Adult · Malazan Book of the Fallen · Steven Erikson

The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen #10) by Steven Erikson

Synopsis

The Bonehunters march for Kolanse, led by Adjunct Tavore. This woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, will challenge the gods – if her own mutinous troops don’t kill her first.

Her enemy, the Forkrul Assail, seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate everything. In the realm of Kurald Galain, home to the long lost city of Kharkanas, a refugees commanded by Yedan Derryg, the Watch, await the breaching of Lightfall, and the coming of the Tiste Liosan. In this war they cannot win, they will die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects.

Elsewhere, the three Elder Gods, Kilmandaros, Errastas and Sechul Lath, work to shatter the chains binding Korabas, the Otataral Dragon. Against her force of utter devastation, no mortal can stand. At the Gates of Starvald Demelain, the Azath House sealing the portal is dying. Soon will come the Eleint, dragons, and a final cataclysm (goodreads.com).


Review

the crippled godPlot/Characters

The Crippled God continues right where Dust of Dreams leaves off and it was a fantastic ending to an epic series. When I started this book I couldn’t believe that it was the last of this massive series. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like how it ended, but I was wrong.

I guess I was under the wrong impression for most of the series because I always thought that the Crippled God was “evil” and they were trying to destroy him for good. I was absolutely wrong. Maybe I missed something? From what I got, he is a god for all the people who are broken or suffering, and the Forkul Assail want him in order to increase their power over the world. Tavore and her army as well as many other people are attempting to free the Crippled God in order to save him, while destroying the Forkul Assail and their army.

The most interesting part of the book was following Tavore and the Bonehunters and as well Prince Brys and his army. We follow Tavore’s army after their battle with the Na’ruk and their adventure through the Glass Desert, which I can say was horrible to read. It has been said that the desert is impassable and we can really see the effect it has on Tavore’s army. OMG! It was awful to read about them suffering! Super emotional!

All the children in “the Snake”, which I mentioned in my previous review, end up joining with Tavore’s army and this makes it even more emotional.

I also enjoyed following Prince Brys and his army once they part ways with Tavore. Not to mention watching his relationship with arti-ceda Aranict develop.

The final battle was pretty much everything I was hoping it to be. Everyone that we have been following comes together to help defeat the Forkul Assail. We see just a tiny bit of Karsa Orlong, as well as Icarium. Even Ubula Pung plays a role in this novel and I sure love him as a character. It was also great to see some of the fallen return in this novel to lend a hand.

The pace of the book is pretty much like all the others. It has its ups and downs, but I didn’t find anything to be uninteresting and I thought it all flowed pretty well. The battle at the end of the book wasn’t even over as quickly as I was expecting. I believe it was going on for 50+ pages if I remember correctly, but I was engaged in it the entire time! I don’t think anyone will be disappointed in the pacing of this novel. There are so many things going on!

Overall Thoughts

Well, I am not sure what else to say with this being the last book because I don’t want to give anything away. Just know that the pacing is great, I love the characters (though I still think there are way to many), we learn a lot more about Tavore, and the reunion with her brother is awesome. Also, the book is very emotional. I almost cried several times and not just because people died, but because enemies were actually working together, and there were some emotional scenes at the end of the book after the battle and it was just amazing. I am sure there were things left unanswered, but I can’t think of anything. I was very satisfied with the ending and look forward to reading some of the other books that are in this same universe.

My rating: 5/5 stars!


View this book on Amazon and Goodreads!

My other reviews in this series:

Gardens of the Moon

Dead House Gates

Memories of Ice

House of Chains

Midnight Tides

The Bonehunters

Reaper’s Gale

Toll the Hounds

Dust of Dreams

 

 

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