Malazan Re-read of the Fallen - MOI Ch. 24

Things are coming to a head in the Tor re-read of The Malazan Book of the Fallen.  Amanda and Bill are up to Chapter 24.  For those joining us late, note that these articles are packed to bursting with spoilers.  Only if you've read the series, follow along here:
This just gets harder and harder for me to read. Now we have Picker’s desperate last attempt to keep the K’Chain Che’Malle busy—and we all know what just one of them is capable of... We really need something to come to the rescue of the Bridgeburners. NOW. Please! And I’m getting sniffly at that last exchange between Picker and Paran, and her slightly awkward comment about the knives being put aside. Basically, Paran is now considered one of them. I mean, he damn well should be! He’s about to head towards some crazy demon birds to try and keep them busy—having watched just one of them take out thirty Moranth. Hmm, the enemy seem to hold all the cards right now, don’t they? Where is that last minute rescue, DAMMIT?