Re: The Bonehunters
Have to admit I wasn't a fan of Bonehunters - too many A-list cast in there, and SE physically could not spend the proper amount of time with any of them (hence the large-even-for-Erikson amount of POV shifting in the book). Plus, Karsa got to do approximately ****-all the entire book. After HoC, that's a real disappointment.
Dev is a character created entirely so that we don't have to spend much time in Karsa's head. SE has run out of ideas for his favourite character, I think. We'll see what the last three books have in store for him, but I'm guessing "not a lot".
Even though it didn't stand up to the rest of his books (except RG, which I thought was worse), I still enjoyed it.
As for Kalam - Erikson will seriously be doing his characters a disservice if he keeps killing them off, only to have them come back. Let Kalam rest. He's done enough.