I just finished reading book 10 of the Malazan Book of the Fallen and I was left with a big question from books 8-10. Major spoilers below.

When Dragnipur is shattered by Caladan Brood, it released all the beings trapped within that weren't killed by the forces of chaos (or already died within the sword). Apsalara, Draconus, Hood and the Bridgeburners were all released.

Why is it that Anomander Rake was not released when the sword was shattered?

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    ah malazan, another question that the books just forget to answer. better luck in future novels. lol
    – Himarm
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 13:22
  • @Himarm only the books do answer this.
    – Jakob
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 14:42
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    Spoilers in the title muchl? Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 14:46
  • There have been two horrible spoilers in question titles in SFFSE in recent weeks, and both have been questions about The Malazan Book of the Fallen. It's extremely galling for this to happen when one is less than halfway through reading the second in a sequence of ten very long novels.
    – user46249
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 16:04
  • Sorry, my original title was edited for being too vague.
    – KWilliams
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 21:09

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The Malazan Wiki has the answer and summarizes what is written in Toll the hounds Chapter 24:

Once inside Dragnipur, he sacrificed himself to bring Mother Dark and the Gate of Darkness back to the Tiste Andii in Black Coral. The sacrifice dispersed Rake's soul into Kurald Galain, and earned Draconus's forgiveness and respect.

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