Toll the Hounds: Book Eight of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
by Steven Erikson
Review by Steve Sawicki
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765310088
Date: 16 September 2008 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
This is book eight of The Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Most of this book is set in Darujhistan, where a prophecy is about to unfold. Deep in the intrigue are a set of retired Bridge Burners, running a pub while they wait for who knows what. At the same time, in the city of Black Coral, events are unfolding as Anomander Rake begins to set his own path of redemption and revenge. Within it all, Baruk, Cutter, Scillara, Isakaral Pust, Samar Dev, Mappo Runt, Picker, Antsy, Mallet, Duiker, Meese and Kruppe maneuver for their own advantage and lives. As usual, there is more than meets the eye and much more than can be told as the gods work to undermine each other and play their own games of dominance and fate. From official release/information:
In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the faded red waistcoat, discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the quarry has turned and the hunters become the hunted.
Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus. While the bards sing their tragic tales, somewhere in the distance can be heard the baying of Hounds...And in the distant city of Black Coral, where rules Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, ancient crimes awaken, intent on revenge. It seems Love and Death are indeed about to arrive...hand in hand, dancing.
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.
(Source: Tor Books)