Well, I think somebody needs to just take out my heart, wrap a bow around it, and mail it to Steven Erikson.
The Bonehunters is book six in Erikson’s acclaimed Malazan series. Chances are, if you’ve read the previous 5,000 pages in the story, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what you’re in for here.
Unparalleled worldbuilding. Marines. A complex story with way more layers than an onion. The usual.
But I still can’t help but be enthralled by these works. The Bonehunters clocks in at something like 1200 pages, but I still felt like it was a page turner. This book has some of the most intense set-pieces to date in the series, and by now, if you don’t have an emotional attachment to many of the characters, you’re in trouble.
And there’s something else worth mentioning: Erikson has a lot to say in these books. He presents varied viewpoints on war, betrayal, love, economics, and far more. I find myself highlighting little bits and pieces all over the place.
These books aren’t for everyone. They are dark, violent, and incredibly complex. But they’ve seized hold of me in a way no other series has. I’m excited to continue and see where this epic leads.