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This Troper can't be the only one getting mighty sick of the Implied Feats of Badass in this series, right? In particular: Mael was implied to have beaten the shit out of the Crippled God at the end of Memories Of Ice and to have had "a talk" with The Errant at the end of Reaper's Gale. Do we even get to see the aftermath of these Elder God beatdowns? No. Can we at least see Mael (Anomander Rake for that matter) actually fight someone - or does all the "on-screen" violent awesomeness only belong to Quick Ben and Karsa Orlong?
Granted, with Loads and Loads of Characters, not everyone's going to get a You Shall Not Pass or Last Dance. But really, I haven't read a death that felt as tacked-on as Trull Sengar's since Lupin and Tonks in Deathly Hallows. Even Dujek Onearm got a better death... and he died off screen in his sick bed.
The number of just plain irritating characters is ridiculous. Karsa Orlong (hatehimsofreakingmuch!) and Hellian are the worst examples I can come up with, although Kruppe's pretty annoying, especially since he always wins. I hope him and Tehol stay on different continents.
Why do armies in the Malazan verse send their soldiers out to do battle in these large groups of several thousand who go marching across the landscape? I mean, we've seen there are quite a few sorcerors in the Malazans' world who can kill a thousand people with just a few blasts of magic. Add in stuff like dragon Soletakens and Moranth munitions, and a whole army could be decimated in minutes. You'd think the mighty, globe-spanning Malazan Empire, at least, would have switched to using guerilla tactics instead that don't make their armies such obvious targets for magic users.
How was Leoman able to injure the Hounds of Darkness? I can buy that Karsa could do it 'cause he's a giant, an Ascendant, has Anti-Magic in his blood, and wields an unbreakable, ghost-possessed sword. But Leoman just seems to be an ordinary guy who's good at using flails. Remember how the Hounds of Shadow were treated in Gardens of the Moon? They were able to massacre a small army without getting a scratch, and when Ganoes Paran injures one of them, it's taken as proof-positive that some sort of supernatural power is working through him. Given that, how can their much stronger cousins be injured so easily?
Maybe the reason was lost within the mass of text, or it was in one of the side stories... but why did Cotillion kill The Crippled God? Why didn't they just let him go home?
I may have missed or forgotten something but I feel confusion about Quick Ben's and Shadowthrone's relation. In Gardens of the Moon its stated that Quick Ben was once a high rank member in the cult of shadow (maybe even High Priest, I am not sure at the moment). But his backstory revealed in later books shows that he joined Bridgeburners and met Kellenaved before he Ascended. Shadow cult as such existed before ascension of Shadowthrone but dialogue in The Gardens of the Moon seem to idicate that Quick Ben was still part of it when Shadowthrone came into power. Am I missing something or is this an actual plothole?