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After decades of internecine warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the Warlock King of the Hiroth. There is peace--but it has been exacted at a terrible price: a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst, deadly.

To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether, eager to fulfill its long-prophesized renaissance as an Empire reborn, has enslved all its less-civilized neighbors with rapacious hunger. All, that is, save one--the Tiste Edur. And it must be only a matter of time before they too fall--either beneath the suffocating weight of gold, or by slaughter at the edge of a sword. Or so destiny has decreed.
Yet as the two sides gather for a pivotal treaty neither truly wants, ancient forces are awakening. For the impending struggle between these two peoples is but a pale reflection of a far more profound, primal battle--a confrontation with the still-raw wound of an old betrayal and the craving for revenge at its seething heart.



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    Gallows Humor

    Around book three in this series I noticed Erikson started working in dark, wry humor between epic fantasy battles and mythic exposition. This book continues that trend and has some impressively hilarious banter. That said it's Malazan so there's also tragedy, eldritch horrors, and lots and lots of death. Overall I'm very pleased. It also has some very pointed social commentary about capitalism. Which is a first for any book I've read -- and works surprisingly well for a dark fantasy setting. Finally, as a mostly self-contained tale you could probably read this without reading any of the previous books. But I wouldn't recommend it as they are excellent. 5/5 good stuff.

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    Very disjointed writing, doesn't flow well

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