Full review with spoilers(10min):
I really like Erikson’s ability to add new characters within the Malazan army’s different squads and make me care about their characters. I loved the Ruin party story-arc and the Rhulad story-arc. The Malazans were the highlight of the story and the additional characters in the Malazan squads made me laugh, get angry, and be sad.
I really didn’t like the abuse depicted in this book with Tanal and Janeth. It was unneeded and really didn’t add much to the story. There were also too many references to child abuse too. Almost all of the Liberty Consign individuals were awful and uninteresting people. For the most part, I felt that the conflict in the east between the Letherii and Awl was pointless and unneeded. There were a lot of point of views that could have been cut. A long stretch of this book has nothing really happening. The weakest Malazan book so far and a drop in the quality of writing in my opinion.
15/25 Possible Score
3/5 – Plot
3/5 – Characters
3/5 – Setting/World Building
3/5 – Writing Style
3/5 – Heart & Mind Aspect