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Reaper's Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen #7) epub

by Steven Erikson


Reaper's Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen #7) epub

ISBN: 0553813161

ISBN13: 978-0553813166

Author: Steven Erikson

Category: Science Fiction

Subcategory: Fantasy

Language: English

Publisher: Bantam; Second Printing edition (May 13, 2008)

ePUB book: 1278 kb

FB2 book: 1830 kb

Rating: 4.5

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A truly epic fantasy series that has confirmed its author as one of the most original and exciting genre storytellers in years.Erikson’s ‘Malazan Book of the Fallen’ has been recognised the world-over by writers, critics and fans alike — in a recent review of The Bonehunters, the sixth chapter in this remarkable tale, the UK’s Interzone magazine hailed it ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘the benchmark for all future works in the field’, while the hugely influential genre website, Ottawa-based SF Site, declared ‘this series has clearly established itself as the most significant work of epic fantasy since Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant’. Now comes Reaper’s Gale — the seventh Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen — and neither Erikson nor the excitement are showing any sign of letting up. Mauled and now cut adrift by the Malazan Empire, Tavore and her now infamous 14th army have landed on the coast of a strange, unknown continent and find themselves facing an even more dangerous enemy: the Tiste Edur, a nightmarish empire pledged to serve the Crippled God… A brutal, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and dark, uncontrollable magic, this is fantasy at its most imaginative and storytelling at its most thrilling.From the Trade Paperback edition.
More than any book in the series up to this point, REAPER’S GALE reads like a conclusion to the story. Many plot threads are drawn together and culminate in conclusive finality. There is relatively little left unresolved after this book, and it could have served (and maybe was intended?) as the final entry in The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Fortunately, however, TOLL THE HOUNDS allows us the continued pleasure of experiencing this grand and challenging series.

Picking up where THE BONEHUNTERS and MIDNIGHT TIDES left off, REAPER’S GALE follows Adjunt Tavore’s beleaguered army as they set their eyes on the apparently-persecuted Letherii Empire. Expecting to find a repressed and ready-for-rebellion-against-the-Edur populace, the Bonehunters et al. land and begin sowing seeds of confusion and chaos. Meanwhile, Rhulad Sengar has become isolated in bureaucratic morass with smooth-talking aides keeping him paranoid and powerless. He has been distracted by a constant stream of unwilling “challengers” whom no matter how skillful, cannot defeat the seemingly-immortal Emperor of a Thousand Deaths. But enter two new challengers, our old friends Icarium Lifestealer and Karsa Orlong. Much of the story here revolves around the coming, possibly apocalyptic, battle between one of these two and Rhulad. Simultaneously, we follow a band of unlikely companions (Fear Sengar, Udinaas, Seren Pedac, Silchas Ruin, Kettle, and Clip) on their journey to recover the soul of Scabandari Bloodeye, and we keep up with Tehol and Bugg as their plot of destabilize the Letherii economy comes to fruition.

Multiple other story arcs fill in the space of this 1000+ page book. One follows another band of travelers (Trull Sengar, Quick Ben, Onrack the Broken, and eventually Hedge) who have been directed by Cotillion towards a not-obvious destination and purpose but end up in a realm of life-restoring magic with still-living Imass. Other story arcs follow the emergence of a new leader for the Shake, the discovery of ancient artifacts with troublesome implications, and the rise of the Errant as a contender for power. One space-consuming arc that didn’t add much to the broader saga surrounded a rebellion of the Awl against the Lether Empire, led by Redmask, a brilliantly done character, but one whose presence and relevance in this book is not clear. His destiny seems of paramount importance during most of the book but then… not much comes of it. This story arc does confirm the reemergence of the K’Chain Che’Malle, who seem to have chosen Redmask as their Mortal Sword, at least temporarily, indicating their intention to once again engage with the world.

The first half of REAPER’S GALE is spent introducing and progressing all of these disparate arcs, gradually bringing them into relation to one another. The second half of the book is rip-roaring awesomeness as Erikson achieves the impossible by taking each story on a headlong rush towards dramatic and complete-feeling climaxes. This made the second half of this book some of the best material to be found in the Malazan series (IMO). Many of the plot lines did not end as I expected (or wanted) them to, especially regarding Trull and Seren (truly torturous) and Icarium (which I am sure I do not understand). On the other hand, the confrontation between Rhulad and Karsa and the ensuing interaction between Karsa and the Crippled God was marvelous.

