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Dust of Dreams (novel)

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Dust of Dreams
AuthorSteven Erikson
Cover artistSteve Stone
SeriesMalazan Book of the Fallen
GenreFantasy, Novel
PublisherBantam (UK & Canada) & Tor Books (USA)
Publication date
18 August 2009 (UK)
Publication placeUnited Kingdom
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages1,280 pp (UK paperback edition)
Preceded byToll the Hounds 
Followed byThe Crippled God 

Dust of Dreams is the ninth volume of Canadian author Steven Erikson's epic fantasy series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen. It is the first book in the series to end on a cliffhanger, dealing with the fallout from Reaper's Gale and forms the first half of the series finale, with The Crippled God forming the second half, and being the tenth and final novel in the series.[1]


In a 2014 Q&A with Tor, Erikson says he considers Dust of Dreams to be the first half of a single, concluding book.[2]


Dust of Dreams returns to the continent of Lether, last seen in Reaper's Gale. Adjunct Tavore leads the Malazan army into the Letherii Wastelands to fight against an unknown threat.

Critical reception[edit]

Dust of Dreams received mixed reviews, largely because it was written as the first half of a single volume.

Bill Capossere says it is "in the top tier of a top-tier series", elaborating "it ends, unfortunately, with a cliffhanger, but Dust of Dreams leaves you wanting more."[3]

SFFWorld says "On first read it does appear to be one of the weakest of the Malazan books" but clarifies the book feels incomplete without its sequel.[4]

SF Site describes the series so far "is as complex and deep as any in fantasy or science fiction". Acknowledging the lack of conclusion, praise is given for the setup given for the final volume.[5]


  1. ^ "Dust of Dreams". Steven Erikson. 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Steven Erikson Answers Your Dust of Dreams Questions!". Tor Books. 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  3. ^ Capossere, Bill (2010). "Dust of Dreams: The best LRMMVSTLB fantasy epic". Fantasy Literature. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  4. ^ Jones, Owen (2009). "Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson". sffworld.com. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  5. ^ Johnson, Greg L. (2010). "Dust of Dreams". SF Site. Retrieved 22 July 2022.