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The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
Cover art for Subterranean Press limited edition by Noah Bradley. The Bonehunters is the sixth novel the Malazan Book of the Fallen epic fantasy series. The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed.
Bpnehunters last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire’s greatest champion Dassem Bonehuntegs was slain and a tide malazaan Malazan blood spilled. A place of foreboding, its smell is of death. The Crippled God has been granted a place in the pantheon, a schism threatens and sides must be chosen.
Whatever each god decides, the ground-rules have changed, irrevocably, terrifyingly and the first blood spilled will bonehhunters in the mortal world. A world in which a host of characters, familiar and new, including Heboric Ghost Handsthe possessed ApsalarCutteronce a thief now a killer, the warrior Karsa Orlong and the two ancient wanderers Icarium and Mappo –each searching for such a fate as they might fashion with their own hands, guided by their own will.
If only the gods would leave them alone. But now that knives have been unsheathed, the gods are disinclined to be kind. There shall be war, war in the heavens.
Nothing less than existence itself Thanks to the usual suspects, including my early-draft readers Chris, Mark, Rick, Courtney, and Bill Hunter who has proved invaluable on the mechanics and full listing of variants of the Deck of Dragons — but listen, Bill, no more walking miles through the rain, right? Clare and Bowen, as always. Steve, Perry and Ross Donaldson, for the friendship. The Bonehunters begins in the yearof Burn’s Sleepin Kartooltwenty-four days after the execution of Sha’ik.
Banaschar arrives from Malaz Island and sends a note via a messenger to Sergeant Hellian. He instructs her guard contingent to break into the Temple of D’rekwhere they fhe “splashes of blood on the walls, fragments of meat scattered fo the tiles, and pools of bile, ghe and faeces.
A group of twelve Nameless Ones surround the barrow of Dejim Nebrahl. Sister Spite calls on Starvald Demelain to release Dejimand then shifts into a her dragon form and escapes. Dejim eats the rhe eleven Nameless Ones.
A group of five T’lan Imass approach a tje small, run down community nominally headed by Barathol Meckar, who is nearly blind. He tells two of the villagers to retrieve his armor and weapons, which he puts on, after which the T’lan Imass approach. An unnamed woman enters Ehrlitan via the east gate. After entering a tavern, the tavern keeper questions whether she is attached to Dujek ‘s army, to which she answers “I belong to no army.
Leoman falpen the Flails has been cursing the Holy Book of Dryjhna for hours, muttering to himself, but the wind makes mlaazan so only Corabb Bhilan Thenu’alas can hear.
Corabb becomes so exhausted by the tirade that he falls back to ride with the rest of Leoman’s army, which is fleeing the Malazan army commanded by Tavore. Corabb thinks about the state of Seven Cities citizens turning each other in as criminalsand eventually realizes that without his commander, he would be lost. Seconds later, Leoman gestures for Corabb, and asks him where they are.
Samar Dev is lying in the shade of her wagon tormenting ants on an unused road through the Ugarat Odhanthinking she is dying.
Karsa Orlong rides up on Havokdismounts, and converses with her. She admits fallwn she kicked a wheel of the wagon after it broke down, and in doing so, broke her foot.
When Karsa helps her stand so she can get on Havok, she glances behind the horse and sees the heads of two boneehunters the Deragoth attached to the other end of the rope that leads from Karsa’s hand. Karsa tells Samar that he wants to enter Ugarat beneath notice.
The unnamed woman now known to be Apsalar in the tavern awakens, and “[weeps] for the man thee had abandoned”. She tells herself that she is not worth the overwhelming gift of love. She realizes that Cotillion understood that she could not allow Crokus now Cutter to love her.
Apsalar goes down to the stairs to eat, and is approached by two Pardu women, who tell her that a group of Gral men want her to dance for them. She replies that they really don’t because she is a Shadow Dancer. Later, Apsalar leaves the tavern, enters an shadowed alley, which is a small portion of the warren of Shadowand disappears. She is followed by the two Pardu women, who now cannot see her.
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One thee that they need to inform their new master that “She truly walks the shadows. On her way to the center of Ehrlitanshe encounters two corpses in shackles, and upon stopping to investigate, a pair of shades rise from the bodies and speak to her in Tiste Andii.
Apsalar is surprised that she understands them and that she is being warned off from stealing the bodies. The shades are Curdle and Telorastwho admit that they encountered the “new” master of the House of Shadowas well as the Hounds of Shadowand Edgewalkeramong others. Apsalar tells them that she will escort them to a gate, and walks away. Leoman of the Flails ‘s command arrives at a well.
Corabb Bhilan Thenu’alas thinks to himself that if not for Leoman, he would have long ago deserted the rebels.
