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!