/magics, check out the Malazan Wiki. It's amazing with a WARNING: Don't read too far into anything and especially, DON'T LOOK AT THE DECK OF DRAGONS. Go back to the previous books if you need to.

  • Jenna Kathleen
    2019-01-23 02:53

    Only one left!Most of this book moved slower than the previous installments which is why it seems to get lower ratings than the other books. While not the weakest Malazan book in my opinion, it definitely doesn't fall into my favourite books of the series category. As with Toll of the Hounds, I enjoyed the beginning more than some of the other books because I did know some of the characters. You'd think by book 9 that we'd know all of the characters, but it wouldn't really be Malazan without some chaos and confusion added in.This is largely a set-up book for the grand finale, but that doesn't mean things didn't happen. I honestly don't know how Erikson is going to wrap this all up in one book. I am extremely tempted to just move on to The Crippled God, but I can't give up on the recommended reading order now!

  • Emma
    2019-01-17 03:09

    This one was always going to be difficult to review, being the first half of what Erikson conceived as one book. The ending shows this weakness, the last bit tails off somewhat because it makes promises about what comes next rather than offers conclusions for book 9. Even the almost unimaginably epic and devastatingly murderous battles of the final quarter are mere preludes to the final convergence. Yet it would be a mistake to underestimate the importance of these storylines (save the Snake which is tiresome in the extreme), there are massive changes within these pages, necessary to put people where they need to be. Of course, we all wish to spend more time with the characters we love, but the sheer power of our time with them is all the more emotional and effective for its fleeting nature; we know that this time may well be the last, the End is coming, and this is the Book of the Fallen.

  • ScottHitchcock
    2018-12-24 23:05

    I think of the first nine this is the most brutal books of the lot. The acts of brutality woven with the empathy are SE's gift. As always what a convergence at the end but certainly not the way I thought. There are so many loose ends I don't see how it all gets sewn up with one book remaining or even four if you include the three books left in Empire doing the recommending reading order. Some of the characters we've been following since day one are in limbo. I know I'm reading Orb, Sceptre, Throne next but the temptation to go straight into the Crippled God is overwhelming. A lot of people consider this one of the weaker books of the series. I'd have to disagree and put it in the top half.

  • Rob
    2018-12-30 02:54

    Executive Summary: I found this to be a disappointment. It's not a bad book by any means, just not the book I was hoping for.Full ReviewSo here we are in the home stretch of this epic 10 book series. Mr. Erikson starts this with an author's note saying how this is really part one of a two book finale to the series.That colored my expectations some that we would start getting more answers than questions and that the new characters and subplots would be kept to a minimum as we finally start to wrap up what Mr. Erikson has been building for the last books.I guess I can hope that it happens in The Crippled God, because I certainly set myself up for disappointment here. Once again Mr. Erikson writes some amazing chapters and an exciting climax. Unfortunately there is also an abundance of chapters, characters and subplots I just didn't care about. This series suffers from far too many minor characters that could often be interchangeable with one another and Mr. Erikson spends too much time for my liking with them.As with previous books, I found the chapters focusing on the Malazans themselves to be the most fun and interesting. This has some of the best scenes and events in the series thus far, and somehow that just makes me mad. I look at those and wonder "why couldn't the whole book be like this?".This has been a much more negative review than I had originally planned to write. Especially for a 3 star book. There is a lot to like here, I just wish there was more of it. More of my favorite characters. More cool battle scenes. More badass magic. More answers to questions. This book has me pretty apprehensive for the final book and how Mr. Erikson is going to wrap things up. Maybe that book will help to better put this one in perspective. Or maybe it will take a re-read for me to appreciate the chapters I found uninteresting on my first read through. Only time will tell.

