The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

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A very open, honest resolution which does not quite deliver in terms of the mysteries we’ve been trying to uncover as the series progressed, that is nonetheless action-packed, compelling and full of wonderful scenes for the fans.
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The final, apocalyptic chapter in one of the most original, exciting and acclaimed fantasy series of our time

The Bonehunters are marching to Kolanse, and to an unknown fate. Tormented and exhausted, they are an army on the brink of mutiny. But Adjunct Tavore will not relent. If she can hold her forces together, if the fragile alliances she has forged can survive and if it is within her power, one final act remains. For Tavore Paran means to challenge the gods.
Ranged against Tavore and her allies are formidable foes. The Fokrul Assail are drawing upon a terrible power; their desire is to cleanse the world - to eradicate every civilization, to annihilate every human - in order to begin anew. The Elder Gods, too, are seeking to return. And to do so, they will shatter the chains that bind a force of utter devastation and release her from her eternal prison. It seems that, once more, there will be dragons in the world.
And in Kurald Galain, where the once-lost city of Kharkanas has been found, thousands have gathered upon the First Shore. Commanded by Yedan Derryg, they await the coming of the Tiste Liosan. Are they truly ready to die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects?
In every world there comes a time when choice is no longer an option - a moment when the soul is laid bare and there is nowhere left to turn. And when this last hard truth is faced, when compassion is a virtue on its knees, what is there left to do? Now that time is come - now is the moment to proclaim your defiance and make a stand...
And so begins the final cataclysmic chapter in Steven Erikson's extraordinary, genre-defining 'Malazan Book of the Fallen'.
 

About Steven Erikson

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Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. His New York Times bestselling series, 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen, has been hailed as a masterpiece of epic fantasy. He lives in Cornwall. To find out more, visit www.malazanempire.com and www.stevenerikson.com
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Tor Books. 930 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction
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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Mar 15 2011

Fantasy and science fiction are often thought the poor cousins of so called serious novels, but I defy anyone to think that after reading this series.

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Reviewed by Bill Capossere on Feb 22 2011

For most, I think The Crippled God will live up to its place as the closing chapter of a work that I believe stands as the preeminent fantasy of the past 20 years and belongs high up on the short list of best ever.

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Reviewed by Owen Jones on Feb 19 2011

A very open, honest resolution which does not quite deliver in terms of the mysteries we’ve been trying to uncover as the series progressed, that is nonetheless action-packed, compelling and full of wonderful scenes for the fans.

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Reviewed by Martin Cahill on Dec 30 2011

Breathtakingly complex, overwhelmingly heartbreaking, fantastically humorous, and epic on every scale imaginable, Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen, and particularly The Crippled God, is the work of a true master, not just in writing, but in a study of storytelling and humanity, as well.

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