Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
Toll the Hounds: Book Eight of The Malazan Book of the Fallen Hardcover – September 16, 2008
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From Publishers Weekly
Book eight in the intensifying Malazan series (following 2007's Reaper's Gale) sees the grinding, bloody clash of newly created deities against longstanding, increasingly powerful Gods. The Crippled God, born in the city of Darujhistan, and the Dying God, who bleeds a poison that enthralls and addicts his followers, both vie for a place in the formal pantheon, using humans and the goddess-descended Tiste Andii as pawns in their unholy, greedy game. Warrior-hero Anomander Rake subtly manipulates the factions from the sidelines. Finally, the gods' slaves and representatives and the common people of the Darujhistan meet in one dark, thunderous, transformative night. This is a praiseworthy entry in the massive series encompassing multitudes of characters, complex plot lines and grotesque violence, but it's not lightweight in tone or in heft, and new readers will be entirely at sea. (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The eighth Malazan Book of the Fallen actually brings back some of the earliest volumes’ power. As the city of Darujhistan bakes in the summer heat, a mysterious robed man, obviously some sort of mage, wanders its streets. The question of whether he will survive the thieves, assassins, and wizards, local and striking-from-afar, should hold readers despite the extremely high page-count. Erikson may not keep up the pace throughout, but his knack for well-drawn exotic characters, no matter how fleeting, and mastery of world building cannot be denied. Add this one for saga mavens. --Roland Green
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I started this one expecting a slow build-up. The first quarter or half of these books are typically slower than the back half (as is true of many books), but I expected this one to be especially slow, because of the collective opinion I have seen from readers of the series. Its no secret that Toll the Hounds is a bit slower than the others. And while typically a collective opinion of that sort might cause some trepidation as I began my reading, I think that it actually enhanced my enjoyment of the book. I went in with no expectations, and therefore was in no rush to get anywhere. I let the story unfold in front of me at its own pace, and enjoyed it immensely.
I was especially pleased to be reunited with a few characters that I haven't seen in several books. Getting reacquainted with them was fun, and seeing several other characters meet up in unexpected ways was satisfying as well.
While Toll the Hounds is heavily introspective compared to the other books, it has perhaps the most entertaining ending of any of the books thus far. Absolutely gripping. I teared up, I fist-pumped, I held my breath, I literally stamped my feet in excitement. It was just so damn good. One hundred percent worth a somewhat slower build-up. Now, from what I understand, the next two books are really one book split into two (a result of sheer length I presume). So after a quick break, it'll be onward to the two-part finale. At this point, I think Erikson will have a tough time showing himself up after that ending.
If I had to nitpick about something .. I dislike Kruppe and the Seerdomin/Salind storyline - too wordy, too philosophical - if you're like me, and not into that, just skim over it.
About Book One -Gardens of the Moon: bit of warning, your eyes may glaze over a few times as the world is introduced without pretext and characters that you don't care about fight and die, but please have patience, this truly is the best fantasy series out there. It is worth it to get through the first 500(!) or so pages until things really start coming together.