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The Malazan Book of the Fallen has become so complex that it’s very difficult to keep all of the storylines in order. It’s totally worth the effort, but these books are not exactly the sort that you can just pick up and read quickly. The Bonehunters is no exception and I found myself jumping back to the reference of who’s who quite a bit.

I struggle to write this review because so much that I want to say would be spoiler material for people who are beginning the series. But what I can say is that The Bonehunters was awesome! The Bridgeburners and some of their history and what made them who they are has been a theme throughout the series. In The Bonehunters we get to see something similar happen to a new troop of soldiers. It’s painful, it’s tragic, it’s tense, and gripping for the reader to be drawn into the events that lead these soldiers to become who they will be.

There are many other storylines that are equally interesting. Characters continue to unfold and we get an even better idea of how some of the storylines are interlinked. This keeps you tightly tied to the series. Erikson is not afraid to kill characters in this series. We’ve seen it before and it doesn’t seem that he’s done with it yet.

Two things really stood out in The Bonehunters. I especially liked the development and personality growth of Shadowthrone and the Rope. I also really, really liked the way that Erikson describes the hidden camaraderie and rivalry within military organizations. My favorite thing is that he’s quite willing to let his heroes be small guys who are not famous leaders.

A brief plot summary is impossible without spoiling The Bonehunters. There are battles, there is betrayal, there is humor, there is triumph, and most importantly the series takes some big steps forward towards the massive cataclysm that we have been inching towards since the Malazan saga began.

The Malazan Book of the Fallen — (1999-2011) Publisher: The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze. However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand.

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    JOHN HULET is a member of the Utah Army National Guard. John’s experiences have often left a great void that has been filled by countless hours spent between the pages of a book lost in the words and images of the authors he admires. During a 12 month tour of Iraq, he spent well over $1000 on books and found sanity in the process. John lives in Utah and works slavishly to prepare soldiers to serve their country with the honor and distinction that Sturm Brightblade or Arithon s’Ffalenn would be proud of. John retired from FanLit in March 2015 after being with us for nearly 8 years. We still hear from him every once in a while.

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