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5.0 out of 5 stars
forge of genius, 17 Sept. 2013
at last... the novel i've always wanted erikson to write. it's focused, deep, and beautifully written. for me, "toll the hounds" was where his writing really took off, and here it's gone into orbit. apart from the oddly clumsy 1st paragraph describing an azath inscription, the writing is breathtaking throughout, and the characters are wonderfully real and sympathetic - and the set pieces featuring spite, envy, and malice are schlock-horror at its best (request to author: please write a standalone horror novel - like the exorcist, but scary).
you get the feeling that the 10,000 pages of "the malazan book of the fallen" (a lifetime's achievement already) were merely erikson clearing his throat, and that the well of his best work has only just been tapped - and he already puts most "literary" writers to shame.