Toll the Hounds is the eighth novel the Malazan Book of the Fallen epic fantasy series. It was first published in the UK and Canada on June 30, 2008, and in the US on September 16, 2008.
In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the faded red waistcoat, discomfiture is not just because of the sun. All is not well. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but the quarry has turned and the hunters become the hunted.
Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus. While the bards sing their tragic tales, somewhere in the distance can be heard the baying of Hounds...And in the distant city of Black Coral, where rules Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, ancient crimes awaken, intent on revenge. It seems Love and Death are indeed about to arrive...hand in hand, dancing.
A thrilling, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and dark, uncontrollable magic, Toll the Hounds is the new chapter in Erikson's monumental series - epic fantasy at its most imaginative and storytelling at its most exciting.
This novel is dedicated to the memory of my father, R. S. Lundin, 1931-2007. You are missed.
Gratitude as always goes to my advance readers: Bowen, Rick, Mark and Chris, with special thanks to Bill and Hazel for their kind words and support over the course of what proved to be a difficult year. Appreciation also goes to the staff of the Black Stilt Café and the Pacific Union Café for their generous loan of office space.
Love to Clare and Bowen, for everything.
Dramatis Personae (as found in books)Edit
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Arriving in Darujhistan Edit
- Cutter, an assassin
- Scillara, his companion
- Iskaral Pust, High Priest of Shadow and god of the bhokarala
- Sister Spite, soletaken
- Mogora, wife of Iskaral Pust
- Barathol Mekhar, a blacksmith
- Chaur, a simpleton
- Mappo Runt, a Trell
At K'rul's Bar Edit
- Picker, retired Bridgeburner
- Blend, retired Bridgeburner
- Antsy, retired Bridgeburner
- Mallet, retired Bridgeburner
- Bluepearl, retired Bridgeburner
- Fisher, a bard
- Duiker, former Imperial Historian
In Darujhistan Edit
- Bellam Nom, young man
- Rallick Nom, assassin
- Torvald Nom, cousin of Rallick
- Tiserra, wife of Torval
- Coll, Council Member in Darujhistan
- Estraysian D'Arle, Council Member in Darujhistan
- Hanut Orr, Council Member in Darujhistan
- Shardan Lim, Council Member in Darujhistan
- Murillio, a consort
- Kruppe, a round little man
- Meese, proprietor of the Phoenix Inn
- Irilta, regular at the Phoenix Inn
- Scurve, barkeep at the Phoenix Inn
- Sulty, server at the Phoneix Inn
- Challice, noblewoman and wife of Gorlas Vidikas
- Gorlas Vidikas, Council Member in Darujhistan
- Krute of Talient, agent of the Assassins' Guild
- Gaz, a killer
- Thordy, Gaz's wife
- Stonny Menackis, owner of a duelling school
- Harllo, a young boy
- Bedek, Harllo's adoptive father
- Myrla, Harllo's adoptive mother
- Snell, Harllo's adoptive brother
- Bainisk, worker at a mine
- Venaz, worker at a mine
- Scorch, associate of Torvald Nom and house guard
- Leff, associate of Torvald Nom and house guard
- Madrun, a compound guard
- Lazan Door, a compound guard
- Studlock (aka Studious Lock), a castellan
- Humble Measure, criminal figure in the Darujhistan underworld
- Chillbais, a demon
- Baruk, a high alchemist and member of the T'orrud Cabal
- Vorcan, former mistress of the Assassins' Guild
- Seba Krafar, current master of the Assassins' Guild
- Sordiko Qualm, High Priestess of Shadow
Trygalle Trade Guild Edit
- Master Quell, navigator for the Trygalle Trade Guild
- Faint, shareholder in the Guild
- Reccanto Ilk, shareholder in the Guild
- Sweetest Sufferance, shareholder in the Guild
- Glanno Tarp, shareholder in the Guild
- Amby Bole, shareholder in the Guild
- Jula Bole, shareholder in the Guild
- Precious Thimble, shareholder in the Guild
- Gruntle, former caravan guard
In Dragnipur Edit
- Apsal'ara, one of the slain in Dragnipur
- Kadaspala, one of the slain in Dragnipur
- Derudan, a witch of Tennes and member of the T'orrud Cabal
- K'rul, an Elder god
- Draconus, one of the slain in Dragnipur
In Black Coral Edit
- Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness and Lord of Black Coral
- Spinnock Durav, Tiste Andii
- Endest Silann, Tiste Andii
