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Cover: The Crippled God by Steven Erikson


The Crippled God by Steven EriksonHere is the UK cover for The Crippled God by Steven Erikson!

No word on the Tor Books cover, although they might consider going after this one!

I am a fan of the UK covers for this series. For the most part they have been uniform, using the talents of artist Steve Stone. The Crippled God is the final book in Erikson’s ten-book Malazan Book of the Fallen epic, considered one of the best epic fantasies of the last 15 years. Now that the final book is being published, look for a large marketing push in getting people to read the completed series.

I will definitely be one of them. I’ve read Gardens of the Moon but stopped there. As I’ve said before I read completed series because, to be honest, my time is important to me and I can’t spend it re-reading books in long series.

Since I’ve known Steve for many years and I admire him for his intelligence and wit, I’m looking forward to reading the sequels to Gardens of the Moon.

I hope others do the same!

Here is the description for The Crippled God:

Savaged by the K’Chain Nah’Ruk, the Bonehunters march for Kolanse, where waits an unknown fate. Tormented by questions, the army totters on the edge of mutiny, but Adjunct Tavore will not relent. One final act remains, if it is in her power, if she can hold her army together, if the shaky allegiances she has forged can survive all that is to come. A woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, Tavore Paran of House Paran means to challenge the gods — if her own troops don’t kill her first.

Awaiting Tavore and her allies are the Forkrul Assail, the final arbiters of humanity. Drawing upon an alien power terrible in its magnitude, they seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate every human, every civilization, in order to begin anew. They welcome the coming conflagration of slaughter, for it shall be of their own devising, and it pleases them to know that, in the midst of the enemies gathering against them, there shall be betrayal. In the realm of Kurald Galain, home to the long lost city of Kharkanas, a mass of refugees stand upon the First Shore. Commanded by Yedan Derryg, the Watch, they await the breaching of Lightfall, and the coming of the Tiste Liosan. This is a war they cannot win, and they will die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects.

Elsewhere, the three Elder Gods, Kilmandaros, Errastas and Sechul Lath, work to shatter the chains binding Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, and release her from her eternal prison. Once freed, she will be a force of utter devastation, and against her no mortal can stand. At the Gates of Starvald Demelain, the Azath House sealing the portal is dying. Soon will come the Eleint, and once more, there will be dragons in the world. And so, in a far away land and beneath indifferent skies, the final cataclysmic chapter in the extraordinary ‘Malazan Book of the Fallen’ begins.

The Crippled God by Steven Erikson has a UK release date of February 11, 2011!


4 Responses to “Cover: The Crippled God by Steven Erikson”

  1. rasheed says:

    i suggest shawn reads gardens of the moon again. you are almost certainly going to pick up on something you missed the first time you read it. same thing goes for the other 8!!! there’s just too much to take in so i think there’s no way you can read each book just once. in my opinion, nothing comes close to what this man’s done with this series. NOTHING!! (i’m obviously a big fan..)

  2. I have to agree totally. This is the one series that is crying out for a reread. The things I must have missed first time through must be legion.

  3. Rivers says:

    This series is in a league of its own. Gardens of the moon was great but you cant appreciate the magnitude and depth of the Erikson’s work until you have read the other books. They are so deep and dramatic, with characters that come to life and stories that beg to be re-read. I have been waiting for this final installation for a long time and with what the other books give you, there is sure to be NO disappointment!

  4. Myandris says:

    I am totally agreeing with Rasheed. I found the books so profoundly intense, with so much going on and so much that I probably missed; little details that don’t seem important at the time, characters that weigh big on the story line but you forget their brief involvement and so on…. At the beginning I found myself flipping back to tie up my loose ends but decided to just enjoy the reading instead and relive the whole story again before the finale. I re-read the first 9 books and have enjoyed them even more so the second time. I have not read The Crippled God yet but I am now ready and will withing the next week.

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