  • Mike
    2019-01-17 22:47

    I have often commented that the Malazan series is the very epitome of Epic Fantasy (yes, the capital letters are necessary). It encompasses far flung realms, myriad powerful entities with competing agendas, deep history spanning thousands of years, gods, empires, and fanatics. Every new book introduced several dozen new characters to keep track of, revealed more of the complex history that impacts the events, and a bunch of new cultures to experience. It makes for a fantastically complex and rich narrative. But is can also make for some book bloat. Heck, Erikson even acknowledges it in his Author's Note of this book:While I am, of course, not known for writing door-stopper tomes, the conclusion of 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' was, to my mind, always going to demand something more than modern bookbinding technology could accommodate...Alas, Dust of Dreams is the first half of a two-volume novel, to be concluded with The Crippled God. Accordingly, if you're looking for resolutions to various story-threads, you won't find them.So going in I knew this would be a lot of build up and no resolved plot threads that characterized by the other books in the series. It wouldn't be the first time Erikson has, in my estimation, used a book to move pieces into place for a later pay off. In spite of this knowledge this book still felt a bit slow for good lengths of time. The new characters were pretty great, I liked where all the various plot lines were converging, and the last two chapters were both amazing and heart wrenching, but given how long it took me to finish (two and a half months) I would rank this book as the weakest of the series. And considering it is really only half of a larger novel that makes sense. I mean, even the classics would be pretty piss-poor books if they ended half way through. I may reassess this in light of how the final book turns out but for now this is a low four star book.This book is an essential stage of the journey to the conclusion of this epic and amazing series. There are lots of fascinating revelations and journeys that significantly alter characters or how you view them. We meet some neat new characters and say good bye to others (though for how long is anyone's guess considering how screwed up death is these days). The problem was with such a large cast of characters and plot lines is just as one plot narrative was getting some steam behind it I would get to a new chapter that deals with a completely different group of characters. Rinse and repeat that for 800 pages and you can see why it took so long to finish this book. Still, if you have gotten this far in the series this book will certainly not turn you off for the conclusion.Of course, even being the weakest of the Malazan books doesn't mean it didn't have some fantastic prose. And since this was the first half of a bigger novel, I figured I would give you, good reader, two titles for my traditional Malazan quotes run down:Queens can't be good at everything/Just remember that scholars write the history books: "...look at my blanket! My beloved wife has begun embroidering it - see, there at the hem, above my left knee.""Ah, I see. Very nice.""Very nice?""Well, I can't quite make out what it's supposed to be.""Me neither. She's not very good, is she?""No, she's terrible. Of course, she's an academic.""Precisely.""After all, if she had any skill at sewing and the like -""She'd never have settled for the scholarly route?""Generally speaking, people useless at everything else become academics."Subtle has so many different flavors/I didn't like that pot anyway: "Now, I must ask, what's wrong?""Wrong?""We've known each other for a long time," said Tehol. "My sense are exquisitely honed for reading the finest nuances in your mood. I have few talents but I do assert, howsoever immodestly, that I possess exceptional ability in taking your measure.""Well," sighed Bugg, "I am impressed. How could you tell I'm upset?""Apart from besmirching my wife, you mean?""Yes, apart form that."Tehol nodded towards the pot Bugg was holding, and so he looked down, only to discover it was no longer a pot, but a mangled heap of tortured metal. Sighing, he let it drop to the floor. The thud echoed in the chamber."It's the subtle details," said Tehol, smoothing out the creases in his Royal Blanket."Not just children/Maybe you aren't throwing it hard enough: "Giving advice to a child is like flinging sand at an obsidian wall. Nothing sticks. The brutal trust is that we each suffer our own lessons...You cannot gift a child with your scars...No matter how noble your intent, the only scars that teach them anything are the ones they earn themselves.Never stand next to a hero/One man's virtue is another man's mania:...that so many so-called virtues, touted as worthy aspirations, possessed a darker side. Purity of heart also meant viscous intransigence. Unfaltering courage saw no sacrifice as too great, even if that meant leading ten thousand soldiers to their deaths... Noble vows could drown a kingdom in blood, or crush an empire into dust. No, the true nature of heroism, was a messy thing, a confused thing of innumerable sides, many of them ugly, and almost all of them terrifying.Sadly all too applicable to the real world Part 1/The beginning of many endings:Desperation delivers poison counsel.Sadly all too applicable in the real world Part 2/It seemed like a good idea at the time: Justice is a sweet notion. Too bad its practice ends up awash in innocent blood."Always get an expert's opinion/But who's on first?: "Now then, since I hear the Malazan entourage on its way in the hallway and beyond: Brys, how big do you want to make your escort?""Two brigades and two battalions, sire.""Is that reasonable?" Tehol asked, looking around."I have no idea," Janath replied. "Bugg?""I'm no general, my Queen.""We need an expert opinion, then," said Tehol. "Brys?"Lists are important/the bliss of ignorance: "There the real reason Fid was so reluctant. His reading fed into what Icarium made here all those months back.""Made?" Ebron demanded. "Made what?""I'm not sure -""Liar.""No, Ebron, I'm really not sure...but I have an idea. Do you want to hear it or not?""No, yes. Go on, I need to finish my list of reasons to commit suicide."Everything looks weird from an outsiders perspective/The class divide as explained by scat: "There are so many factions in that court it makes college faculty look like a neighborhood sandbox. And you may not know it, but that is saying something.""A sandbox?""You know, in the better-off streets, the community commons - there's always a box of sand for children to play in, where all the feral cats go to defecate.""You privileged folk have strange notions of what your children should play in."Good old fashioned diplomacy/At least there's a system in place: "Is there precedent for our assistance in such conflicts?""There is. We ask, you say 'no', and we go home. Sometimes you say, 'Of course, but first let us have half a thousand brokes of pasture land and twenty ranks of tanned hides, oh, and renounce sovereignty of the Kyrn Freetrade Lands, and maybe a royal hostage of two.' To which we make a rude gesture and march home."Never make a wizard angry/Have you considered the benefits of anaerobic respiration?: Quick Ben extended his sense, until he could feel the very air around the creatures, could follow the currents of that air as they slipped through the gills into the reptilian lungs. He reached out to encompass as many of them as possible.And then he set the air on fire.Misery DOES love company/It can always get worse.: "I don't mind being miserable, so long as I have someone to talk to. Being miserable without anyone to talk to is far worse."Kids these days.../Don't trust anyone over 30: Never trust a nostalgic old man - or old woman I suppose. Every tale they spon has a hidden agenda, a secret malice for the present. They make the past - their version of it - into a kind of magic potion. 'Sip this, friends, and return to the old times, when everything was perfect.'"There are, naturally, a ton more (many of them featuring Tehol and Bugg, et. al.) but no need for me to cherry pick all the good quotes from this book.

  • Terence
    2019-01-25 00:45

    It was possible (perhaps) through book three (Memories of Ice) to offer a reasonably concise summary of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. By this point, however, trying to untangle all of the threads Erikson’s woven is like trying to untangle the Gordian Knot of politics in the Middle East. Which is one of the more attractive elements in Erikson’s opus – he refuses to simplify his characters’ motivations and the complicated clash of their many goals.And, boy, are things beginning to clash.In Reaper’s Gale, the Bonehunters arrived on the Letherii empire’s continent like the title’s storm reference as they marched to their fated, unwitnessed final battle. At the end of that book, Letheras had fallen; Rhulad Sengar, the undying Edur emperor was dead (by Karsa Orlong’s hand); a friendly regime under Tehol Beddict had assumed power; and the Errant had been chased from the city of Letheras. But there were intimations of the coming apocalypse – for example, the K’Chain Che’Malle were again active, and despite his defeat, the Errant was gathering together the Elder Gods in a bid to return to power.In Dust of Dreams, the ultimate “enemy” remains elusive. Is it the Crippled God? Maybe. But Tavore may be marching to free him. Is it the Forkrul Assail? Perhaps. Their concept of “justice” would erase all intelligent life on the planet. Is it the K’Chain Nah’ruk? The K’Chain Che’Malle? Is the ultimate enemy the Elder Gods? And it seems like every side aims, to some extent, to wipe the slate clean and begin the cycle over again.A short list of the vying factions would include:The Bonehunters Tavore continues to be an enigma to her troops, apparently so crushed by what she sees ahead that she can’t burden the people relying upon her with the knowledge lest they succumb entirely to despair. Of course, that’s doing nothing for the morale of the legion. Despite Y’Ghatan and Malaz City, the army remains shaky and unsure of itself.The Khundryl and the Perish Greywolves Though the Khundryl remain firm allies of the Adjunct they appear to have been broken by the “wrong” battle that engulfs the armies when they run into the K’Chain Nah’ruk. And Tanakalian, the Shield Anvil of the Perish, is corrupted by ambition and may break in the final battle.The Letherii Under Brys Beddict, I think they’ll remain allies of Tavore.The K’Chain Che’Malle The last group of K’Chain (the Acyl) have gained a new lease on life under humans – the Destriant Kalyth, the Mortal Sword Gesler and the Shield Anvil Stormy (the latter two kidnapped from the Bonehunters to lead the K’Chain legions against the Nah’ruk). They also are instrumental in deciding the fate of Icarium (yes, that long journey finally comes to an end).The T’lan Imass Actually there are several factions emerging among the Imass – Onos T’oolan has died again and Olar Ethil resurrected him to be her tool of vengeance; the Unbound have returned and are moving to join the Bonehunters; and Rud Elalle, the half-human son of Menandore and Udinaas, has left the Refugium to protect it and the newborn Azath (Kettle).The Jaghut A hitherto unknown group of Jaghut, connected to Hood in some way, have appeared. What their motivations and goals are remain hidden.And then there’s the Forkrul Assail, the Elder Gods, the new gods (the Elders’ children), Shadowthrone and Cotillion, etc. The mind reels trying to sort things out…Erikson continues to maintain a good balance between the particular lives of his characters and the “macrocosmic” aspects of the novel. And despite the novel’s deep rooted pessimism, individuals’ actions continue to mean something. Just like the hope of rebirth after Ragnarok, there’s hope of survival after whatever the Adjunct is marching into in the Wastelands.Another element in Erikson’s work that I find attractive is that he also refuses to identify a “good” and an “evil.” Even the Crippled God receives a measure of sympathy. After all, he didn’t ask to come to the Malazan’s world; he was dragged here by a cabal of wizards who were attempting to bring down Kallor’s empire. He’s been chained so that the gods can feed off of his power. Who wouldn’t be a little bit irritated by that? Or there’s the matter of the Pannion Seer – she was an undead K’Chain Matron, driven insane. And speaking of the K’Chain Che’Malle, even they get a sympathetic nod in Dust. The only race who remain wholly inimical are the Forkrul Assail.I look forward to Book 10 with an anticipation I haven’t felt for a similar series in a long time.