- Prophet Seech, High Priest of the Fallen One
- Silanah, an Eleint
- Crone, a Great Raven
- Salind, a High Priestess
- Seerdomin, a resident of Black Coral
- Gradithan, a thug
- Monkrat, a mage and Bridgeburner deserter
- Korlat, Tiste Andii soletaken
- Orfantal, Tiste Andii soletaken
- Kallor, a challenger
- Lady Envy, soletaken
- Caladan Brood, a warlord
- Hood, the God of Death
- Ditch, one of the slain in Dragnipur
- Samar Dev, a witch and companion of Karsa Orlong
- Karsa Orlong, a Teblor
- Traveller, a stranger
- Shadowthrone, the God of Shadow
- Cotillion, the Rope, Patron god of the Assassins
- Raest, retired Jaghut Tyrant and keeper of the Finnest House
- Clip, Mortal Sword of Darkness
- Nimander Golit, Tiste Andii
- Skintick, Tiste Andii
- Nenanda, Tiste Andii
- Aranatha, Tiste Andii
- Kedeviss, Tiste Andii
- Desra, Tiste Andii
- Baran, a Hound of Shadow
- Gear, a Hound of Shadow
- Blind, a Hound of Shadow
- Rood, a Hound of Shadow
- Shan, a Hound of Shadow
- Pallid, a new Hound of Shadow, possibly a Hound of Light
- Lock, a new Hound of Shadow, possibly a Hound of Light
- Edgewalker, a wanderer
- Dog walkers, two witnesses
|Toll the Hounds|
|Vow to the Sun|
|Chapter 1||Chapter 2|
|Chapter 3||Chapter 4|
|Chapter 5||Chapter 6|
|Chapter 7||Chapter 8|
|Chapter 9||Chapter 10|
|Chapter 11||Chapter 12|
|To Die in the Now|
|Chapter 13||Chapter 14|
|Chapter 15||Chapter 16|
|Chapter 17||Chapter 18|
|Toll the Hounds|
|Chapter 19||Chapter 20|
|Chapter 21||Chapter 22|
|Chapter 23||Chapter 24|
In a "necropolis of sorts", a woman and a priest witness a meeting between Hood, Edgewalker, Shadowthrone and Anomander Rake, with Edgewalker serving as mitigator.
In Dragnipur, the Burden is becoming more and more difficult to pull, as more souls keep dying. While on the horizon, Chaos advances steadily.
In a village, a dog's departure is noted by two girls, who decide to go after him.
By a fire on an empty plain (likely in Kruppe's dream world), Kruppe asks K'rul to witness him dance.
Book One: Vow to the SunEdit
This creature of words cuts
Brathos of Black Coral.
Chapter 1 Edit
Lady Vidikas, once Challice Estraysian and now wife to Councilor Gorlas Vidikas, mourns her past.
The retired Bridgeburners from K'rul's Bar are attacked by Darujhistan's Assassins Guild.
Murillio is badly wounded.
Something emerges from the Azath House and upon hearing this, Baruk tells Crone that “it has begun”.
Chapter 2 Edit
Endest Silan is a broken man.
Spinnock Durav finds hope in the human ability to hold back despair.
Nimander's group journey's through Kurald Galain.
Chapter 3 Edit
Various powers arrive in Durjhistan.
Chapter 4 Edit
Traveller lands ashore.
Nimander, Skintick, and Desra debate power.
Seerdomin makes his way through the city to the Great Barrow.
Endest Silan remembers.
Spinnock muses on the eventual fate of his sword.
Kallor walks the plains of Lamath.
Chapter 5 Edit
Torvald Nom makes love.
Harllo lives a cruel life.
Duiker burns his failed attempts at writing a history of the Chain of Dogs.
Rallick Nom meets an old friend.
Iskaral Pust enters the Shadow Temple.
A night watchman escorts Mappo to the Temple of Burn.
Crone watches Baruk conjure a demon
Baruk tells Crone to warn Anomander Rake.
Chapter 6 Edit
Traveller is met by Shadowthrone and Cotillion.
Shadowthrone and Cotillion discuss plans.
Nenanda tells the group they should discuss Clip while he’s gone, saying Clip has contempt for them and 'sees what he chooses to see'.
Anomander asks something of Endest.
Salind says the Redeemer is troubled by something from the south that 'had the flavor of Kurald Galain'.
Kallor believes attachments were a waste of time.
Book Two: Cold-Eyed VirtuesEdit
From her ribs and from the hair of women
Chapter 7 Edit
Chapter 8 Edit
Chapter 9 Edit
Chapter 10 Edit
Chapter 11 Edit
Chapter 12 Edit
Book Three: To Die in the NowEdit
Push it on to the next moment
Siban of Aren
Chapter 13 Edit
Chapter 14 Edit
Chapter 15 Edit
Chapter 16 Edit
Chapter 17 Edit
Chapter 18 Edit
Book Four: Toll the HoundsEdit
Like broke slate
Chapter 19 Edit
Chapter 20 Edit
Chapter 21 Edit
Chapter 22 Edit
Chapter 23 Edit
Chapter 24 Edit
Nimander succeeds the Son of Darkness.
Caladan Brood brings the hammer down on Dragnipur.
Envy visits Anomanders grave.
Draconus is back.
Kruppe's dance is witnessed.