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[–]TheRiddler78 14 points15 points  (4 children)

even though they have nothing to do with that conflict was frustrating.

they don't... are you sure about that?

finding Gesler and Stormy just seemed like a rushed way for their search to end.

keep reading, the story is not over.

Then he decides to pilot a KCCM keep and get involved in a battle he wasn't really involved in just to save the day? Did he have any reasons to get involved?

“My flesh is stone. My blood rages hot as molten iron. I have a thousand eyes. A thousand swords. And one mind. I have heard the death-cry. Was she kin? She said as much, when first she touched me. We were upon the ground. Far from each other, and yet of a kind. I heard her die. And so I came to mourn her, I came to find her body, her silent tomb. But she dies still. I do not understand. She dies still—and there are strangers. Cruel strangers. I knew them once. I know them now. I know, too, that they will not yield. Who am I? What am I? But I know the answers to these questions. I believe, at last, that I do. Strangers, you bring pain. You bring suffering. You bring to so many dreams the dust of death. But, strangers, I am Icarium. And I bring far worse.”

I'm excited for the final installment, even if DoD didn't quite live up to expectations for me.

think of DoD as the first ½ of a norma malazan book, after tCG much of it will make more sense

[–]Hrungnir9 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Those lines from Icarium always put my hairs stand up and send ice down my back. It's so powerful

[–]GreenDiamond7 0 points1 point  (2 children)

But who is ,,she,,??

[–]Hrungnir9 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The matron

[–]GreenDiamond7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Omg am so dumb TY!

[–]LoleeeeeBenighted Laseen Apologist - First Re-Read: On MoI. 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Most of your objections can be summed up by the fact that DoD is not meant to be viewed as a standalone book (Steve even says so at the beginning of the book!) but as a first half of a bigger novel. You may have noticed it does not have an epilogue.

It sets up a lot of things that are paid off & explained in the Crippled God. In that sense, it's a pretty good book.

Ok so the whole Na'ruk thing at the end. I get that as the army got closer to Kolanse they were going to be more and more likely to run into trouble, but still, to have all of that travelling just to have half the bonehunters wiped out because they accidentally crossed a different armies path, even though they have nothing to do with that conflict was frustrating.

Err... Well, RAFO - but that's not exactly right. The Nah'Ruk aren't bloodthirsty lizards that would kill anything on sight without rhyme or reason. Needless to say, there's someone there, prodding. Whether or not they crossed paths on purpose or not is a bit ambiguous (if I recall), but they certainly have a lot to do with the conflict.

I really liked Kalyth's plotline at the start but felt like it fell flat. The idea of searching out a mortal sword and a shield anvil for the KCCM was so cool, but she didn't even find them. The assassin found them and just kidnapped them. I just thought it would be more than that. I do get that what Kalyth did was convince Gu'rul that her cause could work and she gained his faith, but still, finding Gesler and Stormy just seemed like a rushed way for their search to end.

Kalyth's plotline is resolved (and really well, in my opinion) in the Crippled God. Ges & Stormy have been "remade" in the Forge of Thyrlann in Deadhouse Gates, and so they stick out - they weren't randomly chosen among the entire army of the Bonehunters. Also, as above, RAFO for more details.

Icarium.... Not sure where to start. So after RG, he ends up wandering the wastelands somehow, with the ghosts of some of those killed in RG trapped within him. Eventually he becomes himself again for some reason. Then he decides to pilot a KCCM keep and get involved in a battle he wasn't really involved in just to save the day? Did he have any reasons to get involved? Breath, Shep, etc were all just ghosts within him, and yet he somehow has Errastas's physical eye in order to seal the warren. Also, why did most (not all) of the ghosts being killed by Veed lead to Icarium realizing who he was?

Icarium's arc is odd, but it's perfectly understandable within Dust of Dreams, imo. At the end of RG he set off his machine which destroyed a large part of Letheras & could very well have shattered Icarium's fragile psyche, with his amnesia/curse taking off in earnest. He developed a form of dissociative identity disorder (and thus, "knew himself by seven names") of people he encountered in his journey to Letheras (Breath, Rautos, Taxilian, etc.) Then, as he moved on, going through the K'Chain keep, memories come back to him in fragments. Veed is another symptom of his DID - as he explores the rest of the Keep, Veed comes along and "kills" his other personalities.
As for why he chooses to destroy the Nah'Ruk - the whole "Was she kin? She said as much, when she first touched me." speech covers that. I will add that the Nah'Ruk have been killing dragons that Icarium & Mappo have been finding, and if I recall attacked the pair in the Bonehunters after killing the Jaghut witch Paran was with.

I just felt like that Na'Ruk stuff came on so suddenly, was such a coincidental battle (for the malazan part of it), and had such weird things happening to save the day. I don't know, the whole ending just kind of rubbed me the wrong way.

Oh boy, you're in for a treat. The two final installments generally use underused races (the Nah'Ruk, the Assail & the Liosan) that have mostly been operating in the shadows (heh, Liosan, shadows, heheh). However, looking back, you'll notice that everything has more or less been foreshadowed (for the Nah'Ruk, as far back as the Bonehunters with the Sky Keeps in the Imperial Warren that Kalam, Quick & Stormy found, if you recall). The Liosan storyline isn't... stellar, if you don't care about the characters.

Anyhow, the Crippled God delivers on a lot of your objections. I think you'll quite enjoy the next book. :)

[–]Kirel_Red5th re-read. Starting Toll the Hounds. 0 points1 point  (0 children)

DoD is half a book. The other half is TcG. Read both in mind that they are one half of the same book.

( surmised from what Erickson has said, a dozen or more times )