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The Bonehunters: Malazan Book Of Fallen 6 (The Malazan Book of the Fallen) [Paperback]

Steven Erikson
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1 Mar 2006 The Malazan Book of the Fallen (Book 6)
The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One 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. Whatever 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.And the prize? 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.


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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; Airport / Export ed edition (1 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593046307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593046302
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,209 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 www.malazanempire.com.

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"This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture."--"Interzone ""Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark ... Erikson brings a punchy, mesmerizing writing style into the genre of epic fantasy, making an indelible impression. Utterly engrossing." --"Elizabeth Haydon" "From the Paperback edition."

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The sixth book in Steven Erikson's epic Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy sequence.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 18 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
Steven Erikson is the first fantasy writer that, after six installments, seems to be able to escape the pitfall into which numerous others (i.e. and foremost Robert Jordan) have fallen. This is probably due to the fact that he knows where his story is leading and that he does not write anything that substracts from the plot and from the prose needed to unfurl his so intricately woven world, which by the way is one of the most epic and large-scaled fantasy worlds up-to-date, barring perhaps Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
The Bonehunters, now , is a perfect example of two of the best traits Erikson, as a writer, has in store for us. Namely dialogue and convergence. The dialogue is not only very natural it's also extremely witty and an excellent way to transfer meaning. Sarcasm, irony, wit, indeed every feeling ever conveyed, it's all in the dialogue. As for convergence, Erikson is a master of it; within each novel but what's more important, and what becomes especially clear in The Bonehunters, within the overall arc of the entire series. It's not for nothing that part 10 is called The Crippled God!
So is there nothing to remark upon? Well, yes there is, but that particular complaint might cease to exist when the entire series has come to an end and things that now seem to have the aura of a Deus Ex Machina might then be entirely self-explanatory (although the term 'self-explanatory' does not really befit the Malazan Book of the Fallen).
So from me nothing but praise for The Bonehunters and as we are returning to the continent of Lether in the next installment, I'll say "Roll on Reaper's Gale!"
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 6 25 April 2006
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Format:Hardcover
Of course, as is Erickson's wont, there are new characters (most of them introduced in the prologue, but not all).

This is a very catastrophic book. Just like at the end of Book 3. But this one follows that suit throughout. There are major battles that don't turn out so well, and trustful alliances gone awry. The latter, once you get to Seven Cities. Also, the use of propoganda shows its ugly side near the end.

Just about all the characters from Book 4 are back (Karsa, Kalam and QB, Fiddler, Heboric, Cutter, Pearl, etc...). Also, there are Ganoes Paran, Trull Sengar and his Imass friends, and of course, Icarium and Mappo (not just a two second appearance, like in Book 4). Also, this is the book that Shadowthrone is most active in. Something that you've been waiting for one of these characters to do since the beginning of the series finally happens.

As always, there are insights on human nature, and the tendency for war. But in this one, the bulk of these insights are towards the use of the concepts of gods, and what they drive people to do (with many similar tales to things like the crusades).

And finally, there's the one thing that fantasy novels should never go without. A socially conversable demon that also likes to eat people's brains.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic on a truly philosophical scale 10 April 2006
Format:Paperback
What places Erikson at the forefront of the fantasy genre to date, in my opinion, is not just the sheer scale of what he achieves in the most complex plot and character writing I have ever seen, but in the style with which he does it. I am surprised it has yet to be brought to light, but the poetic and philosphical quality with which Erikson infuses his narrative, is simply astounding. Never before have I seen it done with such skill. Simply, there is nothing more tedious than some obscure narrative voice abstractedly droning on about the state of human nature or moral integrity - but what is beautiful with this entire series is the way Erikson employs each character as an entirely unique voice on many enlightening perspectives - many of which contradict themselves as various characters meet certain revelations. The point being is that in doing so Erikson achieves a profound insight into real thought patterns that are affected by the maelstrom of events taking place in the plot - which, as everyone else has asserted, is verging on the incomprehensible, in its quality of craft and scope.
I am intrigued to read some minor criticisms, which I would flatly refute. Yes, 'The Bonehunters' is a transitionary book - but it is also the most pivotal point in the entire series, and as such, the best written. Why? Without giving any plot away, how Erikson interweaves and conjoins disparate plot lines is indicative of immense skill. The Edur's entrance into the Malazan world is not random as the Midnight Tides ends, hinged onto the expansionist intent of the Emperor of Lether - it is one of the many plot lines that I could see coming a mile off. The book also clearly has a plot of its own which is blatantly pointed out in the title (among further sub-plots added to the foray).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Tale of the Malazan 1 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
This is part 6 of a planned ten novel story by Stephen Erikson. I was tempted to wait until the final instalment to read these books again, but could not wait so picked up a copy. The story begins with the obligatory ominous beginning where an evil being is unleashed onto the land to commit evil acts.

Once again there are many stories which interlink with each other and the overall storyline.

After the defeat of Shaik, the remnants of the rebel army are being chased across the seven cities by the imperial army. They are lead by the infamous Leoman of the flails who decides to make a last stand at the city of Y'Ghatan. A city which has ominous history for the pursuing Malazan army.

The Malazan army is led by the ever distant Adjunct Tavore. The army are unsure of her motivations and her abrupt manner and closed emotions do nothing to assist this. She is untested in real battle and the murmurs about her allegiance grow in the lead up to the siege. Tavore is an intriguing character in that she is so guarded with her emotion and motives, any flashes of feeling are extremely interesting.

The siege itself is described in detail as both sides take horrible losses. Savage clashes in the city as the Fourteenth try and take the city. Leoman's fanatical followers refuse to fall. Tavore watches on as Leoman's defence plan unfolds. Erikson description of battles, both with sword and sorcery, is easily as good as any other writer I have read. The siege is another fine example of this.

The army itself contains some old favourite characters such as Fiddler, Quick Ben and Kalam. The banter between some of the soldiers is extremely amusing, though never quite touching the comic heights of Midnight Tides.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant yet again
Another fantastic chapter in the best fantasy series about. Erikson once again shows why he deserves to be talked about with Tolkien and the greats, simply revolutionary
Published 4 months ago by J. Gilmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Outstanding story-line, fantastic characters end action scenes that never miss, eriksson is just fantastic at this sort of stuff. A definite must read
Published 5 months ago by Erik
3.0 out of 5 stars Scene-setting on an epic scale
The Bonehunters is the sixth novel in the truly epic Malazan Book of the Fallen series, but is the first one to have fallen foul of "middle-book syndrome". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rowena
3.0 out of 5 stars complicated plot to begin with
I am reading through the series and so far there have always been some characters from previous books I was familiar with. Read more
Published 5 months ago by homebuild
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Incredible. Just as described. Have bought again. Highly recommended to friends and family. Great quality and fantastic value for money.
Published 6 months ago by John Holbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book
This is such a great series so well written that the reader is with the characters in the story.Mr Erikson has a fantastic imagination and I'm really enjoying the books
Published 7 months ago by Robert Handy
5.0 out of 5 stars simply awesome
well just when I thought the series was really getting excellent, Erikson just goes one better
simply can't wait for the next one!
Published 12 months ago by vians
5.0 out of 5 stars Malayan book 5
I have read this series now for the fourth time and every time I can't put them down even though I know what happens. Probably start on the fifth time later.
Published 14 months ago by Brian Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
As with the rest of this series, Erikson never spells things out, drawling you along with the intrigue. An excellent read.
Published 16 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the Malazan Book of the Fallen
I have been reading fantasy books for years and Steven Erikson is really a great writer.
This book 6 is one of the best from the Malazan Book of the Fallen serie. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kalahanna
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