Time for part eight in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson, which is still brilliant, still epic, and still over a thousand pages on average per book. This is definitely not a stand-alone book (unless you enjoy missing 7000 pages of back story). In this book we are in two places most of the time, in alternating chapters. On the one hand we are in Black Coral, where Anomander Rake and his Tiste Edur have settled after the loss of Moon’s Spawn and where the Redeemer’s religion is gaining ground. On the other hand we spend a lot of time in Darujhistan with the group of Bridgeburners that live there, the old Darujhistan crowd and the ship on which Barathol, Chaur, Scillara, Cutter and Envy traveled. Of course in the end all story lines come together in a truly devastating way.
I enjoyed this book about as much as all the others, it had humor, love, loss, and all emotions in between. The only thing that just annoyed me was so much Kruppe. He narrated the chapters in Darujhistan, and pretty soon I was dreading them. Good thing the story itself was so good. Four out of five stars.