Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Bonehunters

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The story returns to the Seven Cities continent in the sixth book of the Malazan series. The rebels are holed up in Y’Ghatan and the Malazan army under the command of Tavore march toward the city for a final showdown. Tiste Edur ships show up on the high seas, conflict engulfs the heartland of the Malazan Empire, and the Nameless Ones enact desperate measures for their own ends. And there is still the mystery of the jade statutes on Otataral Island and the imprisoned souls. The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon and now both gods and mortals alike must choose sides as the ultimate showdown begins.
I was glad to see the storyline continued and to see many of the characters return. I was also glad that the events from Midnight Tides were tied into the broader plot. Frankly I think Midnight Tides could have been condensed a bit and included in another book. At least Bonehunters didn't have the half-hearted economic philosophy of the previous book, and while Bonehunters was certainly big, nothing seemed overtly superfluous. The plot is really starting to pick up now and I can't wait to see how the series ends.
Final Rating: 8.5/10

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