In a couple of weeks, the last installment of a 10 book epic will come out, it’s called The Crippled God and it’s written by Steven Erikson. The “Malazan Book Of The Fallen” series is good, in fact it’s bloody excellent and in my opinion better than both the Wheel Of Tme (Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson) or the A Song Of Fire And Ice (G.R.R.Martin) series. Also this author has managed to avoid the failings of the other authors, which is the ability to produce a high quality series in a timely manner.
Robert Jordan unfortunately passed away a year or two back, but the rate at which is books came out was painful, now this may have been down to his long running illness, but he also lacked the services of an editor who could reign him in sometimes, since his plotlines just went on and on, but just weren’t satisfying. A Song Of Fire And Ice (HBO The Game Of Thrones) is another great series, which I have a very real dread of never being finished before the author passes away.
Yet the Malazan Book Of The Fallen has been a joy. The scale is truly epic, but like many epic series you need to maintain a reasonable pace, to make sure you keep on top of each thread, however if you’ve never read the series, then you have the luck of flowing from one book to the next without having to stop. It’s a series which cries out for a re-read, so you can appreciate all that you missed on the first pass, of which there is going to be a lot. Links you didn’t see, because your frame of reference wasn’t quite right.
Now the last book The Crippled God comes out in the UK on the 21st of Feb 2011, and the US a few weeks later. Do yourself a favour and grab the The Gardens Of The Moon (Book 1), you’ll not regret it.
When I was reading book 9 Dust Of Dreams (For the 1st time) this last month, I experienced a unusual feeling, both an excitement and dread as I turned each page. The dread was a worry about the characters, since Erikson is an unforgiving master, since he makes G.R.R Martin look like a soft-hearted man, when his characters lives are in his hands. It’s been a long time since I experienced such a feeling from a book.
PS – Wasn’t a great fan of book 8 Toll Of Hounds, since there was one character that I just wanted to punch their lights out, he annoyed me that much, plus I felt the pacing wasn’t quite right.