2018-03-01 14:26:44 UTC
Very minor spoilers here (initially - who knows where the thread will go?)
I finished Erikson's Reaper's Gale (#7 in the Malazan series)
two nights ago, and then re-read the final chapter & epilogue
again last night.
What a bummer - on several levels.
The carnage, darkness, and grimth in this one really made it
a tough slog for me. 300 pages (probably an underestimate)
sprinkled around of "the Letherii are evil, and these particular
Letherii are reeeeaaaalllly evil - here, let me show you" was
tedious, uninteresting, and off-putting.
The Redmask subplot seemed superfluous (knowing Erikson, it
probably wasn't), and the actions of both sides leading to the
very unsatisfying resolution of that subplot were out-of-character
dumb. That's out of character in-story, and out of charater for
I thought what happened to Trull Sengar (and Seren Pedac) was
simply gratuitous and unnecessary.
The final scenes regarding Silchas Ruin were also disappointing.
I specificaly refer to his choice/motivation for going to Lether,
and then the way that turns out.
There were plenty of plusses in here, and a lot of great writing
and great scenes. There's no doubt I'll read the next one, and
almost surely finish the whole series, but this one was easily
the least enjoyable so far.