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Product Details

  • Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316561
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Malazan Book of the Fallen

"Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics." --Salon.com  

“Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better.”
--SF Site

“Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin…Utterly engrossing.”--Elizabeth Haydon

“A multilayered tale of magic and war, loyalty and betrayal.  Complexly drawn characters occupy a richly detailed world in this panoramic saga.”--Library Journal

“This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy.”--Glen Cook

“The kind of epic narrative that will have you scrambling for more.”—Stephen R. Donaldson

About the Author

Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including Dust of Dreams, Toll the Hounds and Reaper’s Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.

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STEVEN ERIKSON is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His previous novels in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series--Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bonehunters, and Reaper's Gale--have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. He lives in Canada.

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best series of books I have read to date.
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The story arcs that are closed by the end of this book are not even the most interesting ones.
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I will say that, while a satisfying conclusion, this book left me wanting more.
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84 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead on March 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Crippled God is the final novel in The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson's monumental epic fantasy series that began twelve years ago with Gardens of the Moon. In that time Erikson has reached the heights of writing two of the very finest fantasy novels of the last decade (Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice), but there has been some growing scepticism over later novels in the series, which have tended to open up more confusing storylines then closing down or clarifying old ones.

The Crippled God has been billed as the second half of Dust of Dreams, with Dreams described as all set-up and Crippled as all-resolution. That's an exaggeration: Erikson spends the first three hundred pages or so setting things up and clearing his throat rather than cutting to the chase, but at the same time that's less than some of the other books. We still get lengthy philosophical discussions between lowly grunts which are rather unconvincing, but frankly the people for whom that's a major problem will have dropped the series long ago. Fortunately Erikson is somewhat less obtuse in this novel than in any previous ones. On occasion he even resorts to - gasp! - actually telling us what the hell is going on. This new, more reader-friendly Erikson who respects traditional narrative techniques a bit more than previously takes a little getting used to.

The Crippled God is also the book that stands alone the least well out of the series, as it picks up after a huge cliffhanger ending. Erikson seems to enjoy the fact that he doesn't need to do as much set-up as normal and throws in everything including the kitchen sink into the mix.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2011
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If you've made it all the way to the end, you should most definitely finish off the series. There is a lot to love about Erikson's work, but there is a lot he needs to work on. Below are my grades for the different aspects of the entire series:

****SPOILER ALERTS****

World Building: A+
Erikson is second to none in creating a rich fantasy world. 100,000+ years of history, 5+ races with their own customs, history, and gods leads to a very in depth and enjoyable world. Outstanding effort and a watermark for all of fantasy.

Characters: A
I really enjoyed a lot of the characters in Erickson's series. Gruntle (mostly), Quick Ben, Baudin, Brys, the Bridgburners and Bonehunters, Karsa, Krupp, the list goes on and on. They were flushed out, and we even got a rare glimpse in the past for a few of the characters. Plus, Erikson created Tehol, the best king ever.

Motivations of the mortal Characters: B (except the Paran clan)
For the most part, the motivations of the characters are well explained.

Battles: A
Erikson can and should stick to battles. He has a lot of clarity the battles are all exciting.

Non-magical Descriptions: A+
Lot's of good writing in the series. He paints wonderful pictures of corrupt empires and desolate plains and masterfully weaves in the history of each location.

Story Arcs: C+/B-
This one pains me a bit. Erikson has some of the best story arcs ever in fantasy: Coltaine's march, Gruntle's arc, the fall of the corrupt Letharii empire, the crawl of the Bonehunters through the burned out city, Karsa's journey from home. Taken alone, they are wonderful examples of modern fantasy. How they tie back into the main arcs are pretty disappointing.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 4, 2011
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Book 10 of TMBOTF series is essentially the story of the largest convergence in the history of Erikson's created world, which picks the impossibly desolate Glass Desert for the final battle. Every race, every civilization that we've met thus far, lead by the T'lan Imass, Jaghut, K'Chain Che'Malle, and the Forkrul Assail, are brought together in a writhing, tumultuous broil of destruction and carnage. The Letherii, Malazans, Tiste Andii, Barghast, Tiste Liosan, Kolansii, the Hounds, Tiste Edur, Toblakai, Genabackans, Awl, and Wickans are all present. The Elder Gods, Eleint, and even the dead (whom Erikson has always been reluctant to leave ... well, dead) are also critical pillars of this phenomenal tale.

Basically, if you had a favorite character(s) from the first 9 books, then they're in this book, to some extent!

Erikson's capstone story is a frantic maelstrom that I feel is best read with the first 9 books firmly in recent memory. I started the series in October of 2010 and timed it so that I finished Dust of Dreams early last month. The weekend before the March 1st release date, I skimmed all the books again. I don't think I would have been able to appreciate the contributions of the lesser-known characters to the tale had I not experienced their own stories in the recent past. There were simply too many people (many of which switched names at least twice!) and similarly-spelled locales to keep straight for long, at least in my middle-aged memory.

I'm typically critical on the final book of a series. It's hard to find the fine line between knotting up loose ends & large story arcs, but leaving something to the imagination of hungry fans. However, I rate this book a solid "5 stars", because Erikson does just that.
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