  • David Sven
    2019-01-17 02:09

    In the Author's Note at the beginning of the book Steven Erikson has made it clear that this book is the first half of a two volume novel. The finale to the series was just going to be too long to fit in a single book, and both books are a meaty 1200 + pages each.There are a lot of story arcs from the series now converging in this book plus a few new ones. There is almost too much happening, but if you've come this far then there's nothing for it but to plow through "wide-eyed stupid" because there are a lot of answers and revelations that make it all worthwhile.The main story (What I call the main story anyway) takes us back to Lether City where Tehol is the new ruler of the Letherii empire. Yes, Bugg is still in his employ as Chancellor, Treasurer and Ceda - and just as well as Tehol insists that all three be in consensus on all decisions. Our Bonehunters are guests of the reformed empire, but Adjunct Tavore has no intention of staying put. A reading of the Deck of Dragons is called for and all hell breaks loose as new positions in the Deck are assigned in a violent free-for-all as the gods snatch up new conscripts in their coming war.East of the Bonehunters the largest piece of the Crippled God lies, drawing Ascendants and Elder gods alike. Some want him dead, most want to chain him down and leech off his power, and none wants to share. Least of all, I suspect, Shadowthrone whose fingerprints are all over this convergence in his own bid for dominance - or at least equality with the other gods - but I dare say he won't say no to complete dominance, bwahahahaha!But Adjunct Tavore doesn't give a rats about what the gods want. In fact she intends to march east to put all the gods in their place. But to do that she has to take her Bonehunters across the wastelands - a desert of dust and bones and dead things that won't stay dead, and . . . what's that? K'Chain Che'malle?!@##! And what's she got in answer to that? The Malazan Marine! With brotherhood, flesh and steel and a few explosives. Boo-yah! What? Is that it? Well she also has Quick Ben, and Fiddler, and Dead Hedge, possibly some undead Bridgeburners, and oh, she also just happens to be sister to The Master of The Deck. Maybe she has a hoods breath of a chance after all.Anyway, there's a lot to get ones head around so luckily we do get some comic relief. We have Tehol and Bugg as already mentioned. We have a schizophrenic Dragon - or was it two dragons that were disembodied before being trapped in single dead Tiste Andii body - before being freed to possess a couple of chicken sized dinosaur skeletons - which they insist they prefer to their old dragon forms - yeah right. And then there's my favourite, the Toblekai Ublala Pung. He's on a mission to raise an army for Karsa Orlong. But first he has to march east to save the world. How's he going to do that? Why he's found a large two handed magical mace. Which is just as well because saving the world is hungry work, and that there mace will come in handy for killing chickens. He's also attracted the company of an Elder god (no, not Bugg, another one) which is just perfect because what else is a god good for if not collecting chickens? he also has a very large horse, or so his multitude of women(he likes his women) keep telling him.All he needs now is a pair of oversized drug store shades, a boom box over his other shoulder, he's already got the swagger and the nod so he just needs to learn the words to "Sexy and I Know it." Because he is sexy and he knows it and he's not afraid to show it. Ooohh yeeahhh! EditJust as good on the reread.

  • Shobhit Sharad
    2018-12-25 01:06

    Dust of Dreams is, quite simply, one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. This book is extremely rich and delicious in terms of plots and actions and moments; and as ever the characters are the roots of this epic series. Only Steven Erikson can create a beautiful love story in one scene and end it tragically in another; he can create bonds which run across the definitions of friendship and love. No one, at this point in the series, needs introduction to the huge Malazan world. It is apt to say that this book is all that fantasy is about, all my senses have been amply satisfied and I thirst for more.

  • Lori
    2019-01-06 01:52

    I'm too emotionally drained to write much. And I thought the other books preceding this was dark! Nihilism pervades. I have no idea where Erickson will take us in what follows. Just what does he mean with all this talk of ending the world? Wiping it clean of corruption and evil so we can start again? Karsa does not appear in DoD, and isn't even mentioned, but I was constantly aware of his upcoming role. And yet, and yet, in the smallest gestures of comraderie, he gives us a slight hope.I'll try to write more later, all I can say is I finished this last night and still am somewhat doggedly shadowed (heh) by thoughts and emotions.

  • Lee
    2019-01-14 21:58

    Story: 5/51: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provokingBook nine in the series of Malazan: Book of Fallen is an story of building tension and an overall feeling that you are getting to the end of the story. Which knowing that this book has 1000 pages and so does book ten shows you the sheer size of the ending to come. The Malazan story for me has always been more than a novel. When I started out reading these books I was dismayed every time I opened the front cover and saw all the new characters in each book. But as we get to the final chapters in the story I am proud that characters are thrown in the mix and I know them all, they all have meaning to me. I have really immersed myself into this story. Dust of Dreams never failed to keep me excited, i read every page eager to get to the next one, the characters continue to develop (more on that in the next part) and I was kept guessing as to what each little piece of information meant in the overall scheme of things. I have read over 10000 pages of this story (if you include ICE) and I can honestly say, I have no idea what is going to happen in the last book. The only thing I know for sure is, I’ll be surprised.Characters: 5/51: Unrealistic/unbelievable. Feel nothing for these characters5: Fully engaged with the characters, believable. Researched.I really don’t know how Erikson does what he does with characters. It is easy to say that he is a great character writer, but to be honest, there must be 500 characters in this series and he has different personalities for a lot of them. What has surprised me the most, is how the main characters have continued to develop and grow with the story. Fiddler for example is nothing at all like Fiddler from Deadhouse Gates. His experiences has changed the man, and Erikson had captured that change in his personality wonderfully.Read Weight: HeavyFluffy, Light, Solid, Heavy, StruggleAll Malazan books are heavy, there is no light reading.Engagement: 5/51: Not fussed about finishing5: Could stay up all nightLucky for me i was on vacation for a week and had 4 hours a day to read. Otherwise I would have stayed up all night. Word of warning, make sure you have plenty of time available when you start the last book, it moves at a frenetic pace and impossible to put down. Especially the battle scene.Recommend: 5/51: Would advise you to read something else5: Go read it now. It is THAT goodYeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before. Only read this if you’ve invested time and effort into the series. Otherwise it just wont make sense.

