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|Cover artist||Steve Stone|
|Series||Malazan Book of the Fallen|
|Publisher||Bantam (UK & Canada) & Tor Books (USA)|
|1 March 2006|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||1,232 pp (UK paperback edition)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-593-04630-7 (UK paperback edition)|
|Preceded by||Midnight Tides|
|Followed by||Reaper's Gale|
The Bonehunters is the sixth volume in Canadian author Steven Erikson's epic fantasy series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen. The Bonehunters is a direct sequel to the fourth volume, House of Chains, and alludes to events in the fifth, Midnight Tides.
The novel was first published in the United Kingdom as a hardcover on 1 March 2006. The first mass-market paperback edition appeared in April 2007. The first United States edition was published in September 2007.
The Bonehunters begins two months after the events of House of Chains. The Malazan Fourteenth Army has destroyed the army of the Whirlwind, and Adjunct Tavore Paran has executed Sha'ik. The Fourteenth is now pressing westward, pursuing the remnants of the Whirlwind rebellion (under Leoman of the Flails), as it seeks refuge in the fortress city of Y'Ghatan, where the Malazan Empire had previously faced its greatest defeat. Meanwhile, Onearm's Host, restored to the favour of Empress Laseen, has landed on Seven Cities' north coast to complete the task of subduing the rebellion, but a deadly plague has been unleashed. Ganoes Paran, the new Master of the Deck of Dragons, arrives from Genabackis to help deal with the chaos. Elsewhere, the balance of power is shifting in the Malazan Imperial Court, and strange black ships have been sighted in the waters surrounding Quon Tali and Seven Cities. The quest of the expeditionary force of the Letherii Empire to find warriors worthy of facing Emperor Rhulad Sengar in battle is about to be answered twice over.
Neil Walsh of SF Site states that "he couldn't find much to complain about" and "it's just that good." Publishers Weekly called the book "weighty and grim" and that Erikson manages to "keep fans engaged as myriad plot lines tangle and sprawl."
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