Corabb pulls out some food, and eats, while Leoman questions the purpose of his own command. Corabb says that Leoman is destined to carry the Holy Book of Dryjhnaand that Dryjhna is more than just the dead Whirlwind Goddessthat she is as much a time as anything else. Corabb believes that Leoman’s command is the Apocalypseand that they are desined to show the world the truth of that.
The conversation swiftly becomes nonsense, as the “food” Corabb ate was a dead toad. He walks off thinking that the encampment contains a host of oversized vultures. Karsa Orlong and Samar Dev enter Ugaratbut are told that they cannot bring the two heads into the city. Karsa responds by throwing one of the guards into a cart, knocking him unconscious. The other guard runs to get reinforcements.
Karsa and Samar start towards a inn, and Samar warns the growing crowd off from following by threatening them with a curse. When the guards and their captain catch up to Karsa and Samar, Samar claims that Karsa is a spirit, and that the heads are trophies. When the captain asks Karsa if Samar is telling the truth, he tells them that he was Sha’ik ‘s bodyguard, that the rebellion has broken, that the Malazans have retaken cities, and in response to the guard captain saying that Leoman still is alive and has vowed to fight on, that Leoman ridees his own path, and not to put faith in him.
Apsalar, Telorast, and Curdle stand in front of a gate, conversing. The shades ask Apsalar her name, but when she tells them, Curdle shrieks “She’s dead! I knew you were a ghost! Telorast corrects Curdle by saying that the real Apsalar was Imass.
Apsalar announces over Telorasts and Curdle’s conversation which has gone on a sharp tangent that the gate leads to Jen’rahbbut Telorast and Curdle could end up in Hood ‘s Realm.
Curdle starts proclaiming how powerful they were when alive; Apsalar, being frusterated, boook through the gate, followed closely by Telorast and Curdle. Apsalar ends up having to threaten them with informing Cotillion that they have escaped to make them stay so she can complete what she came to Jen’rahb to do. As she walks, Apsalar considers the shades and her surroundings.
All of the permanent features of the Shadow Realm are covered in unbreakable chains, and there were bodies shackled to the chains. Apsalar enters the temple, her destination.
She smells blood, and finds a body on the ground: Mebraher target. She sees a movement, and ducks as a throwing star flashes over her. She stands to see a veiled Semk man, with white tattooes covering the dark skin around his eyes.
He attacks, and Apsalar kills the man. Callen cuts his clothing off, to discover that he is covered in the boneunters script, the language of the First Empire. She rolls him over to find that the Semk’s right shoulder, where his name was once been, was covered in a dark rectangle.
He was a priest of the Nameless Ones. Now alone, Curdle asks Telorast if they are going yhe stay with Bonehuntdrs, to which Telorast reponds that Edgewalker will be unhappy with them if they don’t. She says, “Until we can find a way to get out of this mess.
Telorast says yes, and Curdle says, “Good. Because I want my throne back. Iskaral Pust stands in front of Cotillion and an immensely irritated Falllen in Shadowkeepwhere Ammanas tells Iskaral that he bonehuntefs have to do, honehunters at an unknown task.
Shadowthrone tells Cotillion he has an idea, and vanishes afterwards, inviting a comment from Cotillion that it was a good idea. Cotillion emerges out of Shadowkeep, musing over the activities of the demons of the realm.
As he moves forward, he feels a presence at his side, who turns out to be Edgewalker. Seeing Baran behind stalking him, Edgewalker tells him that while for Cotillion he walks paths unseen, the Hounds can feel his presence.
On Cotillion’s asking his purpose for seeking him out, Edgewalker tells him he wants to witness his impending conversation, earning a scowl from Cotillion. They approach a ring of standing stones, where Edgewalker comments on their nature.
Being half buried, they signify both the overworld and the underworld, this being the ths manifestation, the overworld being probably eroded by now. At the base of each standing stone, they observe three shackled dragons. Edgewalker reveals them to be pure blooded Eleint – AmpelasKalse and Elothwho were imprisoned here bacause of their ambition. Cotillion tells the dragons about an tne war among the ascendants, and asks them which side would they fight upon if freed. The dragons suggest him to free them before bargaining, upon which Cotillion says that he would probably devour him once free.
He further asks them the reason of their imprisonment, suggesting that he may free them if he thinks it unjust. Further discussion reveals that the dragons were imprisoned by Anomander Rake because they sought the Throne of Shadow, which Anomander wanted empty. According to the dragons, Ammanas is sitting on the wrong Shadow Throne, bonehuters true throne is not even in this fragment of Kurald Emurlahn ” upon which Cotillion smiles and says, “Is Ammanas here then?
The female dragon, Eloth, then claims that she did what K’rul asked her to do, and her loyalty should not be questioned.