  • Dara
    2019-01-13 01:00

    Dust of Dreams is part 1 of a 2 part finale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, and boy was I disappointed. The book is slow, meandering, and spends too much time on internal philosophizing for the penultimate book in this epic series.I suppose the disappointment is my fault. I went into Dust of Dreams expecting things to start wrapping up, preparing for the endgame. I thought we wouldn't get many new characters or plotlines. I was very wrong. Even this close to the end, Steven Erikson does not take it easy on the reader. He introduced a slew of new characters, none of which I care about, and new plotlines with the new characters that I mostly skimmed.There are good things in this book. There's a reading of the Deck of Dragons early on and it's one of the most exciting things in the book. Almost all of the chapters dealing with the Malazans are good and Erikson can write a great finale. Part 4 is so tightly paced that I was left wishing that the whole book had that same focused storytelling.I'll keep this review short because I really don't have anything nice to say at this point. This is my least favorite in the series, beating out Midnight Tides. I'm not eager to start The Crippled God after being so let down by Dust of Dreams.

  • Jakyro
    2019-01-10 03:50

    Dust of Dreams (DoD) is one of the slower books in the series and I assume this is one of the reasons why it gets lower ratings than some other books. Personally I feel this is still a stong book; it's indeed not the most action packed book, but after the rather disappointing Toll The Hounds (it dragged too much and had too much filler) I feel Erikson really picks up the story again in this book. And eventhough Erikson puts a warning about a cliff hanger at the end, it didn't bother me a bit. Erikson finishes it off with one of his trademark endings; a truely magnificant convergence . It's not my favourite book in the series but definitely a good one!Story:The main story picks up where Reaper's Gale ended, in Letheras, in the centre of the Lether Empire. Tehol is the new ruler with Bugg as his Chancellor, Treasurer and Ceda and with his brother Brys in control of the army. The Bonehunters are still guests of the empire, but Adjunct Tavore is already preparing to set out on a new goal; to march into the eastern Wastelands for an unknown cause against an unknown enemy. As the story progresses we learn that the ulimate goal is to reach Kolanse. It's here that the largest piece of the Crippled God lies and it's this force that's drawning all sorts of powers. It's very likely that a final showdown will take place in this distant place. But before anything like this is going to happen, the Bonehunters still need to successfully cross the wastelands where an ancient enemy awaits them. In the meantime the Grey Helms have already travelled along the coastline and have landed in Bolkando. They have met with the representatives of the Bolkando empire and under their guidence are crossing these strange lands. Their first goal is to meet up with the Khundryl Burned Tears who have set out over land, and later to rendezvous with the Bonehunters. But their allegiance will be tested as rumours of betrayal are more present than ever.There are still other armies crossing these strange lands; there are the Barghast under leadership of Onos Toolan. They have crossed continents in search for their ultimate enemy. As Tool is struggling to keep them from more war, he is loosing his support among the different clans who want to prove their prowess in war. This will have grave consequences for Tool himself as for the Barghast who will finaly clash with the Akryn army.Further Curdle and Telorast are still into the game and have set their goals, Gods and Ascendants have their role to play in the events to come and the K'Chain Che'Malle together with their Destriant are in search of a Mortal Sword and a Shield Anvil in order to win a battle they are bound to lose ... In the end this is only a brief glance on events to come in this book as so much is happening. And than to think this is only a set-up for the final book ... The Crippled God, the ultimate conclusion in this fantastic series of Malazan Book of The Fallen.CharactersThere are a lot of returning characters but the Bonhunters remain my favourites. Their dynamic, camaraderie, ... it all adds up for a very pleasant read. Even when nothing much happened, the scenes incorporating the Bonehunters remained some of the most fun parts in the book. Besides the Bonehunters there are again some great scenes between Tehol and Bugg as well; they make an amazing duo and are some the best characters in the book. Also Tehol's brother Brys is one of my favourites. Besides these and other returning characters, Erikson can't resist to add a whole lot of new characters. The characterization isn't on par for these characters as with the ones we've followed during the whole series, but their addition always serves the overall story.Conclusion:It should be clear by now that this is one of my all time favourite series; superb writing, great characters, amazing worldbuilding, thrilling action packed scenes and endings, intricate story ... I can go on like this, but I would only become repetitive. This book is again a great addition to an amzing series. It's maybe not something for every fantasy reader, but definitely something everyone should have tried.Rating: 9/10Before reading the final instalment I'm now returning to Malazan Empire with Orb Sceptre Throne.

  • Carmine
    2019-01-20 22:07

    Paura e disillusione nelle Terre Desolate"Siamo polvere di sogni, polvere di tutto ciò che non siamo mai riusciti a conquistare. Polvere di ciò che avremmo potuto essere e di ciò che non possiamo evitare di essere."L'inesorabile discesa nelle Terre Desolate gronda sangue e puzza di merda; ammantato dai più nefasti presagi, l'arido deserto dimenticato dal mondo diventa crocevia di eroi decaduti, sciacalli, derelitti redivivi e folli con nient'altro che la fede a spingere le gambe, un passo dopo l'altro.In guerra nessuno ne esce vincitore; persino l'ideale più puro diventa un'arma a doppio taglio che può riscrivere la storia.

  • Geoff
    2018-12-26 06:07

    In past books, there would be new characters to follow but Erikson would make you care about them. In this book, he added a lot of new characters/plotlines and I connected with very little of it. I assume this was all to put the pieces in place for the final book and I can forgive him for that. But I felt I was bombarded with it in this book. Maybe Erikson spread himself too thin and therefore nothing had the desired affect. I don't know.K'Chain Che'Malle - Was very happy in getting a first hand POV of these guys. Looking forward to what might come in the future.Bonehunters - Didn't have much to do but are generally entertaining. Having the Letherii with them was interesting foil for what we love about the Malazans.Perish/Bolkando - I liked this part. Especially how wrong the Bolkando frequently were.Icarium - I feel the story structure Erikson used in these parts really detracted from what was happening.Shake/Snake/Barghast/Tool (and the other minor plotlines) - I feel like I was supposed to care about them (particularly the Snake) but I never did. These plotlines never held my interest.Despite this, I'm ready for book 10. Should be a great a finish.

