Authors: Steven Erikson
Also by Steven Erikson
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OOK OF THE
A TOM DOHERTY ASSOCIATES BOOK
This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.
DUST OF DREAMS: BOOK NINE OF THE MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN
Copyright © 2009 by Steven Erikson
First published in Great Britain by Bantam Press, a division of Transworld Publishers
All rights reserved.
Map by Neil Gower
A Tor Book
Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
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is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Dust of dreams / Steven Erikson. — 1st ed.
p. cm. —(The Malazan book of the fallen ; bk. 9)
“A Tom Doherty Associates book.”
ISBN 978-0-7653-1009-5 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-7653-1655-4 (trade paperback)
First U.S. Edition: January 2010
Printed in the United States of America
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Ten years ago I received an endorsement from a most
unexpected source, from a writer I respected and admired.
The friendship born in that moment is one I deeply treasure.
With love and gratitude, I dedicate this novel
to Stephen R. Donaldson.
The Sea Does Not Dream Of You
Eaters of Diamonds and Gems
Only the Dust Will Dance
The Path Forever Walked
Commenting on the first half of a very long, two-volume novel is not an easy task. My thanks (and sympathy) go to William Hunter, Hazel Kendall, Bowen Thomas-Lundin, and Aidan-Paul Canavan for their percipience and forbearance. Appreciation also goes to the staff at The Black Stilt and Café Macchiato in Victoria who were very understanding in my surrender to caffeine-free coffee. Thanks too to Clare Thomas; and special gratitude goes to my students in the writing workshop I have been conducting for the past few months. Shannon, Margaret, Shigenori, Brenda, Jade, and Lenore: you have helped remind me what fiction writing is all about.
While I am, of course, not known for writing door-stopper tomes, the conclusion of ‘The Malazan Book of the Fallen’ was, to my mind, always going to demand something more than modern bookbinding technology could accommodate. To date, I have avoided writing cliff-hangers, principally because as a reader I always hated having to wait to find out what happens. Alas,
Dust of Dreams
is the first half of a two-volume novel, to be concluded with
The Crippled God
. Accordingly, if you’re looking for resolutions to various story-threads, you won’t find them. Also, do note that there is no epilogue and, structurally,
Dust of Dreams
does not follow the traditional arc for a novel. To this, all I can ask of you is, please be patient. I know you can do it: after all, you have waited this long, haven’t you?
High Mage Quick Ben
Captain Lostara Yil
Captain Faradan Sort
Captain Ruthan Gudd
Captain Untilly Rum
Corabb Bhilan Thenu’alas
Crump (Jamber Bole)
Sergeant Thom Tissy
Corporal Pravalak Rim
Sergeant Badan Gruk
Sergeant Nose Stream
Hanavat (Gall’s wife)
Mortal Sword Krughava
Shield Anvil Tanakalian
Yan Tovis (Twilight)
Yedan Derryg (the Watch)
Warleader Onos Toolan
Warchief Maral Eb
Setoc of the Wolves