For Chapter 6, I thought I’d share some quotes just so you can see the kind of writing that Erikson does.
Concerning Beneth, Felisin’s current “owner” at the slave mines.
Uncertainties now plagued his life; like bloodfly larvae they crawled beneath his skin, growing as they gnawed on his flesh
Duiker the exiled historian, returning to the city to see if any Malazans survived the uprising
Every now and then a distant scream sounded from the city’s heart. It was clear that the mutiny’s destructive ferocity had turned on itself. Freedom had been won, at the cost of everything.
Duiker viewed all he saw with a growing numbness. The terrible agony that had been unleashed here seemed to remain coiled in the air, poised, ready to snatch at his sanity. In self-defence, his soul withdrew, deeper, ever deeper. His power to observe remained, however, detached completely from his feelings – the release would come later, the historian well knew; the shaking limbs, the nightmares, the slow scarification of his faith.
Icarium and Mappo find a sailboat in a cave, in the middle of a desert. Said conversation ensues.
‘So, not Iskaral Pust’s craft.’
‘Well, either the mule or Servant.’
Mappo nodded. He rubbed his bristled jaw. ‘I’ll grant you a mule in a boat dragging nets through the shoals might be interesting enough to garner a god’s curiosity, sufficient to collect the two for posterity.’
Fiddler, Crokus and Apsalar are in the desert and only Fiddler knows the real reason they are there.
Fiddler growled an oath, pushing away the futility clawing at his thoughts. They would have to find Tremorlor, before the Whirlwind swallowed them whole.
By the end of Chapter 8, I am roughly 1/3 of the way done with this book. Coltaine, the Fist [General] of the Malazan 7th Army, must guide almost 40,000 Malazan civilians across a continent that has suddenly revolted against Malazan rule and has the power of prophecy to bolster their revolt. And yet by this mark in the book, he’s just left his first city and is making a run for it. Things get bloody intense in the chapters to come.
This is what one person envisions Mappo and Icarium looking like:
Mappo on the left, Icarium on the Right
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