  • Duffy Pratt
    2019-01-05 23:50

    This is only the second book I've read which contains the author's apology for having written an incomplete book. The other was Martin's A Feast for Crows, where Martin apologized for delivering only half a book, and promised that the next half, with all the characters we liked, would be out in another six months. (Martin delivered on that promise, but was a little bit late.) Erikson also apologizes for publishing a half a book, and excuses the existence of some cliffhangers on the structure that became necessary by having such a huge last book in mind.Let's forget the comparative writing speed for a moment and focus on the presence of cliffhangers. (Warning: there are spoilers herein for both Malazan series and Martin's series. Thanks to Rob for alerting me to this. Read further at your peril.) Martin has taken to ending every book with nauseating and pointless cliffhangers, and he's even adopted the tactic for almost every chapter. Erikson, on the other hand, has little or no need for cliffhangers. He keeps us so disoriented and confused on a regular basis that we might not even recognize a cliffhanger of his. Here, I spotted two genuine examples: First, Bugg has been summoned, and he's pissed. Second, Quick Ben appears to have been blown up, but its not confirmed and probably isn't so, or if it is so, its still not the last word on him.Otherwise, this book felt similar in structure to the other later books. We get introduced to some new folks, and have little or no idea why we should pay attention to them or care about them. Here, there is the Snake, the group of ghosts that are now bound together in another ghost's soul, the K'Chain Che Maille and their human destraint, and the White Face Barghast who are now led by Tool. I know many people get frustrated with Erikson's insistence on bringing in even more new characters, and whole new cultures. At this point, I accept this as his method, and roll with it. Yes, I share some of the impatience to get on with the characters we already know and love. But then I realize that, at least with many of those characters, there was a point in the series that I was a little annoyed because Erikson was introducing me to them, instead of sticking with the characters I already knew and loved.Furthermore, given the rate at which Erikson kills off his characters, there is at least some reasonable demand for the introduction of new ones. Martin made his career on killing off Ned Stark, and then killing Ned's wife and son at the Red Wedding. But Martin couldn't keep Caetlyn dead, and hasn't brought himself to kill anyone else important since then. (And please don't tell me you think Jon is actually dead, at least in any way that will last.) Erikson also has brought back more than a handful of dead guys, but he's way more merciless in killing off major characters. In this book, the death toll is pretty shocking. Erikson has often provided two climactic scenes during the first books of these series. Because this was only half a book, I was expecting a single climax. But, on this point, Erikson's apology was unnecessary. Here, there are two, and arguably three, climaxes. First we get the coup with the White Face Barghast, and the subsequent hobbling of Hetan. These passages rivaled the grossest parts of the entire series, in some ways even worse than the description of the cannibalistic hordes of the Pannion Seer. Worse, because the stuff with the Pannion seer always seemed to me to be the extreme extrapolation that a fantasy writer has the license to use. The hobbling, on the other hand, strikes me as being all too human, and I can imagine that some tribe actually practised it. In some ways it's comparable to the Hindi practice of burning wives upon the death of a husband.As a second climax, we have the "battle" that occurs with the White Face Barghast, but is interrupted rather forcefully by the return of Draconus from Dragnipur. And then there is the final battle with the short tail K'Chain. A two stage battle, this worked as a set piece almost as well as anything else in the series. I didn't like it quite as much as the seige in Memories of Ice, the betrayal at the end of Deadhouse Gates, the mule confrontation in Toll the Hounds, or the Y'Ghatan section of Bonehunters. But those are all extreme high points for me, and the end of this book only lags slightly behind.As an unfinished book, and a small piece of a much, much larger work, I have to say that I enjoyed this immensely. I don't think that Erikson needed to apologize at all, at least not for this work. At this point, I've come to expect Erikson to confound my expectations. And here, he again succeeded. (That raises the question: if you expect an author to confound your expectations, and the author suceeds, does that mean you got what you were expecting, or that you were confounded?)

  • Paul
    2019-01-12 22:41

    9 down 1 to go, but this book was the weakest installment in the series. For the most part, I have loved Malazan Book of the Fallen. I have been onboard with the series from the very beginning and even though each book was written in the same way I always thought that as the series ended things would get tighter. Well, it seems I was wrong. Dust of Dreams once again introduces the reader to a slew of new characters and story lines that intersect with the characters we have grown to love. I feel that Erikson and Esslemont wanted to create stories that were true to real life, where people dip in and out of other's lives, and our "stories" aren't as nice and neat as fiction. Along with that, creating a world that is constantly at flux and interacting with itself. In some fantasy, the outside individuals to a party are basically in a state of unchanging while the party does everything. This is not the case with Malazan, everything is twisting and turning together. This creates dynamic, intriguing stories, with a sense that anything can happen at any moment but when you are 9 books in, I want to at least see some natural progression towards an ending point. The reason I didn't like Dust of Dreams as much as the other books is because this could have been 600 pages shorter because the amount of actual story progression took up maybe 400 pages. Other books like Reaper's Gale and Toll the Hounds felt overly long but they never felt pointless. A large portion of Dust of Dreams feels pointless. Everything not related to the Malazan army, besides some of Tool's story, was not needed. Supposedly, Dust of Dreams and The Crippled God is one large book. Dust of Dreams is basically volume one of the final book. This means that we basically get a 1,000 page book that reads like the first two sections of all the other books. If you aren't a Malazan reader, those first two sections are usually building the groundwork for an interesting and more action-oriented 3rd and 4th sections. Because this is basically a 2,000 page book split in half, Dust of Dreams just doesn't feel right. Yes, Erikson gives the reader a warning right at the beginning of Dust of Dreams, telling us what we are to expect, but I'm still surprised that this was the choice made. All along I have had faith in Erikson to give me an ending to this series that was satisfactory but for the first time, I am a bit worried that it will all fall flat for me. That doesn't take away from the brilliance that are some of the previous books that I loved but I am so used to epic fantasy ramping up the quality as series go on but I have seen a decline in this series since Reaper's Gale. Toll the Hounds was fantastic but there was a lot of philosophical bloating in that story. With Dust of Dreams though is the first time I thought a lot of things just weren't needed.I really didn't want to give this book a 2 star rating but I had to because it just didn't work for me. There are some excellent scenes and probably after I finish the whole series it'll all blend together into one epic story anyways, but right now Dust of Dreams was a disappointment. 2/5

  • Miloš
    2019-01-20 02:45

    I can tell only this and that is that I am speechless... I am so scared that when I finish this serial I will be lost, and I want be able to enjoy in any other of the epic fantasy books.Steven, you brought me unbelievingly happiness with yours Malazan books on one side, and complete sorrow and fear what I can expect from other books in the future...

