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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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Nahruk! Great Novel

Once again, a pretty poor reading mars a tremendous story. I am getting used to it, but Erickson's beautiful, epic writing deserves better

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great book

loved it!!! tear jerker! now onto the grand final book. what a battle! crippled God here I come.

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great listen<br />

excellent story with one heck of a conclusion I can't wait for the crippled god!

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the series is getting wesker, but I need to know!

series is getting weaker and spiralling put of control but I'm hooked enough that I want to know how if finishes

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  • Jesse
  • 2015-03-06

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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  • Aran
  • 2015-03-10

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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  • Philip
  • 2016-06-07

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
  • 2015-04-20

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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  • Atle
  • 2016-01-30

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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  • Michael
  • 2019-05-16

this book sucks

worst one in the series so far, I'm on chapter 18 and not sure if I can finish it, right now I dont even care to find out how the series ends. it goes on and on and on abou people you've never heard of before and there stories suck.

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  • Perpetual Notion
  • 2019-04-02

Excellent. A return to form.

This book is tragic and beautiful. It is so much better than book 8 in terms of the story, the style and the writing itself. It might just be my favorite of the series.

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  • Connie J. Cooper
  • 2019-01-27

Going to need a re-read!

Got really confused on this one. Hoping CG helps me figure out what just happened. :-/

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  • Rakanishu
  • 2019-01-18

Not the best Malazan book. Still excellent fantasy

Bogged down by exposition in many parts, especially early on. Some threads (the Barghast, for example) don't tie in as neatly as all threads in prior books have, so they feel more like filler and not like the intricate tapestry the rest of the series has been. Best narration in the series so far by Paige.

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  • gamestrMAMA
  • 2018-10-30

Good, but sad

Good book, sad but good. I really enjoy all the books in this series. On to the next