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not very good,
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I really didnt like this book much. I thought NoK and RotCG were much better efforts, and the Erikson malazan books in another league.
The only thing going for this book is its setup - find out what the Greymane and the Koreli Stormguard are all about, and in theory what happened after RotCG. The first 2 get wrapped up, but not in an especially satisfying way, and the rest is mentioned (a lot) but doesnt amount to much.
The rest is too dull, with the usual mix of battles and pondering. But the pondering is far too ponderous, and the battles just dont seem to be clear as to what's going on. No real suprises till the end, when there are a couple of interesting ones, and an all to convenient wrapping up of greymane. Most annoying however is the random plot lines which dont seem to serve any purpose, ceretainly not for their length - Ivanar, Kiska, Quint, etc. I also got pretty bored with the 1d minions - Suth, etc.
Worth pointing out however Ipshank and Manask - they were good & set up way, way back in Eriksons work, if you look hard enough.
Would read it, but only for completeness & backstory, probably before Toll the Hounds, certainly before Dust of Dreams.
Bring on The Crippled God is all I say & please try harder next time mr ICE