It was exactly what it had to be.
The Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen is over 3.5 million words. It took me 8 months to read these 10 books, and at many times along the way, I cursed them and grew frustrated at the story lines. There was an entire book that I questioned the existence of–why was this necessary, and what did it add to the plot? There were names used that would then disappear for a thousand pages, only to resurface in a single sentence. I happened to remember the name, so the tie-in blew my mind, but I suspect many readers skipped right past it and didn’t catch the significance.