Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reaper's Gale

In the seventh installment of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, the mad Emperor of a Thousand Deaths is cut off from his Letherii empire while the secret police sow terror among the populace. Barbarian tribes are on the attack, fugitives seek a means to escape, the fleet returns with champions to challenge the Rhulad, and the Malazans set foot on Letherii shores with the intention of bringing the empire to its knees. On top of that, agents are conspiring to destroy the economy once and for all.
I finally got through Reaper’s Gale. Part of it is that I’ve been reading less lately so it takes more time to get through 820 pages. The other reason is that, frankly, I’m starting to get burned out on the Malazan books. Erikson really needs to learn the meaning of brevity and succinct. There are just too many characters, plotlines, and world-changing events to truly enjoy the series. The good news is that with Reaper’s Gale we finally begin to see the various plotlines coming together, the end is in sight with three more books to go. This book was better than Midnight Tides, yet I can’t give it a higher rating.
Still recommended but hopefully Erikson will finish the series soon.
Rating: 7.5/10.

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