Review – Blood and Bone

Blood and Bone (Malazan Empire #5)Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont
Synopsis from GoodReads:
In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit-realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata. Saeng grew up knowing only the rule of the magus Thaumaturgs — but it was the voices out of that land’s forgotten past that she listened to. And when her rulers mount an invasion of the neighboring jungle, those voices send her and her brother on a desperate mission.

To the south, the desert tribes are united by the arrival of a foreign warleader, a veteran commander in battered ashen mail whom his men call, the Grey Ghost. This warleader takes the tribes on a raid like none other, deep into the heart of Thaumaturg lands. While word comes to K’azz, and mercenary company the Crimson Guard, of a contract in Jacuruku. And their employer… none other than Ardata herself.

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Series Appreciation – Malazan Book of the Fallen

Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)I’ve debated doing this for a while.  The Malazan Book of the Fallen is my favorite series.  I keep returning to reread it over and over again, even though it takes forever to do that, and it comes up a lot on my blog, both on Top Ten Tuesday lists and when reviewing other epic fantasy.  But I finished the series for the first time before I started reviewing books here, so there aren’t any reviews for the main ten-book series on my blog, just reviews for the side books as I get to them.

Now that I’ve finished my latest reread of the main ten books, I’ve decided to do an appreciation-post-slash-review of the entire series, as a way to try and show why I love the series.  I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but there will be mentions of series-long themes, some of which might count as spoilers.

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