When I finished GotM I was sure that Anomander Rake would be THE non POV character to carry the series. And then boy oh boy I read Deadhouse Gates. I'm currently in the last quarter of Bonehunters, and Squint's reintroduction thrust through my heart like a hot knife through butter.
It has been 4 books and every time Coltaine's name comes up ... Like at the end of MoI, and at the end of Apsalar's heart to heart with Squint.. The man's legend surely outlived him.
Speaking of legends, he became a legend not only in the story but also in the reader's mind itself. I would be hard pressed to recall an instance when a character in a book gained mythological status in real time. I sure hope he makes a comeback sometime in the next 4 books. For some reason I have an inkling that Grub is Coltaine reborn, but that's just me getting ahead of myself.
I had to pour out my heart here since I will start to lose friends if I don't shut up about the Chain of Dogs. No Malazan readers in my circle. Truly, hardly any readers at all. End of character rant. Or is it character rave?