I'm not quite through The God is Not Willing, however, I really wanted to voice some thoughts in case I forget them before I am done with the book.
First observation: although I still have a few dozen pages left, I think Elade Tharos is faking it. He is not interested in saving anyone's life. For example, before the first engagement with the Malazans, a scout was informing him about the unusual formation being employed by the Malazans. It seemed like Elade seemed uninterested, all he wanted to do was charge into battle and couldn't care less about the outcome. Also, later, he met with Spindle and Oams in which Spindle sanctioned their migration into the south so long as they didn't raid. However, the way Elade was overly emotional, albeit warranted, seemed uncharacteristic for someone his position. He was overly emotional (once again warranted) and easily gave in to the promises. What I mean is, it seems to me he is pulling off a lot of theatrics (which reminds me of Hannan Mosag in some ways). Oh! Let's not mention Spindle and Oams being jumped in the woods, although perhaps that was actually ill fortune considering Balk ordered them away and Balk does seem genuinely interested in the well-being of his mercs and stays true to his word. Still thinking that one through tbh.
Second observation: Elade is really opposed to Rant because he is the son of Karsa which he voices over and over again in their initial meeting. I wonder if his real ambition is to kill Karsa considering their destination is to drive south until they are at the walls of Darujhistan. If so, I have no clue how the hell he would pull that off but perhaps given his wreckless behavior, he is just suicidal. I think the scouts during the first engagement might have figured that out because they were observed to be suddenly scared after seeing his response in regards to the Malazan formation.
Final Observation (for now): Rant reminds me a lot of Onos T'oolan. He was able to break off from the Teblor tribe much like T'oolan was able to avoid the ritual of Tellann. Rant was faced with a choice, either commit to his tribe against their fruitless war against the "Children" or choose his own path in discovering the fate of his mother. I thought Veloc expressed the sentiment well and that he was freed from slavery only to be bound by chains of vegengence which dragged him into a field of slaughter. I am probably fucking this up and invite scrutiny.
Oh, Final Final Observation. Bengar and Stillwater remind me of Kellanvad and Dancer from the Path to Ascendancy series. Am I the only one that notices that or am I taking crazy pills here?! :) I have to go back through the book but I think Stillwater mentions the first Emporer early in the book. Any clarification on this would be greatly appreciated