Sunday, November 18, 2007

Midnight Tides

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Midnight Tides completely changes locations in this fifth book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. The story takes readers clear to the far eastern part of the world to the Tiste Edur and the Human empire of Lether. The Tiste Edur tribes have been united and are finally at peace while in the south expansionist Lether is eager to fulfill and long-awaited prophecy of a renaissance. As the two sides prepare for a clash, ancient forces are awakening and are preparing for a battle for supremacy.

This book was the least satisfying of the Malazan series since Gardens of the Moon. It was nice having a completely different setting and characters for a change of pace, however, plotting and characterization are not Erikson’s strong points and it was hard to see how events are tied to what is happening elsewhere. I’ve heard that The Bonehunters is supposed to start bringing all the disparate parts together so I’m moving on with anticipation.

Final Rating: 7.5/10.

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