I'm about 1/2 into the book and it is a bit of a meandering novel. The details are intimate and character focused with a wider view if that makes sense. I'm enjoying it, but haven't had the opportunity to read it in large chunks of time, and unfortunately for me, this seems a novel that I'd want to read in large chunks of time.
It isn't bad, in fact, the opposite.
I'm about halfway through too and am really enjoying it. It feels a bit different from the other novels, but I think that is a good thing. Not that I didn't enjoy the MBotF, quite the opposite.
The meandering-ness of the novel didn't go away and I just wasn't a fan of this novel. I felt as if the plot wasn't going anywhere and as the novel progressed, the characters began to mesh together for me.
Maybe the timing of when I read this was the culprit as to why I didn't enjoy it.
I've only read the first five chapters and then whatever chapters I could read while inside the store, but that was very much my impression as well.
In the end I decided to give this new series a pass for now. I may return to it if book 2 comes out and I hear very good thingsm but for now, it definetly had some elements I liked, but already in these chapters I was skipping stuff.
THANK YOU Mithf, I really thought I was the only one because I've seen very little negative response to Forge of Darkness in the intarweb circles I've been traveling.
I loved the entire Malazan books of the Fallen.
It's rare when an author can actually bring and end to such an epic tale.
But, I thought Erikson did it as well as any human could.
I was a little sad at all the characters that didn't get written into the end, but I was content that he did give us closure on the Bridgeburners. They were the characters I cared most about, so I was happy to see how it ended.
I get emails from book sellers I buy from, telling me about books they think I might be interested in.
I've had several from them about these other Malazan related books and after checking them out to see what they are about, I just can't bring myself to even want to read them.
Back stories ?
Just can't find the desire in me after the end of the Bridgeburners.
Not sure if I'm willing to go back to this three book series in the future.
Thanks to hurricane Sandy I was able to have the time to finish this over the weekend. Sitting in a cold dark house reading a book with darkness as its main theme. Really enjoyed it - looking forward to the next one.
I am about halfway through. It meanders but it seems to tie together (even halfway through). I only read the first two to the previous series (I couldn't get going on the third book). Anyway if this is just a trilogy, it seems good so far. Pretty lyrical. I couldn't read it all the time but it is working for me now.
I must say Erikson's writing style seems to be - why use one word if ten will do.