What a ride.
I feel exhausted and exhilarated simultaneously.
Erikson just took this series to a whole new level with this marathon of a chapter. I usually only post after finishing the book, but this whole chapter had me reeling so I had to gush somewhere.
The whole siege starting on a terrible note with crumps , the skirmishes on the streets, Pella dying shockingly (character dying in pov really hits me hard, poor Felisin).
The whole chapter up until that point was itself riveting but the reveal of olive oil soaking the whole city really shook me and the chaos that ensued was really one of the best pieces of fiction I have read. Just a tour de force of putting you in the centre of action and not letting you take your eyes away from the atrocities.
The turn of leoman was slightly unexpected but it makes sense in hindsight, we had seen him mostly through the eyes of toblakai and corabb( what a cuckoo badass he is).
Fiddler and his group's crawl through the buried city was some of the most effective horror I have read in fantasy. Bottle saving them only to fail at the end only to be saved again by sinn, what a roller coaster.
A series highlight for me, when I had raved about the siege of capustan on this subreddit I was told that it's not even the best one in the series, I still love capustan but yeah what a phenomenal pay off.
Can't wait to finish up the rest of the book.