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Review of Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson

Dust of DreamsI was looking forward to reading this penultimate volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, but, to be honest, it didn’t really live up to expectations. Perhaps it was merely a combination of not being up to speed with the multi-threaded story (no easy task with about a billion sub-plots and googolplex characters) and the fact that it took me a good couple of months to finish the nine-hundred-page breezeblock of a book.

The story is set around the Wastelands some distance from Letheras, and all the various character and sub-plots in this volume slowly converge there. Perhaps the most important aspect of the story is the march of the supposedly renegade Malazan army into the Wastelands to meet their allies, the Perish and the Khundryl.

Unfortunately, other powers are abroad, including a small party of dinosaur-like K’Chain Che’Malle, who, with their puny, unwilling human Destriant (military leader) are looking for a Mortal Sword and Shield Anvil to lead them to some ambiguous future battle. Also loose on the barren plain is a mysterious, devastating force. When it finally arrives, the battle that results from this convergence of powers is riveting, moving, gutting.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of reading to do in the meantime, lots of bitty section with this character or other. It’s very difficult to keep track of them all, especially in view of all the stuff that’s happened in the previous eight books that I’ve now forgotten.

I think that when the last book comes out, probably next year, I’ll try to make an effort to read the whole series. Which will probably take about a year … which means I’ll have to start now. Sigh.

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