Reaper's Gale (Book 7 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Apr 2008
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"The most significant work of epic fantasy since Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" (SF SITE)
"Extraordinarily enjoyable...Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics" (SALON.COM)
"This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture" (INTERZONE)
"This masterwork of imagination may be the high watermark of epic fantasy" (GLEN COOK, author of The Black Company series)
"Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark...Erikson brings a punchy, mesmerizing writing style into the genre of epic fantasy" (ELIZABETH HAYDON)
The seventh awesome chapter in the most ambitious and acclaimed fantasy series of recent years.See all Product description
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Now though, as we slowly move towards the finale of this epic, many of the characters that have been with us for what seems like ages are beginning the story arcs that will lead towards their own conclusions. It's great to meet many of them again but not so great to have to say goodbye to a few (I'm not spoiling by saying who but I was both surprised and sad).
So immense is the tapestry of this epic tale that I find myself having to refer back to previous books in order to remember the relationships and back stories; more so in fact than with Game of Thrones. If that isn't a compliment then I don't know what is!
Another great read!
fleecy moss, author of Folio 55 (writing as Nia Sinjorina), available on Amazon.
I know I'll be in the minority here, a lot of people rave about the author but one thing's for sure. If you thought keeping up with Game of Thrones was hard, read these and be totally flummoxed.
The main problem with Erikson's work stems from his ambition. The sheer scope of what he is trying to achieve with this series is almost impossible to clearly commit to the written word - his work has no obvious central plot line, or central character, and therefore it fleets between numerous times, places, and people. This fractures the reader's perception of the many, many details and concepts Erikson is attempting to push upon the reader. I happen to think that this actually lends Erikson's work conviction, as it makes it real. Life tends not follow a clearly defined path, and is often confusing. But Erikson's ability to bring the reader back to his way of thinking, even when you're seemingly lost, is one of unique excellence. The series is testing, and therefore intellectually rewarding.
Reaper's Gale, for me, is the best book in the series since the first, 'Gardens of the Moon'. Whilst 'Deadhouse Gates' and 'Memories of Ice' are certainly credible, and indeed more obvious choices, the strength of 'Reaper's Gale' lies in the pivotal nature of the books substance. It is this book that begins to make extremely important and long plotlines much clearer - the formation of the warrens and relation of magic, the T'lan Imass and Jaghut saga, the reawakening of Master of the Tiles, the re-emergence of Silchas Ruin and his secrets, more insight into the history of the malazan empire including the Bridgeburners, Lasseen, and Kellanved and Dancer - are just several of the main threads attended to in this book. It is also bolder in its portrayal of some of the darker characters in the Malazan series in visceral battles, deeply uncomfortable scenes of abuse, and bitter tragedy. The book is brilliant, the series is brilliant, and I recommend it without reservation to anyone seeking a challenging but deeply rewarding read.
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