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Fall of Light: Book Two of the Kharkanas Trilogy Hardcover – April 26, 2016
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“Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics.” ―Salon
“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
“This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy.” ―Glen Cook
About the Author
Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist. His New York Times bestselling Malazan Book of the Fallen has 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. After completing this now internationally bestselling series, he continued with Forge of Darkness, the first volume in a new epic fantasy trilogy which takes readers back to the origins of the Malazan world. He lives in Canada.
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This installment is more philosophically interesting. Base civilization and humanity is explored through the characters. It's a masterpiece.
This installment includes 4 'books'. The first is confusing and unresolvable. Readers might stall here, but persevere. 'Books' 2-4 progressively resolve into clarity and deeper mystery.
The Malazan story is one of the most intricately woven fantasies ever written. Epic in the order of Tolkien's universe of stories, and as incomplete as GOT's GRRM or Dune's Herbert.
We can only hope the fantastic tale get's closure.
Update 3/19: I finished the book last night and found the ending a little disappointing - readers who expect a great final battle scene will be disappointed. Imagine a bunch of characters talking about the final confrontation without really being there or showing up after it's over. Have to deduct one star. Still a good book but not his best.
Anyhow, 'Fall of Light' is a very well written book. It's clear that Steven Erikson has spent a lot of time on each chapter, character and storyline - possible too much at times. In previous books ('Toll the Hounds' excluded) I've found that Erikson has a great way of mixing heavy, thoughful dialogues and thoughts with quick, simple and witty dialogues and sarcasms. The latter are sadly nearly entirely missing from 'Fall of Light', which I think might be due to a Erikson overdoing certain parts. It's as if even the witty parts are so complex you're hardly able to wrap your head around them. Because of this I also found 'Fall of Light' to be much more of a diffucult read than the average Erikson tome. So much so that I occationally find myself wondering how many pages there's left until I'm done - and for me that's a first, at least when it comes to Erikson. Never ever have I wanted an Erikson book to come to conclusion before; but this time I do.
That being said, the deep and heavy parts of this book are as well thought through as they always are. The theme, which in my opinion courses though the entire story, is the pointlessness of war, something which I think the two or three last chapters of the book wraps up in a pretty neat way. This makes 'Fall of Light' a great stepping stone for further delving into the psycology and morals of warfare. Sadly this also makes for quite a different ending than one might hope for reading the book.
To wrap things up, I still consider this very good read. Not one of Erikson's best, not by far, but it's stil better than any other fantasy I've ever read - or ever hope to read. In a way 'Fall of Light' only helps to proove how much better of an author Steven Erikson is than any other fantasy writer. Even in this, a by his standards mediocre, book he still outdoes any competiontion. When it comes to linquistic talent, character development, spining nets of parallell storylines and ability to stir emotions with simple but beautiful wording he's simply put unmatched - and not only in fantasy, but in litterature in large. If a fantyasy writer ever would win the Nobel price in litterature, it would be Erikson.