- 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 (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dust of Dreams (Book 9 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen) Hardcover – 18 Aug 2009
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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 Tlan 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 ones 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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
Here's hoping he returns to form for the last one.
Is it a good book? Possibly, but it's a tad boring. Like 8. Too many characters you don't care about. Why focus on say 40 disparate characters who mostly die instead of the characters that make the series (like Quick Ben and Fiddler), who get barely a whole chapter between them (again). I enjoyed perhaps one fifth of the book. The rest was a real chore. Hope by the Errant's hairy ballsack book 10 makes up for it!
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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Fantastic action, great characterisations..... sadly diluted by rambling, introspective nonsense monologues that serve as nothing but padding.
Still, only one more to go.
As warned at the start of the book, this is just the first half so reviewing it as a stand alone book is a little harsh. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mok
great price, fast delivery. A fantastis read, I couldnt out it down.Published 10 months ago by Anthony Ainsley