In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the faded red waistcoat, discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the quarry has turned and the hunters become the hunted.Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus. While the bards sing their tragic tales, somewhere in the distance can be heard the baying of Hounds…And in the distant city of Black Coral, where rules Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, ancient crimes awaken, intent on revenge. It seems Love and Death are indeed about to arrive…hand in hand, dancing. (goodreads.com)
Toll the Hounds was the most difficult for me to get through of all the Malazan Books so far. It dragged quite a bit in many parts and I will honestly say that this book didn’t become really interesting until about the last four chapters. Having to read several hundred pages before being engaged in a book is rather disappointing.
An interesting aspect of the book was being inside Dragonpuir. That was pretty neat! There are several battles towards the end, and I will say that some amazing characters were lost in this book and I am very upset about it!
Most of the characters are interesting, especially the ones we already know. Karsa and Samar Dev are back in this novel and spend it traveling with Traveler (big reveal about him in the last few chapters). I also love Barathol Mekhir as well as all the long lost Bridgeburners who retired a few books back. We finally get to see them again and their story is pretty entertaining. I also enjoyed reading about Rake, but not until the very end of the book. I can say that having Hood materialize was pretty awesome and the showdown between him and Rake was so cool!
The writing was till as good as ever, but the plot moved bit to slowly in my opinion. I’m actually a little fed up with the series being so difficult to comprehend. There are still some parts where I’m like “what did I just read?” and have to go back over it again. I have such a difficult time trying to interpret some of the vague and unclear conversations some of the characters have. Also, I felt like the book could have been a little shorter. I hate to admit it, but I actually skimmed some parts containing characters I don’t like reading about, and still figured out everything at the end.
I think you should read this book just to get to the end of the series. I have come this far so I will keep going! Despite the ending being so fantastic, I have to give the book 3 stars because I wouldn’t read this particular one again and it should have held my attention from the very beginning. Everyone has their own opinion and I am sure others will like this book more than me. I have read some other reviews and some people chose this as their favorite book, so just depends on what you like in a book. Also, I recommend reading this and all other books with a group so you can discuss it or if by yourself, maybe just reading a chapter a day in order to get full enjoyment out of it. This is one series that you just can’t rush through.
My rating: 3/5 stars!
My other reviews in this series
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