The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion Dassem Ultor was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death…
But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves. The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon, a schism threatens and sides must be chosen. Whatever each god decides, the ground rules have changed, irrevocably, terrifyingly, and the first blood spilled will be in the mortal world. A world which contains a host of characters, familiar and new, including Heboric Ghost Hands, the god-possessed Apsalar, Cutter, once a thief now a killer, the extraordinary warrior called Karsa Orlong and the two wanderers Icarium and Mappo — each searching for such a fate as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will. If only the gods would leave them alone.
But now that knives have been unsheathed, the gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens. And the prize? Nothing less than existence itself (goodreads.com).
The Bonehunters is another terrific addition to the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. I liked this one almost as much as Gardens of the Moon. This book has one of the best and most emotional battle scenes that I have ever read so far. I also adore all the characters and love being able to follow my favorites from previous novels.
The plot of this particular book is immense! There are so many things going on that it can be a bit difficult to keep track of and it only makes it harder when everything seems to be so important. In my opinion, the biggest and most spectacular part of this novel (and the reason why I bumped my rating to 5 stars) was the siege/battle of Y’Ghatan. We follow Tavore and her army as they track down Leoman and find him held up in the city of Y’Ghatan. The battle that follows in an attempt to kill him is one of the most amazing I have ever read. It takes up a good portion of the book, I couldn’t stop reading about it, and when the author decided to switch to something else I became so frustrated. I felt like I was there fighting along side them and would become very emotional at times. Anyway, it is epic and I don’t think you will be disappointed reading this part. It is also where the Bonehunters are born! After this is over we get to follow them all the way back to Malaz City and I thought their entire journey and the events within the city were were just as spectacular. Also, following Quick Ben and Kalam around is the next best part of the book. I love them!
I also enjoy following Apsalar and in this book she undergoes a mission for Cotillion. I think its her new companions that she finds that makes this part of the story more exciting and enjoyable. Karsa Orlong is also back, but I didn’t enjoy his story as much as the others; however, I love the character and how he grows as he learns more about his world. There are also Heboric and Cutter along with some companions and I actually dreaded having to read their story for most of the book. It just wasn’t that good. Eventually, it becomes more interesting so do not despair!
Up until the very end of the book I did not like following Icarium. There were just so many other people that I wanted to read about that I didn’t pay much attention. Towards the end of the book I started to pay more attention to Icarium and Karsa because their stories start to combine with Trull Sengar’s world in the previous novel. I just need to remember to pay careful attention to everything even if I don’t find it to be engrossing. It all seems to come together by the end of the book and every body seems to be just as important as another. Finally, after not seeing him for what felt like forever, we get to see Ganoes Paran again! Yay! I love his story, the huge role he plays in this novel, and how he well he is doing in his new role as Master of the Deck.
My favorite characters are back in this novel including Quick Ben, Kalam, Fiddler, Ganoes Paran, and Apsalar. I love how I get to know more about them after each novel. We even get to learn more about Tavore! I have also found a new appreciation for Bottle, a soldier under Fiddler in the 14th army. There is a lot to learn about him and he is slowly becoming one of my favorites. Cotillion is also a very intriguing character. I love how he is becoming more personable instead of “god-like” if you understand what I mean. He is really developing as a character and is one of my new favorites. I also tend to like a lot of the creatures in this novel including the demon Grey Frog, and two new characters, who follow Apsalar, Telorast and Curdle. They are hilarious and I knew they had to be up to something though I can’t figure out what their intentions actually are, but when I found out who they really are I was very surprised. Overall, the characters continue to develop and are all incredible.
I really enjoyed this novel and I can’t wait to begin the next one. Even when I plan on breaking up the books by reading something else in between I just can’t do it. That is how much I love this series. I hope this review helps you out a little; it get more difficult to write reviews the farther I get into a series. I definitely recommend reading this book if you have read all the others and if you haven’t, then start at the beginning and know that they are all amazing books.
My rating 5/5 stars!
My other reviews in this series
Yet There Are Statues Review
FOTS Fantasy Review
Infinite Probability Review
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