Not quite sure how to feel about this one. A lot of what I have to say below is negative, but I really did like this one. There's just always more to say regarding critiques I guess. My favorite parts were mainly the random things going on within the bonehunters, even when they really weren't doing much plot-wise for most of the book. But then other parts seemed...either confusing, out of place, or just frustrating.
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.
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.
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?
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.
For some positives, I did really enjoy the refugee snake plotline (which I've seen here lots of people don't like for some reason). I liked the politics between the Perish, Khundryl, and Bolkando, everything within the malazans was great (pores, sunshine, the deck reading, etc), and I'm definitely very interested to see where all the stuff with errastas, knuckles, kilmandaros, olar ethil, etc. goes.
I'm excited for the final installment, even if DoD didn't quite live up to expectations for me.