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An ok book but nothing special.
on 19 December 2009
This book is a bit disappointing, it has a good premise but just doesn't deliver.
There are too many characters without enough personality to distinguish them.
The stories flick from character to character leaving no real centre for the book and no one you actually care about or empathise with.
There are ageing near ascendant swordsmen everywhere, and there seems little need to distinguish between them and when there is a need it isn't obvious who they actually are.
This excess of characters makes for a very plodding and methodical story where you are never that concerned by the outcome, even the surprises that occur aren't that interesting.
There is also a big irritation in the dealing of the book with "Osserc" (no spoiler), he is introduced in a way that makes a little sense but from there on his actions don't make any sense at all, we are just supposed to accept them and ignore the stupidity since they are presumably needed for plot progression in another Malazan book, that is very bad writing!
Overall its a readable book but it feels hacked together from poorly fitting plot threads.