I found this story extremely hard to get into, I love high fantasy but I kept finding my mind wandering and then having no idea what was going on.. After restarting it once and reading some re caps of chapters I was able to stay a little more focused. I was all set to give up on Malazan but now I think I will give the next one a go a keep trying!
It takes a while to understand what is going on. Just listen and wonder. Most things get revealed in time.
I really liked many of the characters and the narrator does an excellent job portraying them.
Sneak past the dragon and slay the princess!
There is so much detail so that not a single sentence is a throwaway...not a complaint, however. This is the kind of book that you can read 10 times and glean something new from it each time. Beautifully written and the characters instantly grab you.
They really throw you into the lore and dont give much of an explanation, but it makes you think and everything starts to come together. I have high hopes for the rest of the series. Great listen
It's refreshing to find a fantasy author that is committed to the idea that heroes should be heroic, and either possess a sound moral compass or be on the road to finding one. That being said, Erikson doesn't shy away from the horrors of war and evil magic - rather, he uses disturbing situations as a crucible for forging his characters into better people. And if they won't change, they eventually die for it.
Erikson manages to hold together a very complex story line, for the most part. Admittedly, the last quarter of the book is not as enjoyable as the first three. It seems as though Erikson had too many loose ends to tie up towards the end and was ready to move on to the next installment. Still, the book was a fun ride!
Let me preface by saying I'm new to fantasy novels. I loved... no I LIVED The Song of Ice and Fire series for 2 years straight. I read the 5 available books 5 times and wanted more. I thought this series would fill the void until Martin ended my suffering.
I was completely lost from the get-go. I felt like I needed a glossary, not just for the characters but for the language! So-and-so opened a warren? WTF is a warren? I stuck with it for 4 hours hoping context would alleviate my confusion but it just got worse and worse. At about the 5 hour mark, I realized I was not listening anymore. I had zoned out and was no longer interested because I couldn't follow what was happening. Based on the other glowing reviews, I'm sure it was just me. I was seeking more of a historical fiction with knights dueling and huge battles. One of my favorite things about the Martin books is how magic takes a back seat to realism. The opposite is true for this book.
The author does an acceptable job although at times, he speaks so softly that I couldn't hear what was said.