In Darujhistan, the city of blue blue ﬁre, it is said that Love and Death shall arrive dancing. It is summer, and the heat is oppressive, but for the small, rotund 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, ruled by 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 next chapter in Erikson's monumental series - epic fantasy at its most imaginative and storytelling at its most exciting.
"This novel and all others in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series follow my own pronunciations of Malazan words and names. My thanks to Michael and Jane and everyone at Brilliance Audio." (Steven Erikson, Victoria, B.C. Canada, January 2014)
"Extraordinarily enjoyable.... Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics." (Salon)
"Truly epic in scope, Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better." (SF Site)
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Good, but my least favorite of the series
The Narrator is very good and by book 8, I have gotten comfortable with his style and delivery. The pace and tone are good and the book itself has a decent pacing so part of his job is done for him.
This is book 8 in a 10 book series. It is, so far, my least favorite of the series. I actually read the books starting in the 1990s but had to get them from the UK which meant long periods of time between books.
I bought the series from Audible to listen to them in order, back to back. I have found that in doing so, subtle parts that I missed when reading the books so many years ago, I pick up on now.
They are all great, but this is my least favorite of the series. The book tells parts of the story from inconsistent points of view (in my opinion) which is not bad, but not as smooth as the earlier stories. Still, a good read, but just a different style than the other 7 books.
If you are listening to the series, by book 8 you are very comfortable with Michael's style and you recognize characters by voice. When I read the books, I sometimes had a hard time keeping the many, many characters straight. Especially if time had elapsed between my reading.
It is very difficult to do this given it is a 40 hour commitment. I do find myself trying to get to the end of a chapter or looking forward to a serious block of time when I can listen for a few hours at once.
This is a great series. While this is not my favorite book, I have both read and listened to it. I still highly recommend the book and the series.
Just stays good!