The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen #10) ★☆☆☆☆

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Title: The Crippled God
Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen #10
Author: Steven Erikson
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 934
Format: Digital Edition



Adjunct Tavore and the Bonehunters separate from their erstwhile allies as they make a 3 pronged attack on the heart of the recently arisen Forkrul Assail empire, which holds the Crippled God’s heart. Along with gods, various elder races and even the dead, all conspire to set the Crippled God free to return him to his own world and thus begin the healing of their own world. The Perish Grey Helms turn traitor and massive amounts of people die.

At the same time an Ototaral Dragon is resurrected and set free. She is the opposite to all the other Eleint, dragons, who are at heart forces of chaos while she is a force of utter negation. The embodiment of Chaos, known as Tiam begins to manifest but the Ototarol Dragon is chained thus setting the Eleint free from their own frenzy, which dissolves Tiam’s hold over them and dissipates her own Manifesting.

Lots of other things happen.

Tavore and the Malazans and their allies are able to free the Crippled God and he returns to his own world. Shadowthrone and Cotillion hint at each other that everything has been part of an even bigger plan but mention zero details or anything concrete.

As good an ending as one can hope for with the author’s known penchant for deliberate obfuscation and outright misdirection.


My Thoughts:

I read over my review from 2011. Eight years later, not one single thing has changed in my mind about this book. It is remains a piece of trash where the author masterbates to his own supposed cleverness with words and is nothing but a dung heap of rubbish pseudo-philosophy.

I finished this and all I could think was “Why did Erikson even bother writing this?” The battle scenes were incredible and show that the skill in writing the first book was no fluke. Which makes my question even more pertinent, as it means he wrote such pointless reams of words on purpose. FOR NO PURPOSE.

What a killjoy way to end a series that started out so promising 2 years ago. And this re-read did not change my mind about the series overall, as I was hoping it would. Well, it does reinforce that I’ll not read another book by Erikson, no matter what. He wrote this book and ended the series this way, he doesn’t deserve any more of my money, time or attention. I almost feel like I’m doing a disservice to book bloggers everywhere by even bringing attention to his name now. Bleh.



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33 thoughts on “The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen #10) ★☆☆☆☆

  1. I loved “Gardens of the Moon.” The series was all downhill from there, in my opinion. And I agree that I will never go back to re-reading it – except for maybe “Gardens.”

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  2. I’m pretty sure I will only read book 3, and call it quits after that. Good to know I shouln’t feel bad about it.

    My main question here: why did you even start the reread? Masochism? A misplaced sense of duty? Doubts about your own opinions? It seems so out of character 🙂

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    1. I started this series re-read because I wanted to make sure that my initial impression was correct. From ’10-through ’14 was a bad time for us (job, money and health) and it affected so many areas of our lives. And then when I re-read Gardens of the Moon and was just so blown away I figured I’d better make sure.
      So if you look at this re-read as a project more than just a casual fun re-read, that might help. Of course, a strong dose of New England doughtiness comes into play and probably a bit masochism isn’t that far off the mark! 😉

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  3. Oh, my! Didn’t realize this series was so long!
    When i was in uni, one of my classmates kept telling me on a weekly basis to read this. That was 10 years ago… Last year i bought book #1, but haven’t read it yet.
    I’m quite intimidated. I’m not even into this genre so much. 😀

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  4. Was malazan only a 10 book series? I have heard there are other prequel books to it or something. Im sad that this ends crappy, should i be wary of even starting this, even after i met a band that sing of this series?

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    1. There are 6 books AFTER this one by his co-writer Ian Esslemont. Then Erikson wrote 2 books in an unfinished trilogy that was so atrociously bloviated that no one could stand it (hence why he never wrote the 3rd book). Esslemont is now writing another prequel trilogy, the final book which comes out this march or april.

      So, confused yet? Hahahahaa. You might like this series more than me, as I’m pretty sensitive to the Existential philosophy and get pretty depressed from it :-/

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        1. Sorry about that.
          Ok, Bloviated is super over written, over described piece of crap.
          Existential philosophy is one that states that there is NO meaning in the universe. There is more to it, but that is it boiled down to its core essence.

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    Do you like pain? Hahahahaha

    I’m really scared to keep on reading and abandoned my whole project. I still had really good memories of the whole series and even the ending was alright? Even though huge chunks of the last couple of books were unnecessary & too much whinge & monologue… But re-reading.. kinda highlighted all the flaws…

    I will probably ignore the books from now on. What a shame!!

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    1. Yep, I think this confirms my masochist tendencies!

      I think you are making the right choice in ignoring the series from now on. Of course, the new prequel trilogy by ICE has been awesome, so maybe some day you’ll read that…

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