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Dust of Dreams (Book 9 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen) Hardcover – 18 Aug 2009

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  • Hardcover: 890 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (18 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593046331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593046333
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and set readers on the epic adventure that is his acclaimed 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence. He lives in Cornwall and is currently writing The Crippled God - the tenth and final chapter in what has been hailed 'a masterwork of the imagination'. To find out more, visit

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The penultimate book in one of the most original, exciting and acclaimed fantasy series of the new century...

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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, 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? Destinies 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 power that none can comprehend… In a faraway land and beneath indifferent skies, the final chapter has begun to close on the awesome Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dust of Dreams is the penultimate novel of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson's immense ten-volume saga chronicling the story of the Malazan Empire and its legions and the peoples and tribes it comes into contact with. More accurately, Dust of Dreams is also the first half of an immense 1,800-plus-page single novel, to be completed by The Crippled God when it follows (hopefully) next year. This, then, is the beginning of the end and the start of the final act of this immense series, certainly the most ambitious work of epic fantasy ever attempted.

Reviewing the ninth of a ten-book series feels slightly redundant. By now, people know if Erikson is for them or not. As a result, this review will likely be of most interest to those readers who perhaps felt that the series' second half has been more disappointing than its initial half, with the acceleration of the expansion of the cast of characters, concepts, races and forms of magic reaching an increasingly convoluted and over-complex pace. It is hard to argue with this, and the fact is that Dust of Dreams introduces yet many more new characters, ideas, forms of magic and concepts. Whilst it is certainly the case that we get some long-standing mysteries resolved in this book - like why exactly Tavore had to break with the Malazans and bring her army to the far side of the planet - other mysteries are left unaddressed or even further complicated by events.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 15 Dec. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The best characters have gone to his world creating partner. His story is now set in a substitute continent where not much happens. The best names have gone. The awesome mythology is a thing of the past. In this book the most boring characters wander aimlessly for thousands of pages in the dullest of all landscapes, a dry empty wilderness. Whether this is filling a contractual requirement when the author is bored stupid with the series or whether some quirk of the deal he had with Esslemont over the usage of the best characters, places and history, who knows but this books is simply a waste of paper and of my reading effort.

The first few books of this series are some of the very best fantasy I have ever read, worth ten stars at least. Who can ever forget the Chain of Dogs just for a start. It is correspondingly heartbreaking that the series has now sunk to the low of this book. So much marvellous and awe inspiring imagination gone. How can an author let that happen? It all started with the continent shift a few books back but I have laboured on for the odd moment of the old glory. That moment is entirely absent in this book, even the battle is a write off. Can I muster the cash or the desire to buy that last book in the series? I don't know if I really care how it ends now, I really don't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
As book 9 of 10 I was keen to read this and then the final book in a back to back sitting. The previous Erikson books have been read in a couple of days - Apart from Toll the hounds which was put down for a while. By the time I read this I'd exhausted my patence and was looking towards reading something - anything else really. It actually put me off reading for a long time.

Its rather similar to Toll The hounds and much darker. Bleak even for an Erikson novel. Theres a significant amount of the book dealing with one of the characters and his family being quite gruesomely treated so he can be set up for a vengeful return later on. Even for an adult fantasy novel I found the lingering discussions of cuturally accepted mutilation and rape quite disturbing.

This aside Much of the book felt like filler and the sections dealing with some of the characters felt perfunctory as if the charcters needed to put in an appearance , but actually had nothing to do. Normally this cna be forgiven with some snappy and witty interaction and dialog , but in this case I found a lot of it felt forced and unconvincing.

I will not harp on in a negative fashion. This is the precursor to the final apocalypse hanging over the world. This book is maneuvering the major players into position. As such it is a neccessary requirement and the compromises of narrative and structure sometimes do not easily come together. I found this to be the case here - and Im assured that the last book makes it all worth it. I found myself comparing it to the penultimate Wheel of time book which does much the same thing and Though In the past Ive liked both series - in entirely different ways, Id have to say Brandon Sanderson did a much better job with "Towers of Midnight"

If you are a true fan of Erikson then Id probably try and do what I set out to do - read this and the final book back to back and treat this as the first half of a very long epic conclusion.
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The book begins with a note from Erikson, apologising for the fact that this is the first half of one mammoth final novel. No apology should be needed; the writer is clearly taking his time to finish the series in a satisfying way, and it shows. What Book 9 loses in conclusiveness, it gains in enrichment of the world and characters.

True to form, Erikson continues to add new characters even at this late stage, including the tragic orphans of the Snake and several Kechain Che'Malle agents. While not as interesting, perhaps, as the already-existing cast, their inclusion seems unforced and, particularly in the latter case, necessary to the wider narrative.

For me, though, it's all about the battered remnants of Tavore's army as they begin their final march. The assorted soldiery is as well drawn as ever, and you get a sense of foreboding as you sense that many of them, including some long-running and beloved characters, will not complete the journey. A real sense of hurtling towards the apocalypse pervades the entire novel; the tone is beautifully judged.

Now, the volume isn't perfect; Erikson's tendency to have as many balls in the air at once leaves a few of the subplots and character beats slightly less developed than they could have been. Certainly a few older characters get short shrift in favour of the new arrivals. But the excitement of the plot helps to alleviate some of these concerns. In fact, the book ends on one hell of a cliffhanger, with many characters' fates left unknown. The final chapter in this epic saga cannot come quickly enough.
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