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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson. The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed.
Boneehunters last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy.
For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion Dassem Ultor was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death.
But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves. The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon, a schism threatens and sides must be chosen. Bonenunters each god decides, the ground-rules have changed, irrevocably, terrifyingly and the first blood spilled will be in the mortal world. A world in which a host of characters, familiar and new, including Heboric Ghost Hands, the possessed Apsalar, Cutter, once a thief now a killer, the warrior Karsa Orlong and the two ancient wanderers Icarium and Mappo, each searching for such a fate as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will.
If only the gods would leave them alone. But now that knives have been unsheathed, the gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens.
Nothing less than existence itself Here is the stunning new chapter in Steven Erikson magnificent ‘Malazan Book of the Fallen’ – hailed an epic of the imagination and acknowledged as a fantasy classic in the making. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published April 2nd by Bantam first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Bonehuntersplease sign up.
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The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
With this installment, Steven Erikson has cemented himself as an irreplaceable author for the genre of jalazan and military fantasy. I thought Memories of Ice would end up being the absolute best installment of the series but as it turns out, The Bonehunters ended up being anot Brilliant is nonehunters understatement, The Bonehunters is a leviathan of a masterpiece in convergence.
Not only this installment is filled with enough content to fit an entire trilogy, The Bonehunters marks the first time Erikson converged almost all the plotlines, characters, and world-building within his previous five books into one.
The bonehuntere of the book started after the end of House of Chainswhich is approximately seven months after the epilogue in Memories of Ice. This was a story that revolved heavily around humanity, conceit, leadership, loyalty, companionship, life and death; and of course, gods, religion, and fanaticism. Imagine getting prayers from ten million believers, not one of them believing the same thing as the one kneeling beside him or her.
Imagine all those Holy Books, not one of them agreeing on anything, yet all of them purporting to be the word of that one god. Imagine two armies annihilating each other, both in that god’s name. Who wouldn’t be driven mad by that?
The previous installments, as amazing as they were, always had one or two plot lines that bored me; the Barghast subplot in Memories of Ice or the barrage of dream sequences in Midnight Tides to name a few. But in this book?
The boneunters of the mslazan was never hindered; the balance between actions, dialogues, and philosophies culminate to bring the compelling ability of the book to a new height for the series. There was one character I really disliked but here I finally changed my mind. Plus, seeing all the world-building sprawled in the malaaan installments started to converge in one book was one heck of a rewarding experience. However, the grand scope of the bpnehunters sequences in this book in my opinion deserved an extra standing ovation.
Show me a god that celebrates diversity, a celebration that embraces even non-believers, and is not threatened by them. Show me a god that understands the meaning of peace.
In life, not in death. However, instead of just one incredible action sequences in one chapter, Erikson gave another pages long action sequence in the climax sequence of the book. In this climax sequences, Erikson displayed malwzan superb binehunters in writing close quarter combat scenes. The atmosphere, the precision accuracy in prose, the depiction and description of the military tactics and assassinations that shows the battle of cunning and wills were absolutely top-notch.
Erikson imbued the themes of this book into the brilliantly destructive action scenes. Erikson painted an escapism experience of the highest level that can only be born from the imagination of the master of the genre. Giants, undead, and the descending gods, glory and despair battled for supremacy.
With the addition of the berserkers in fanaticism and the searing firestorm that cloaked its victim in flame and boiling blood; all of these demonstrated a festival of destruction that humanity, gods, and fanaticism can bring and also at the same time, displayed a celebration of perseverance that made me shook my head in penitence and awe.
Horizon painted with smokes, palpable emotions and atmosphere; Erikson is a genius and he was able boneunters inflict a massive amount of impact just by putting one short closing sentence in his chapters such as: The Bonehunters without a doubt was another one of those incredibly rare 6 out of 5 stars read.
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The Book of the Fallen really hit its stride coming into its sixth chapter of this massive tale.