  • Tammy
    2019-01-25 04:47

    This was a bit slower than the rest but I still enjoyed it, especially the last 30%. A few ancient characters we've heard about in previous books make first appearances here. DOD sets the stage for the final book in this series and I must say, its looking to be a beast of a finale. My love for this series still grows.

  • Andor
    2018-12-27 03:08

    This was a chore to get through. I'm so disappointed.Erikson seems to have lost control of the story. The past books had some problems, but in this one I felt their weight much more.Superfluous philosophical inner monologues every step of the way, for example. I got used to skimming these, because they add nothing to the story or the feeling or the setting, or anything at all, really. Mostly self-repeating, overly dramatic thoughts are presented form each and every character.The story should near its conclusion, but instead, we are still introduced to whole new storylines, characters, new cultures and races and their pointless wars and conflicts, the same characters and same notions over and over again, under different names.But the biggest problems is that the whole book, the whole story and everything in it is exaggerated. You can no longer be surprised. Powers unimaginable are beaten senseless by powers more unimaginabler, but the most unimaginablest come in and swipe them off with amounts of power nobody could imagine. Armies with bigger and stronger and faster and more numerous numbers, who can't be defeated, are annihilated in the next chapter, just to be avenged by one lone, ancient warrior/god/ascendant who can wipe the whole planet off with one sorrowful slash of an unimaginably unimaginable sword that has no match in the world... for as long as the next chapter at least, where it is annihilated by a force you wouldn't believe, by a man with a compassion so much you would weep and cry out if you tried to imagine. What?The whole book is comical this way, I just couldn't take it seriously anymore. Like some japanese anime on speed, I rolled my eyes so much. And really, if I wanted to summarize what happened... I couldn't. Not much happened, nothing that makes any sense anyway. The story is a mess.I will have to read the finale of course. I guess I will again see a whole new race and continent and a new cast, but that is expected. I will no longer struggle through the philosophical musings of each and every farmer and street urchin though, I cannot bear that again. I'll just skim through it all, to see where this whole thing is going.

  • Chris Berko
    2019-01-24 03:00

    There is no combination of words I can put together to convey the awesomeness that is this series. No barrage of cliches can do any sort of justice to how incredible this story actually is. The action, the emotion, the imagery, this guy Erikson is peerless.I'm sad there is only one more book left in this sequence but I am excited for the rereads that I know are in my future.

  • Scott
    2019-01-19 23:47

    At this point, I feel like I'm rating each of these books in relation to the series as a whole. This one had some serious problems, mainly the first half. Just really a whole lot of shit I couldn't have cared less about and didn't seem all that important to the story. Of course, once I passed the halfway mark a lot of those threads started coming together and made the story more enjoyable. And, really, impossible to put down. True to the rest of the series, this one had some heartbreaking moments that I'm currently having a hard time with. You'd think after 9 books things would start to become clearer but I'm still at a loss for where this series will end. I'm equal parts excited, confused, and worried at how things will shape out.

