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Flawed But Epic Conclusion,
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This review is from: The Crippled God: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 10 (Kindle Edition)
And so, after over a decade of insane brilliance, unforgettable characters, tragedy, comedy and everything in between, the Malazan Book of the Fallen comes to a cataclysmic conclusion.
Just about every major character from the series makes at least a cameo appearance at some point, as Erikson ties strands that have been weaving since the first book into a truly epic and satisfying conclusion.
Be prepared, though, that not every single plotline is wrapped up tidily; several are left unresolved or not touched on at all. At this stage, we don't know whether this is because:
1)They will be finished in cowriter Cam Esslemont's remaining novels.
2)Steve is saving them for future books set in the same universe, or:
3)They are meant to be that way; Erikson is writing in the manner of a history, after all, which means that just as we do not witness the genesis of every plot strand, neither do we witness every end.
That aside, we still see many, many resolutions, including the Icarium thread and that of the Shake... more importantly, we follow Tavore's final, desperate drive to save the world.
Among the godlike warriors and earth-shattering mages, the true heroes of the series have always been the ordinary soldiers of the Malazan Empire. As always, Erikson gives them humanity, warmth and pathos as they give their all one last time.
No matter which characters are your favourites, get ready to sniffle as they die by the score or gain their moment of triumph. You will be left exhausted but exhilarated by the end, I can assure you.
The entire series has been an absolute joy from start to finish, and this final (kinda) installment is no different. Cheers, Steve, I owe you a pint. Now to read the whole thing again...