One of the best Malazan books so far. This is the first book from the series which has a very gripping middle part. Finally no new races, places, characters in the beginning; it jumps right in the middle of action. My only minor complain: people still wander around the desert aimlessly (what is it about the holy desert Raraku that makes people do so?). Mercifully, it takes a small part of the book. My (fairly) major complain: one of the characters died an almost meaningless death almost being a casualty. The problem with it is that we have a lot of his inner thoughts during at least two other books for this person to be killed without accomplished almost anything. I failed to connect to this person, so that was the point of long sections for his POV? I am talking about Heboric Ghost Hands
On to the plot: Adjunct Tavore chases the last surviving commander of the rebels across the desert. It seems victory is assured; there is only one minor problem: it seems a lot of people and quite a few gods are not interested in this victory, quite the opposite. The parts about soldiers of the army are really, really good and interesting; they try to remain human beings despite the constant struggle for survival.
I did not expect the betrayals in the end of this book; it made a very exciting ride with 5 solid star rating.