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5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't believe the hype, 8 July 2008
First of all, let me start by saying I give this book 5/5 only to balance off the 1/5 given previously. I would give this book 4/5, but I am genuinely nonplussed by people giving it 1 or 2 stars on flawed arguments, those at the moment are: different writing style and poor characters.
Well firstly the writing style: what they mean here is that when we are presented with Darujhistan, Erikson decided to write an overview of sorts about the happenings of certain characters, from the view point of Kruppe (I could explain better but I'm rushing with this). This writing style is somewhat different to his norm, but not all that bad (I quite like it as it furthers the feeling that Kruppe knows everything that goes on in Darujhistan and possibly dictates most of it). That being said, Erikson only adopts this writing style at the start or end of a chapter pertaining to Darujhistan. The rest of the writing is no different to the previous books.
Secondly: the argument that the characters are the poorest of the series - WHAT? (SPOILERS) Kallor, Anomander, Spite, Cutter, Rallick Nom, Blend/picker/antsy etc., Gothos, Korlat, Iskaral Pust, Traveller, Karsa, Gruntle and the usual entourage these characters have (plus a smattering of cameos as usual). These are classed as fringe characters, as merely creations to keep the story moving? Utter tripe. These characters are instrumental, and if you didnt like them how did you manage previous volumes (if indeed you have).
To say this book could have been condensed much smaller; well anyone familiar with the series would know the ALL the books could have be condensed much smaller too.
This book is not Memories of Ice (my personal favourite), but then again it does not warrent a 1 or 2 rating, not even at a stretch. Some of the arguments given against this book lead me to think that some of these people reviewing it are not fans of Erikson, and if so why bother to read it in the first place. Toll the Hounds is a worthy addition to the tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen.