Book 6 in a 10-book series never drags. This is one of 5 books in the series you could reasonably argue is Erikson’s best. It has many of the strengths of my favorite book of the series, Memories of Ice, specifically huge, incredible set pieces throughout the novel. The battle in Y’Ghatan was one of the craziest chapters (clocking in at like 100 pages) I’ve ever read and it’s only about 1/3 of the way through the book. The tension in those scenes just builds and the momentum is relentless. Likewise, the climax of the novel is thrilling.
So many huge things happen in the 1200 pages. There are some more disparate threads, and the novel isn’t quite as tightly plotted as Memories of Ice and Midnight Tides (still my favorites in the series). That’s the only thing preventing this novel from being right there with my favorite Malazan novels. But nonetheless, this is every bit as epic as any novel in the series and an example of Erikson continuing to deliver in enormous ways.