The Crippled God

The Crippled God

Paperback - 2012
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Savaged by the K'Chain Nah'Ruk, the Bonehunters march for Kolanse, where waits an unknown fate. Tormented by questions, the army totters on the edge of mutiny, but Adjunct Tavore will not relent. One final act remains, if it is in her power, if she can hold her army together, if the shaky allegiances she has forged can survive all that is to come. A woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, Tavore Paran of House Paran means to challenge the gods--if her own troops don't kill her first.

Awaiting Tavore and her allies are the Forkrul Assail, the final arbiters of humanity. Drawing upon an alien power terrible in its magnitude, they seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate every human, every civilization, in order to begin anew. They welcome the coming conflagration of slaughter, for it shall be of their own devising, and it pleases them to know that, in the midst of the enemies gathering against them, there shall be betrayal.

In the realm of Kurald Galain, home to the long lost city of Kharkanas, a mass of refugees stand upon the First Shore. Commanded by Yedan Derryg, the Watch, they await the breaching of Lightfall, and the coming of the Tiste Liosan. This is a war they cannot win, and they will die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects.

Elsewhere, the three Elder Gods, Kilmandaros, Errastas and Sechul Lath, work to shatter the chains binding Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, from her eternal prison. Once freed, she will rise as a force of devastation, and against her no mortal can stand. At the Gates of Starvald Demelain, the Azath House sealing the portal is dying. Soon will come the Eleint, and once more, there will be dragons in the world.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
ISBN: 9780765348876
076534887X

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Librarymans May 06, 2013

Read it to finish off the series, but to me this series really went off the rails with Toll the hounds onward. Lot of unresolved storylines, characters being killed in narratively unsatisfying ways, and many of the "rules" of the world being changed arbitrarily.

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phogel
Jul 09, 2012

Whiskyjack Rules

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dharvie
Mar 04, 2012

Its a massive tome and gets bogged down in the middle. The conclusion is worth the long march through the desert.

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knikiforuk
Jun 16, 2011

I started reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen almost 10 years ago when I first moved to St. Albert. The one thing that really struck me from the series was the fact that Erikson was not afraid of really attaching you to characters and events...and then utterly destroying them. Everything was for keeps. But all of that being said, I can't help but feel that in the end, the series suffered from the "Lost" syndrome. He brought in so many storylines and characters but many of them just seemed to drift away. Perhaps that's by design as much of the background of Malazan world is hazy at best, but I was hoping for more closure.

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dharvie
Mar 04, 2012

And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.
We are abandoned to history.
Raise high one more time the tattered standard of the Fallen. See through the drifting smoke to the dark stains upon the fabric.
This is the blood of our lives, this is the payment of our deeds, all soon to be forgotten.
We were never what people could be.
We were only what we were.

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