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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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Like many masterpieces, it is not easily taken in. Erikson is at the height of his powers here, and it is at once formidable, dismaying, and richly rewarding - if you put in the effort that a work at this level demands.
Like all Erikson stories, the world-building is rich and detailed. Going beyond his well-known modus operandi here, in Fall of Light Erikson opens new windows into the minds of the characters, laying bare themes that exist and create conflict in us all. Classic elements of honor versus love, greed versus duty, avarice versus sacrifice permeate every page.
The writing is prose-laden, poetic and complex, like a fine gourmet meal. As such, gluttonous consumption of the story will likely leave the bingeing reader with a strong sense of literary indigestion. Consume this with the respect it deserves.
The story itself continues to lay the foundations of the Malazan mythopoeia found in Erikson's and Esslemont's seminal works. For those who enjoyed those books, this is almost a guilty pleasure as origins unfold and great events are put into motion.
Fall of Light is a feast indeed, one that will require a dedicated and refined palate.
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.
On the other hand, there are many diatribes about government, religion, progress, etc, which could be excised and made into a separate book called, of course, Erikson's Folly. Like Gothos's never-ending suicide note, these commentaries seem to contain some hidden meaning. But overall, the effect is to bore the reader who expected things to be happening.
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Great mythology to flesh out his world.