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This god of promises laughs At the wrong things, wrongly timed Unmaking all these sacrifices In topl malice Recoil like a soldier routed Even as retreat is denied Before corpses heaped high in walls You knew this would come At last and feign nothing, no surprise To find this cup filled With someone else’s pain It’s never as bad as it seems The taste sweeter than expected When you squat in a fool’s dream So take this nalazan Where you will, the dogged cur Is the charge of my soul To the center of the street Spinning round all fangs bared Snapping at thirsty spears Thrust cold and purged of your hands.

Why, if he met it again he’d kiss it – but nowhere near where it licked itself because there were limits, after all, and anywhere a can could lick itself was nowhere he’d kiss. When the purpose of the prayer becomes seeking of hope or a blessing, or the sense that something greater than yourself might acknowledge your helplessness — all of which in order to serve your wants and needs — does a prayer becomes a meaning of reciprocity?

Glory and portent, delightful reunion and terrible imminence, winged this and winged that and escapes and releases and pending clashes and nefarious demands for recompense over a single mouthful of spat wine, such a night!

The structure has indeed become quite reminiscent of a Wheel of Time book, with everything going down in the final fifth of the book.

Malazna Runt is anxious to find Icarium, who is on the Letheri continent. So few, Lord, and fewer with each generation, until now here you stand, virtually alone.


Both of these conditions were amply fulfilled in this book. What sort of mind thinks that? Robin Hobb writes great characters that I love to hate. Deep within the sword, Chaos and Dark are about to battle each other to extinction, possibly ending the world and all realms in it.

Let’s start with the necessary – but I promise very brief – what, where and who. Erikson has a way of tying in events or little phrases that relate back to previous books that I really enjoy.

Wow, so that was the eighth book. Martin with their large casts, it’s that stories on an epic scale that have only one main character are unrealistic. A lot more happens in Reaper’s Gale, yet I enjoyed this one a lot more. His plots are intricate, inter-related and have a very deep history.

Even the “excessive introspection” I hated initially made more sense this time and even added to the enjoyment. I waited a couple of days to write this review, just so I wouldn’t be too negative, but I think it’s only reduced my invective. Are both acts of violence? This was really painful to read.

But it’s the weakest Erikson yet. Iskaral Pust rode like a madman. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow.

This one to me, more than the others, brought together characters and threads in such a a way to finally see and appreciate the time and planning that must have gone into this amazing sequence of novels.

Retrieved 20 October The first is in a “necropolis of sorts”, where two people, who are revealed to be dead, witness a meeting between Hood, Edgewalker, Shadowthrone and Anomander Rake, though they are not privy to what is discussed. While the climaxes of the preceding books tend to commence around the last ten percent or with two main chapters remaining, we are treated to a doubly extended climactic ending in this volume. Leff and Scorch, Iskaral Pust who I normally like and the entire Trygalle Trade Guild all massively annoyed me, especially the latter who’s sections wasted 2 really cool characters in Gruntle and Mappo and seemed to drag on forever.

No existence is truly benign. But for most of us there is strength in a specialized society that can produce things like doctors and farmers and glasses makers for us near sighted folks. Anyway, after slogging through the or so contract-filling pages I made a concerted effort in the last week to polish this guy off. And it was just as magical as I imagined it would be. A thrilling, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and dark, uncontrollable magic, “Toll the Hounds” is the new chapter in Erikson’s monumental series – epic fantasy at its most imaginative and storytelling at its most exciting.


All is not well. I’ve read a ton of books by an eclectic bunch of authors but I have never experienced anything close to this before. Sep 22, Chris Berko rated it it was amazing.

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It has hundreds of pages of filler and attempts to add colour the humour of Kruppe and the Magus of Shadow is, umm, pathetic? Yeah, shocking, I know. After reading multiple relatively negative reviews for Toll the Hounds, I am a little reluctant.

A balance can be said to exist, one never iterated, whereby the eternal war is held in houndw, so as to avoid anarchy. Whichever you decide, the forest itself remains unchanged.

It’s not that I hate having these types of characters as much is failing to see what other readers found so compelling in him and characters alike. Even more amazingly, is how Erikson elevated him to such lofty ideals without ever having his own point-of-view, as if the very enigma from doing so made him ever more compelling and charismatic.

It can be tedious read if you’re not invested in every single character, but personally I find each individual’s approach to cope with the sense of displacement is especially interesting.

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I feel like I’ve come home again to the Phoenix Inn and caught up with old friends. What are the rules and prohibitions? View all 9 comments. Their actions make sense within their own character context and nothing feels forced.

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