One damn thing after another
In my reviews, I don’t mention characters’ names or any other names because I cannot remember them when I’m writing, or if I remember them, I would definitely spell them wrong. I tend to focus on emotions, surprises, themes, and character development (as in growth, so names are not so important). Needless to say, the Malazan Book of the Fallen has a huge cast of characters. And this huge cast is very noticeable even starting with the first book, Gardens of the Moon. All of them are in one way or another characters we follow in their converging journeys. Conclusion: I will not mention any names except one: Anomander Rake, a certain non-human lord that strangely doesn’t have a point of view scene in this book, and yet, his name as well his attitude put a lasting impression on me.
Steven Erikson managed to create character development in just a few lines of text spread over chapters devoted to other characters. A remarkable feat in itself. Alas, while the other characters are all distinct, we don’t have enough time to spend with them I couldn’t relate to many events in the world. And when I don’t relate to the characters, I don’t feel engaged in their struggles. Potential result: boredom.(more…)