I noted a few difference. Hard to put my thumb on exactly what they were. I felt that the prose was more archaic. I think it stems from the dialogue itself. As to the "lean" writing style, yes, he seems to be less focused on description and more on the exchange between characters.
Yeah, I thought that was a great scene. I'm enjoying the book a lot. Is it just me, or does he seems to have taken a slightly leaner approach than with the Malazan books? I mean, it's still Erikson and has all of the things I'd come to expect, but it seems more focused in some way. I love the Malazan books, but I was curious if he intentionally adopted a slightly different style.