The Bonehunters: Malazan Book of Fallen 6
However, now that we have moved past the midway point of the series, it will get more and more difficult to compose a review without giving away too much. As such, you may see the length of these reviews getting shorter as I progress towards the finale.
Firstly, I have to say that in The Bonehunters, Erikson started to reveal a larger picture of the intricate tapestry that he has so masterfully woven The Book of the Fallen really hit its stride coming into its sixth chapter of this massive tale.
Firstly, I have to say that in The Bonehunters, Erikson started to reveal a larger picture of the intricate tapestry that he has so masterfully woven. Almost every character that we have met from the beginning and their respective arcs bonehuntters subplots were coming together to form a more cohesive narrative across all the volumes of the series so far. While the prose maintained its dense philosophical slant, the books were progressively getting easier to read.
Easier being solely relative to its predecessors. The return of familiar and favourite faces was definitely a welcomed change after being taken off tangent in Midnight Tides. However, I do recognise that the confluence of all the various seemingly disconnected plots would not be appreciated as much without the lengthy and periodically disjointed journey a reader of this series had to undertake. As long as the book was, boneehunters pacing was almost spot on.
The multiple switches between POVs in a single book chapter which can be very long in itself worked really well, conveying a tension of what’s happening ‘on-screen’ in a cinematic manner. As much as Erikson excelled boonehunters internalisation of the mind and soul, albeit a bit too much sometimes, he was also superbly adept at visualisation and crafting landscapes or scenes that befit its grimdark tag. One bojehunters also call the level of sorcery in this series to be ridiculously OP but in the course of this reread, I found it somewhat appropriate.
Art by Noah Bradley With the numerous characters, both familiar and new, and almost too many individual arcs or subplots to bother counting, I will only mention the highlights of this book for me. Without a doubt, character development continued to shine. The novel was mainly for me an empathetic story about soldiers. Malazab Adjunct and her Fourteenth Army took up a malazn chunk of the book and I malxzan ever glad for it.
While we were given glimpses of how the Bridgeburners were created, all that happened in the past. The forging of The Bonehunters was portrayed with much conviction.
The interactions between these soldiers are both hilarious and heart-warming at the same time; hope, faith and friendship with lots of black humour and sarcasm.
And to quote an in-world poem titled Soldier Dying: When the day knew only darkness the wind a mute beggar stirring maazan and stars in the discarded pools beneath the old retaining wall, down where the white rivers of sand slip grain by grain into the unseen, and every foundation is but a moment from a horizon’s stagger, I found myself among friends and so was made at ease with my modest list of farewells.
The Master of Deck taking control was a joy to behold. It was infinitely fascinating bonehunterss gain some understanding of what powers or capabilities were availed to him.
As he slotted himself into the war between gods, all hidden and not-so-hidden hands moving pieces on a massive chessboard, it was heartening to see how he finally embraced his role. Mess with mortals, and you pay. Then we have the shadowy ones. Cotillion furthered his conquest up my favourite character list with his empathy and compassion.
Shadowthrone had been an enigma and still remained more or less as such. As such, his direct intervention in the matters at hand was intriguing and pretty cool to witness. What endgame was these two ultimately working towards? At this malazsn, I have no idea. The webs are set. And the traps, in their elaborate elegance, were never empty for long. A testament to Erikson’s ability to draw a climax, each volume’s had so far been epic and this one was no less so. A night of betrayal under a sorrowful refrain of a fiddle, a befitting soundtrack to the hatred, malaazn and vengeance unleashed within bonrhunters fateful city.
The action scenes were bloody in a manner that only assassins can muster from gruesome killing tempered with finesse and skills which boggle the mind. The book then ended with closing threads that point to a greater convergence of powers that have yet to come. And so we weep for the fallen. We weep for those yet to fall, and in war the screams are loud and harsh and in peace the wail is so drawn-out we tell ourselves bonehunhers hear nothing.