  • KostasAt
    2019-01-07 22:47

    9/10Dust of Dreams, the penultimate installment of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, transports us for one last time on the continent of Lether, with Steven Erikson - having now set the final stages - starting the last chapter in this two-volume finale as the story slowly approaches toward its end, but preparing at the same time and the road for the culmination in the next book, taking us into a story and into a great adventure that - through his very powerful writing that always brings awe and wonder - aims to leave us behind with a truly unique and unforgettable experience.After a series of wars, the people of the Empire of Lether have, at long last, been freed from the sufferings that followed them from the uncontrolled desires for death and blood of their rulers, leaving them now to begin anew their lives on this land that so much troubled their tired souls, bringing them under the rule of a just King - a good King.Far away in the Wastelands, though - a place where nothing survives but only death - the power of a fallen god has begun to attract other forces to its conquest: marines, marching on their final mission - and to their deaths; barbarians, exasperated from their unsatisfied vengeance for justice; undead beings, awakening from their eternal lethargy; disgraced gods, gathering again under a common purpose - forces that, in the midst of all that, will bring back to the world an ancient race - forgotten through the millennia - seeking to destroy anyone and anything that gets on its way. A clash of powerful, ancient forces that may even annihilate this world and everything they love once and for all!Months have passed since the battle in the heart of the city of Letheras, and now, peace and prosperity abounds amidst the Empire, giving the possibility to its people and to its new King - who has so much caused a new fashion among them with his peculiar personality - along with his loyal Chancellor to build this great city and their lives again, but for Adjunct Tavore and her renegade marines, the Bonehunters, yet another battle awaits them.Having felt the ever growing power that all the more attracts superior beings into the Wastelands, the Bonehunters will begin to prepare their supplies with the help of the new King of the Letherii to travel to this barren land where only death abides. But when Adjunct Tavore asks for a casting of the Deck of Dragons - to see what fate holds for them, and what forces follow them - a restlessness will begin to spread between the ranks of the soldiers, causing the loss of their self-confidence and the ability to execute even the simplest orders, and making this journey even harder.Yet, when their journey comes to its end, and an enemy who did not expect falls onto them in the heart of the Wastelands, if they do not manage to restore their lost self-confidence soon, they will find themselves in a great war that may prove fatal not only for them, but also and for all who dwell in this world.In the eastern regions, in the Akryn lands, the clans of the White Face Barghast - lead now by Tool, their new Warleader, and his beloved, Hetan, the daughter of Humbrall Taur - have after a long time returned to their ancient homelands, wanting to pay back in blood those who drove them out of their homes. However, with the fall of their enemies from the hands of others, their desire for vengeance was left unfulfilled, bringing between them an unrest and a great indignation as they desperately seek somewhere to break out their anger and unleash that irresistible thirst for blood, challenging anyone that comes near them.But, when whispers begin to get into the ears of the clan leaders, and the army of the Akrynnai answers to their challenges, Tool and Hetan - who have tried so hard to lead them on the right path - will find themselves soon amidst a rebellion that will divide the clans of the Barghast, bringing them into great dangers that may cost the lives of theirs and of their children's, and threatening also to bring the destruction and to all they have achieved so far.At the same time, in the Bolkando Kingdom, Warleader Gall of the Khundryl Burned Tears, with his tribe having reached in an indignation for the overpricing of the trade that was imposed on them by the greedy mediators - wanting now nothing more than blood for the injustice than was done to them, and Krughava and Tanakalian of the Perish Grey Helms - chosen of the Wolves of Winter - sent as envoys to prepare the way for Adjunct Tavore and the Bonehunters, will find themselves against their own challenges, bringing them deep into the corruption of this kingdom, and if they fail to find a solution through this difficult situation, they will have to face a war that can destroy everything.Deep into the Wastelands, on the other hand, Kalyth - having survived a worse fate when her tribe was wiped out and was left to wander in this barren land - has been chosen by the K’Chain Che’Malle Matron to a task of insurmountable honor which no one else can take on: to find two humans among the mortals of this world who will help save the last survivors of their kind before it is too late.Traveling, however, along with her chosen K’Chain Che’Malle companions through the Wastelands, this quest will prove on the way more difficult to its fulfillment than they had expected, and soon, a force - an invisible enemy so vast and powerful - will begin to pursue them, putting them against a challenge that can very easily bring them all to their annihilationMeanwhile, Yan Tovis and Yedan Derryg, leading the people of Shake through the Road of Gallan in a desperate attempt to save them and everything they have left, Sandalath and Withal, following on a similar path, Sinn and Grudd, wandering through the newly created, unknown Warrens, Setoc and Torrent, fallen under a common destiny, Shurq Elalle, taking on a new mission, Ublala Pung, discovering an artifact of enormous power, Badalle, dragging herself behind the cursed children of the Snake as they travel through the Wastelands, and a ghost, trailing the lost souls of his companions as he searches for its forgotten past, will, too, find themselves in their own adventures, bringing them against with great dangers and challenges that, at the end of the road, may even mark and their lives forever.Yet, when an ancient race emerges from the depths of the past - so strong and deadly as its close kin - gathering in the heart of the Wastelands, seeking to eliminate anyone who opposes them in their restoring of its lost dominion above all, these battles will become even more difficult, and soon a great clash of forces will begin; a clash of vast power that will threaten to annihilate everything in its path, and if these heroes fail to overcome their fears, it will judge the fate of them, the world and all of what they knew.Dust of Dreams is the first book through the entire series that has no epilogue, having instead for the first time an end that leaves you in a cliffhanger - and that’s because it works as a big introduction for the next and last book, The Crippled God.Of course, splitting a story in two parts - and especially a story that is the finale of a big series like this one - is never easy, and indeed, with Steven Erikson preparing here only the ground Dust of Dreams from a first look may seem as a disappointment with its somewhat slow, introductory plot. Considering, however, the vastness of this world - as much in landscapes, cities and worlds as in races, people, and characters - all these remarkable things that Erikson has brought with his so much imagination and creativeness from the very beginning is, I believe, not only necessary, but of great importance too for the proper development and the completion of this last chapter that will give the highest possible climax in the story, and an end that will close the series - this wondrous series - with a grand finale as it truly deserves.Dust of Dreams, therefore, though having a much slower pace than the rest of the series, is not a book that we could call as worthless as it has its own tale to tell, and indeed, with Erikson setting the ground for the last book what he has done here is something truly great.Through a large set of characters, Erikson slowly builds their personalities from the beginning of the book with absolute mastery, managing to create once more a multi-faceted story of many levels using simply specific scenes that - even with this much slower pace - manage to spread their power, succeeding at influencing both the heroes and the story itself, and to travel us each time through a whirlwind of emotions that shows the depth of his writing and of his professionalism that always raises his books in a higher - much higher level.The book, however, does not lack the usual characteristics that have marked the series since its beginning, bringing us again into the depths of the city of Kharkanas and its lost histories - revealing us secrets long lost and forgotten - as well and into one of the oldest races of this world, the K’Chain Che’Malle - seeing them this time from their own point of view that has truly so much to say - but also bringing at the end and a sequence of battles in a great clash of powerful forces which will change everything in this world, shaking to its foundations as never before, and leaving us to await in supspense for its conclusion in the second half of the story.Overall, Dust of Dreams has a much slower pace than the rest of the series, but through his powerful writing, Erikson manages to make another wonderful story, raising his characters in a much higher level as he slowly brings them to a climax - and us, together, in a whirlwind of emotions - but preparing us at the same time and for an exciting grand finale in the next and final book as we have never seen before.

