The Bonehunters is a return to familiar ground after the fifth book. It pulls together nearly everything that came before, reaching all the way back to the beginning. The author was very aware of my desire to see how this would play out, employing many teasers to suggest who might encounter whom, with what greeting, under what conditions. There are many different characters heading to various destinations in service to sometimes mysterious missions, and a great part of the fun lies in trying to anticipate where these stories will cross one another.
The intersection scenes were everything I hoped they would be and a joy to read, every time. The Tor. At the same time, new people, places and history continue to be poured into the series. I'm no longer waiting for the "setup stage" to end - obviously new stuff is always going to keep coming.
My only criticism would be of the curious deviance from the typical rising action structure, as if this were two novels glued together. It rises to a climactic event before its halfway point, after which the plot reassembles and finds its way to a magnificent finish. Disclaimer: If you have not read the previous books in this series, don't start here. It would be way too confusing, even having read all the previous books its still confusing.
Also you either like or hate this series, better to find out at the beginning than the middle, no? When gods go to war, it's the mortals who suffer. And suffer mightily they do. Trying to explain this plot would take too long, and ruin the book. Needless to say all of the books from this series are beginning to be woven together. Sides are forming and you can feel a sense of the epic battles that are to come. That's not meant to gloss over the huge battles that are in this book, which there are many. Gods are fighting and dying, everyone is being drawn into an epic struggle for the fate of everything in the world.
Character Development is ongoing. Every book progressively builds on every character, their motives, their secretive or forgotten pasts, their wants, needs, hopes. It's amazing that with the multitudes of characters in Erikson's books he is able to continually weave them into people you want to know more about. The style of this book is hard to grasp at first.
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You have to be ready to read 50 pages on one or a group of characters, and then leave them for a while as you go to another group. All of them seem to be interconnected in some way and it's great to see the opposing views of situations. Only problem with this method is keeping track of everyone and their names. Sometimes I had to refresh my memory of previous characters. Not much I can say. If you're a fan of this series you have already read this. If not, what's your problem? We start off following on from House of Chains, looking at the army dealing with the aftermath of Sha'ik death in Raraku and the 14th Army.
Apsalar also strikes a deal with Cotillion to kill a few more people and then be free of him. As time goes by, however, things become appreciably more complex, well it's a Steven Erikson book, what did you expect?! Ganoes Paran comes back, and becomes High Fist. Dujek dies, off-stage as he spent most of his career in the books so far. The 14th Army, well elements of it, go through hell and come back in an earthly sense , and then they all go through hell in a more literal sense, particularly after making contact with the Tiste Edur from the Letheri Empire from Midnight Tides, and yet another new empire.
Add in a huge dose of very dirty politics mixed with bad judgments after personal tragedies, religious fundamentalism and more to finish the book and provide some interesting impetus for the next book or more, including a rematch between Icarium and Karsa Orlong, well it keeps going from strength to strength. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments.
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