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Fascination with secrecy leads to disappointment,
This review is from: Stonewielder (Malazan Empire 3) (Hardcover)Overall the book is enjoyable and worth the money, however the ending is rather badly rushed and, as now seems inevitable in all Malazan books, there is a horrible tendency to deliberately fail to explain things that should be explained. This isn't about revealing future plot, its about answering the most basic questions of why people are doing things, where they came from and so forth.
Mystery is all very well until it starts to obscure the story, and in this case, as with Erikson more recent books, the story is being detrimentally affected by the fixation with hiding things from the reader.
Many things consequently suffer from lack of detail, especially lack of foundation meaning they become superficial and without proper context. The Storm Riders are the best example leaving the reader clueless as to why they have spent so many years battering themselves against a wall they could go around or over with virtual impunity at any time.
Not too mention who, or what, were they after in any case? Yes, we know some tiny portions of this story, but after reading hundreds of pages it would be nice to know why they were bothering, especially as it appears they had the means to go also go through the wall should they so desire (the stone sword).
All in all the fascination with obscure pasts and secret origins is becoming detrimental to both the world itself and the enjoyment of the books, combined with horridly miss-matched timelines and obviously tacked-on epilogues, disappointment was my strongest feeling.
This could have been so much better with more informative foundations, an un-rushed ending and a little less of an attempt to copy Eriksons' style.