  • Kalin
    2019-01-01 06:00

    Въпросът, който завлече четвъртата звездичка и я блъсна в земята като разпердушинена sky keep, беше: „Защо се случва всичко това? Какво оправдава поредните порои от кръв и кости? Ще успее ли краят на пътя да се надигне толкова високо, че да запуши дупката в разкъсваното (ли разкъсвано) сърце на този читател?“Останалите ми впечатления в хронологичен ред:~ Последната книга от Малазанската поредица (правилно ме прочетохте: последната ;) започва повече от обещаващо. Първо, какво повече му трябва на читателя от сцена между Техол (view spoiler)[(на трона и обут в любимото си одеяло – само и единствено в него) (hide spoiler)], благоверната му (view spoiler)[кралица (hide spoiler)] и (твърде) благосклонната главатарка на Гилдията на плъхоловците? След като е видял (читателят) как Grub и Sinn си гукат сладко-сладко, докато хлътват потайно в хвърлила топа Азат къща? (view spoiler)[(Точно оная Sinn, да – която в някакъв преден том онемя. И точно ония Grub и Sinn – децата, растящите, обещанието за Следващото.) (hide spoiler)] А също и как се държи с тях двамата (и малките кученца) най-любимият на мразеният от всички капитан Kindly?За тоя читател не знам, но аз не бих отказал и два от по-размислящите пасажи:https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/3211526(view spoiler)[В превод на Валерий Русинов:Всеки умира в самота в края на краищата. Съвсем проста истина. Истина, от която никой не трябва да се бои. Духовете чакаха, преди да хвърлят присъдата си над една душа, чакаха тази душа — в самотата на умирането й — да отсъди сама живота, който е живяла, и ако от това произтечеше мир, то духовете щяха да проявят милост. Терзание ли яхнеше Бялата кобила, духовете знаеха как да отвърнат. Когато душата се изправеше срещу самата себе си, в края на краищата, бе невъзможно да излъже. Измамните аргументи кънтяха на фалш, лековатата им слабост бе твърде очевидна, за да се пренебрегне. (hide spoiler)](Който лаконично улавя някои от собствените ми схващания за отвъдното, към днешна дата.)И:https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/3211542(view spoiler)[В превод на В. Русинов:Да даваш съвет на дете е все едно да хвърляш пясък по стена от обсидиан. Нищо не полепва. Жестоката истина е, че всеки от нас понася собствените си уроци — не можеш да ги заобиколиш. Не можеш да се измъкнеш покрай тях. Не можеш да дариш едно дете с белезите от своите рани — те идват като паяжини, стягат, задушават и това дете ще се бори и напъва, докато не се скъсат. Колкото и благородно да е намерението ти, единствените белези, които ги учат на нещо, са тези, които са си спечелили сами. (hide spoiler)]~ It's good to have Tehol around. To wash away the poison ....(Right, Brys?)~ Защо Малазанската книга e~принадлежи~се посвещава на падналите?Това, което ще цитирам по-долу, е:а) някакъв отговорб) Crowning Moment of Awesomeв) тежък, ТЕЖЪК спойлър:(view spoiler)[Kalyth saw the grey-bearded soldier’s faint smile and it transformed his falcon’s eyes into something that seemed capable of holding, without flinching, the compassion of an entire world. He leaned forward on his saddle, the horn creaking as it bent on its hinge. ‘Aye, we’re no gods, and we’re not going to attempt to replace him beneath that rotted cowl. We’re Bridgeburners, and we’ve been posted to Hood’s Gate—one last posting— (...) ‘You see us as Guardians of the Gate, but we are more than that. We are—or will become—the new arbiters, for as long as is necessary. Among us there are fists, mailed gauntlets of hard violence. And healers, and mages. Assassins and skulkers, sappers and horse-archers, lancers and trackers. Cowards and brave, stolid warriors.’ He hitched a half-smile. ‘And we’ve found all manner of unexpected . . . allies. In all our guises, Destriant, we shall be more than the Reaper ever was. We are not distant. Not indifferent. You see, unlike Hood, we remember what it was to be alive. We remember each and every moment of yearning, of desperate need, the anguish that comes when no amount of beseeching earns a single instant’s reprieve, no pleading yields a moment’s mercy. We are here, Destriant. When no other choice remains, call upon us.’The ice of this realm seemed to shatter all around Kalyth and she staggered as warmth flooded through her. Blessed—no, the blessing of warmth. Gasping, she stared up at the unnamed soldier as tears filled her eyes. ‘This . . . this is not the death I imagined.’‘No, and I give you this. We are the Bridgeburners. We shall sustain. But not because we were greater in life than anyone else. Because, Destriant, we were no different.’ (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[В превод на В. Русинов:Калит видя смътната усмивка на сивобрадия и тя преобрази соколовите му очи в нещо, която сякаш можеше да побере, без да трепне, състраданието на целия свят. Той се наведе и рогът на седлото се огъна и изпука.— Да, не сме богове и няма да се опитваме да го заместим под онази изгнила качулка. Ние сме Подпалвачи на мостове и сме поставени на пост пред Портата на Качулатия — последния ни пост… (...) Виждаш ни като Стражи на Портата, но ние сме повече от това. Ние сме — или ще бъдем — новите съдници, за толкова дълго, колкото потрябва. Сред нас има железни юмруци, безмилостни и жестоки. И лечители, и магове. Убийци и саботьори, сапьори и конни стрелци, копиеносци и следотърсачи. Страхливи и храбри, стабилни воини. — Добави с полуусмивка: — И сме намерили всякакви неочаквани… съюзници. С цялата ни маскировка, дестраянт, ще бъдем повече, отколкото Жътваря беше изобщо. Ние не сме отчуждени. Не сме безразлични. Виждаш ли, за разлика от Гуглата, ние помним какво е да си жив. Ние помним всеки един миг на копнеж, на отчаяна нужда, на болка, която идва, когато никакви молби не печелят нито миг опрощение, никакво умоляване не носи нито миг милост. Ние сме тук, дестраянт. Когато не остане друг избор, призови ни.Ледът на този свят сякаш се разби около Калит и тя се олюля, щом топлината нахлу в нея. Благословена топлина. Изохка и се взря в неназования воин. Сълзи изпълваха очите й.— Това… това не е смъртта, която си представях.— Не е, признавам. Ние сме Подпалвачите на мостове. Ние ще устоим. Но не защото сме били по-велики приживе от всеки друг. А защото, дестраянт, не сме с нищо по-различни. (hide spoiler)]~ Тия дни се улисах със задачи (включително няколко други книги) и спрях да чета Малазана за над седмица. Резултатът е, че сега не съм съвсем сигурен дали някои герои съм ги срещал вече, или тепърва се включват в забавата.Та се зачудих как ли са се справяли всички, които са чели томовете с по година и повече пауза...(Това е принципен проблем с всяка поредица с многолюден ансамбъл от персонажи. Но в Малазаните е особено тежък, понеже усещам, че авторът МНОГО добре помни кой герой по каква траектория си се носи, и продължава да хвърля кукички и мостове. Горко на нас, разсеялите се.) ~ Удинаас в няколко щриха:https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/3248095(view spoiler)[В превод на В. Русинов:Той е достатъчно силен, за да застане открит, да открие всичко, което е уязвимо в него. Достатъчно смел е, за да те подкани да се доближиш още. Ако го нараниш, ще се оттегли, и тази пътека към него оттам насетне ще бъде завинаги запушена. Но той започва, като поднася себе си в дар. Това, което другият прави с дара му, определя бъдещето на конкретната връзка. (hide spoiler)]Приличаме си. ;)~ Да разширим малко щрихите покрай Удинаас:Огромна част от героите в епичното фентъзи са типажи, с които – да заема една фраза от „Песента на ханджията“ – не бих искал да съм под една и съща луна. Те бързо биха ме усмъртили – къде понеже им преча на ясното разделение „това тук е елф, онова – орк“ (и даже смея да им се смея понякога), къде от скука (моя, докато ги наблюдавам и слушам)...Героите на Ериксън ги наблюдавам и слушам, и им търпя пространните вътрешни монолози вече девет хиляди страници, понеже мнозинството от тях са образи. Характери. Не типажи, а типове. Пъстър народ с пъстри мисли. От тия, дето и мене размислят. В такава компания не скучая.По-скоро се питам какво ще правя, когато стигнем края на пътя. Къде да си търся следващата?

  • Hanzel
    2019-01-24 23:54

    After a long long hiatus from the Malazans, I have finally finished Book 9, what can I say everything is converging and nothing, I do not have any inkling on how this series will end...........It just shows how Mr. Erikson, with 8 books in this series, IS still able to make you guess on what will happen and how...........a lot of readers really feel lost on his style of writing and yes I do too (I am still lost with Badalle's story), but by the books end some of this questions are answered!!!An apt description of this book, it's title, some of the things go back to being dust, and every major player/character is dreaming of something!!!! Trying to review the Malazans, before maybe books 1 to 6 was easy, the story is linear, you have the start, fights, middle, more fighting and end, but the latter part of this series, it seems Mr. Erikson changed pace, we have more procrastinations, too much self analysis and less linear story...........Looking at the end part of the book, I can not help but notice Mr. Erikson is an archaelogist, a real one, maybe just maybe, just like his calling, his stories are meant to be dug deeper???Still an entertaining read minus some of those uhhhhhhh......chapters........and finally the Malazans one of the best army, I have ever read meet their match.......and we also have the different deities, ascendants, their part is almost over...............