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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....

"This novel and all others in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series follow my own pronunciations of 'Malazan' words and names. My thanks to Michael and Jane and everyone at Brilliance Audio." - Steven Erikson, Victoria, B.C. Canada, January, 2014

©2009 Steven Erikson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Jesse
  • JAMAICA PLAIN, MA, United States
  • 03-06-15

Warning this is book 9 not 8!

Any additional comments?

Audible appears to have released books 8 and 9 in the wrong order. As of writing this book 8 isn't out yet. Just a warning for people.

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Not book 8.

Would you listen to Dust of Dreams again? Why?

Audible released in the wrong order. Can't get a straight answer from Audible as to when Book 8 will be released

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PAR

9 books in, over 360 hours of story... and I still have no idea what's going on. Oh well, I've gone this far, might as well finish it. Page is good :)

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  • John
  • Griffin, GA, United States
  • 04-20-15

Another Great Tale with Some Odd Narration Choices

Obviously writing a review of the ninth book in a series is going to be preaching to the choir. If you've kept up this long, you won't be stopping now because of anything you might read. But for those who haven't picked up this series yet, I'll tell you: it's still good after nine books! There's only one book left after this, so pick this series up now. By the time you get to this one, the last audiobook will have been released!

As far as the book itself goes, it's a fantastic read. I can't say it's my favorite of the series (Memories of Ice) but it's not my least favorite (Midnight Tides). The one big difference here, of course, is that this was never meant to be a complete book. Each previous volume ended with a conclusion that pulled together the loose threads and wove something meaningful out of them. This is - by the author's own admission - halfway through the final volume which was split for publishing costs (and for the sake of the readers, according to Erikson). So perhaps when I finally get around to The Crippled God I'll be able to further appreciate this story which was - all things considered - a good listen (minus a few unpleasant moments in the book that might be hard to stomach for some readers).

A few minor complaints about narration: Steven Erikson writes that this novel uses the original pronunciation of names, peoples, magic, etc that he intended when he first wrote them down. And that's fantastic that this audiobook can reflect that. But there have been 8 previous audiobooks that have Quick Ben's full name pronounce Ben [a-DAY-fon-DEH-lat]. Now it's pronounced Ben [AH-deh-fon-deh-LAHT]. When Ralph Lister performed Memories of Ice, "Hetan" was pronounced "HEE-ten"; now it's pronounced [heh-tan]. The word "Mhybe" was pronounced [MY-bee] now, it's pronounced [muh-HIBE]. It took me a second to figure out what they were saying when I first heard it, this being a word from a fictional language.

I get that Erikson wanted the audiobooks to be, well, books read out-loud, not dramatic adaptations, but after nearly 400 hours of audio I think it would have been easier on us, the listeners, for the pronunciations to have remained consistent.

Finally, while Michael Page does a stellar job reading this, he has this generic eastern-European-meets-Arab voice that he uses for a lot of characters. There's literally nothing I can hear that distinguishes Kalam from Gall (a supporting character we're introduced to in this book). It doesn't ruin the book by any stretch, and Michael Page was just following his director, but it was jarring enough to lose a star (I bet Messrs Page and Erikson just fret about that at night).

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Amongst the best there is

Dark and wonderfully depressing, a masterpice of agony and despair. A fantasy epic that grips you and doesn't let go.

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A lot of filler with action-packed cliffhanger end

The further along the series goes, the author spends more and more time on philosophical reflections, and less on moving the plot along. Hopefully all the threads will come together in the last book.

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Depressing yet Fantastical

The 9th book in the Malazan book of the fallen is more depressing and horrific than any other entry in the series so far. Characters face the end of friendship, love, and life. Yet despite this bleakness that settles over the Malazans and their allies, there is triumph, comeradere and adventure. The author's forward warns that this book does not tie up all of the loose ends, as it is only the first of two parts, and this rings true. Many questions are left unanswered and fates left unknown that I cannot wait to download and begin the 10th book in the saga.

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Tedious, sophomoric, and predictable

every character, including nonhuman ones, have the exact same phrasing, motivation, and internal dialogue. if the author shares this view of the world, it is a wonder he survived long enough to crank out ten volumes of this like.

The narrator did his best to put lipstick on this pig, and if there had been anything but repetition (characters, themes, journeys, unresolved threads) in this one The Same As all The Other Books, he would've been successful.

I got through the artificially-inflated volume by skipping forward, every time people (humans or Jhag or Trell or ghosts or lizards or aliens or gods or dogs or wolves or demons or friggin everything) started whining to themselves, or traveling-together-with-unwelcome-protection-of-a-female-character-who-acts-hateful, or the-elderly-weak-and-contemned (it's a real word, look it up) man-with-hidden-powers, or yada-yada-yada. Saved myself 3/4 of the tedium.

Still, it gives me hope- if this stuff can be successful, anyone can crank out crap and sell it.

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awesome

the saga continue and it is as awesome as the other book. keep up the good work!

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something worth perusing

as much as it it is time consuming and trite at times , it's wonderful