Reviews of Bonehunters, the (2006)
Review by clong (2006-06-05)
The Bonehunters may have fewer moments of overpowering, myth-making storytelling than the previous four books, but it is nonetheless an astonishing book, and most importantly (for me anyway), it makes substantial progress on bringing together the disparate storylines of previous volumes and starting to build the series towards a climax and conclusion.
Virtually all of the best surviving characters from previous volumes make an appearance, with Apsalar and Ganoes Paran getting a subtantial share of story (and for a brief period actually travelling together). And as this book moves towards its climax key characters face ethical decisions that will test their loyalties to the breaking point.
The first quarter of the book felt a bit flat to me, but from the beginning of the assault on Y'Ghatan through the pulse-pounding final confrontations on the streets of Malaz City (we finally get to see the home of the empire!) the pacing is superb. Erikson's battle scenes are very convincing. And even this far into the series he shows he can still take us to new places that are brilliantly imaginative and yet clearly fit within the Malazan world.
Through six books I still believe that this is the best epic fantasy series being written today.