|Submitted by Inx |
(Mar 09, 2009)
Few books have affeced my life quite so heavily as this, which after finishing had caused my sleep cycle to start at 7am.
Few series are truly deserving of the word 'Epic', and Erikson has easily achieved, if not surpassed its concept. His style and writing ability has grown from book to book, Toll the Hounds being his current greatest work.
Once again, we are subjected to a mass of characters, many we have not seen for 2 - 3 (and one who hadn't been in it since the first half of gardens of the moon) books, if we've even seen them at all, and even the new ones are interesting, even if they don't have as strong a place in your overcrowded heart.
Not only does this book build on the world it had created, it changes it. Erikson knows that the world changes, and its shown here with brutal force. Time is an onslaught, and it leaves little in its wake, even those who have stood its test of time.
Toll the Hounds end was quite frankly astonishing, I closed this book unable to believe what I had just read. The sheer scope and scale of this book dwarfs even his previous stories. It is grim, it is dark and it is at time depressing. But that is exactly what I like about this series. It feels real. No matter how unreal warrens, soletaken, D'Ivers and so on are, the characters, events and history all feels so real.
Of all my favourite fantasy series, I would hesitate in passing this onto other readers. It is hard, it is daunting, but I can without a doubt say this book, this series triumphs over all others.