Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including The Crippled God, Toll the Hounds and Reaper's Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.
Ragged armies and gods old and new collide in the dizzyingly complex penultimate tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen (following 2008's Toll the Hounds). After a traumatic reading of the tiles, Adjunct Tagore of the Malazan decides to quit the Letherii capital. To placate neighboring territories, Brys Beddict and a contingent of Letherii escort Tagore and her army through the Wastelands on their way to the port of Kolanse. The Barghast find their own reasons to head for the Wastelands, as do the T'lan Imass, a group of bloodthirsty Jaghut, and the army of the K'Chain Che'Malle. Gods tweak the players on this continent-sized chess board even as they themselves are manipulated. Erickson begins to reel in the long lines of his huge plot, giving enough hints to leave readers impatient for the 10th volume. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Adjunct Tavore commands the exiled Malazan army on the Letherii continent as it marches through the hostile Wastelands, knowing little of their enemy or the precise reason for their perpetual war. Saving the multibook saga's resolution for the final volume, The Crippled God, the author provides a realistic-sometimes brutal, sometimes heroic-look at the actions of an army cut adrift and left to do the one thing it does best: fight. VERDICT Erikson's massive opus of fallen empires reveals his talent for both action and narrative. Rich with vivid descriptions and filled with a backstory reminiscent of the works of Stephen R. Donaldson and Robert Jordan, this title belongs, along with its series predecessors, in the collections of most epic fantasy readers. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"Extraordinarily enjoyable . . . Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics." --Salon.com "This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy." --Glen Cook, author of The Chronicles of the Black Company "Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better." --SF Site