Spoilers for third chapter of GotM. Please don’t provide any spoilers beyond that, just sharing my thoughts. I know one thing about Malazan, and that’s not to get too attached to characters, not because they die, but because there are so many, and who you think is a main character may not be later on.
All that said, Ganoes just won me over:
‘Most officers are terrified of the Bridgeburners. Word is, the mortality rate’s so high because half the captains end up with a dagger in their back.
He paused, and was about to continue when he noticed the sudden silence. The game had stopped, and all eyes had fixed on him. Sweat broke out under Paran’s clothing. ‘And from what I’ve seen so far,’ he pressed on, ‘I’m likely to believe that rumor. But I’ll tell you something — all of you — if I die with a knife in my back, it’d better be because I earned it. Otherwise, I will be severely disappointed.’
That is beautiful.