REAPER’S GALE features almost all the fan-favorite characters from the series, other notables of whom, beyond those mentioned above, include Fiddler, Hellian, Toc the Younger, Nisall, Featherwitch, Hannan Mosag, and Ublala Pung. There are also a few new characters worth mentioning, especially Karos Invictad and Sirryn Kanar, leaders of the Patriotists, the secret police with stability and order as their façade but power and wealth as their true agenda. Then there is Triban Gnol, whose web of lies and successful isolation of Rhulad sends the emperor ever closer to complete madness. The Patriotists and bureaucrats serve as wonderful antagonists in this story, effectively convey the frustration one feels when interacting with corrupt and pointlessly-difficult bureaucracy. Very well done by Erikson.
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is my favorite fantasy series going on right now. It has a beautifully developed world, interesting characters, and epic action. But if you've made it to Book 7 of the series, Reaper's Gale, then you already know all this. For fans of the first 6 books, this latest entry will not disappoint...and will leaving anxiously waiting for book 8.

Reaper's Gale starts off right where Bonehunters left off and picks up some of Midnight Tides loose threads. The Malazan 14th Army under Adjunct Tavore and featuring the remaining Bonehunters is heading to the continient of Lether to deal with another empire. Also heading to Lether are two champions recruited to face the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths in combat: Karsa Orlong and Icarium. Meanwhile, Trull, Onrack, and Quick Ben are recuperating in the realm of Shadow, but they won't be able to remain inactive for long. Picking up from Midnight Tides Tehol and Bugg continue their conspirtacy to undermine the Empire and Fear, Slichas Ruin, Udinaas, Kettle, and Seren Pedac continue their quest, as fugitives, to find the sould Scabandari Bloodeye. All the storylines really begin to come together and this makes for a great read.

That being said, Erikson does add a few new storylines that are tangential at best. We read from the POV of many new Letheri characters, most of whom are part of sinister organizations - and are not very compeling. There is also a storyline featuring a war between the Letheri and a neighboring tribe that seems to bear no relevance to the overall story. Some characters feature briefly and then fade away quickly or seem to be thrown in; Featherwitch and the Errant come to mind.

So while the story does sag with the weight of these additional storylines this is still a great read for all fans of everything Malaz. It has definitely whetted by appetite for Book 8 A Toll of Hounds.
For some reason I thought this book was a bit slower than the others so far, but I think that was due to it beeing more about a journey and wrapping up past storylines. I don't feel this book started a lot of new threads but instead tried to focus on tieing loose ends and bringing it all together. As always the book ends in somewhat of a disaster scenario, and as with most tales things ends well tough with a certain twist.
If it all ended now it would be enough. Even with the open threads it would be enough.

Once again great characters gritty and varied battles and I think the most powerful sadness yet portrayed. Got a little misty eyed and that isn’t something I have come to expect from the author, so once again I was happily surprised.
Erickson has a unique talent in creating a myriad o emotions through his writing. Whether you are laughing at one his hilarious conversations or grieving the loss of a beloved character, in my mind, he never fails to deliver writing at its best. Great action, awesome characters of high fantasy and the plot lines are many and cohesive. Truly a great author.
Book seven. Whew, what a ride through all of these characters. There are long periods of boredom in this book. More new faces appear to confuse me. I still am not deterred. I will finish this marathon.There are so many interesting people from the earlier works that you would think Erikson would have concentrated on developing them more. After all, there are about six thousand pages written so far. Just the fact that I will be finishing this series says it all for me. Bring on Book eight.
When does a fantasy series challenge you? When does the worst parts still stay with you? By no means is this book perfect. A heavy handed editor could turn these 10 books into 5 best sellers. Even so, it's remarkable on its imperfection.
Moments of heartbreaking sadness. Solid doses of humor. By far the best of an already enthralling series. I'm looking forward to book 8!