"Such is the impact of the first book in Erikson's monumental Malazan saga that the achievement of this sequel is doubly surprising."
"Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics on a scale that would approach absurdity if it wasn't so much fun."
"One of the best fantasy novels of the year."
"Steven Erikson afflicts me with awe. Vast in scope, almost frighteningly fecund in imagination, and rich in sympathy."
"I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy."
"Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Erikson manages it spectacularly."