Monday, 7 September 2009

FANTASY REVIEW: Dust of Dreams - Steven Erikson


On the Letherii continent the exiled Malazan army commanded by Adjunct Tavore begins its march into the eastern Wastelands, to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen. The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand - the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage. In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world. Destinies are never simple. Truths are neither clear nor sharp. "The Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen" are drawing to a close in a distant place, beneath indifferent skies, as the last great army of the Malazan Empire seeks a final battle in the name of redemption. Final questions remain to be answered: can one's deeds be heroic when no one is there to see it? Can that which is unwitnessed forever change the world? The answers await the Bonehunters, beyond the Wastelands.


At times fans have wondered what Steven has had in mind for a number of characters that have previously appeared superfluous to the overall plot line and whilst this is the second to last part we know that its very closely tied to the final instalment. How? Well due to Steven’s careful wording within the author note as well as the interview that appeared in last years Falcata Times Ezine.

What you get is not only well written but a novel that harkens to the Zorro shorts of the 50’s and 60’s that had the audience gasping week to week. Whilst he wasn’t a fan of this concept, Steven has admitted that it needed to be done in order to get everything pulled together for the final epic conclusion. A great offering and a series that I get to enjoy every year due to rereads for which I notice subtle pieces that I missed before with the latest offering giving greater insight. Whilst this has been something of an epic tale (2.5 Million words to date) it is something that has to be read from the beginning and not jumped into nine tenths of the way through. If your unsure as to whether its right for you however look at the accolades as well as the massing army of fans who follow in his footsteps but you have to try at least the first two books to get a reasonable flavour of the world. A cracking offering.

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