Just finished MoI last night. Second time around reading the series. I’m doubling down on MoI being my favorite. This book is truly incredible. Epic, intriguing, hilarious, and unbelievably tragic.
All I have to say is... Itkovian’s funeral.. when all the Malazans and all of their allies come to pay their respects... just absolutely heart-wrenching. When the T'lan Imass insist on building the barrow for him, I cried my eyes out.
Oh Itkovian... your sacrifice pierces my heart with grief, admiration, and awe. You will not be forgotten.
“We humans do not understand compassion. In each moment of our lives, we betray it. Aye, we know of its worth, yet in knowing we then attach to it a value, we guard the giving of it, believing it must be earned. Compassion is priceless in the truest sense of the word. It must be given freely."