Review: ‘The Crippled God’, Steven Erikson

The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a spectacular closure to a thrilling series. A lot of the storylines I still didn’t appreciate by the end of ‘The Dust of Dreams’ came to their own here, with characters merging to give structure to the overarching story arc.

There have been few authors who have captured my attention so thoroughly as Mr Erikson’s philosophical musings — the story in a story as well as generic internal monologues are both interesting devices and used in full here. That said, it could also be considered too complex to bring out specific examples of what I appreciate — my notes in this book reach a very high number, and in no way did i highlight everything I liked. Far more often, the passages were deserving in their own right, and I have a longer section cut out to muse on if I so wish.

Lastly, so much in this has the potential to expand our spiritual capacity: some values come through again as the most important ones, and in these it is the Adjunct whose actions throughout humble not only everyone else in her universe but also the reader.

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