In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....
Set in a brilliantly realized world ravaged by dark, uncontrollable magic, this thrilling novel of war, intrigue, and betrayal confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination, and originality - a new master of epic fantasy.
©2006 Steven Erikson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Give me the evocation of a rich, complex, and yet ultimately unknowable other world, with a compelling suggestion of intricate history and mythology and lore. Give me mystery amid the grand narrative. Give me a world in which every sea hides a crumbled Atlantis, every ruin has a tale to tell, every mattock blade is a silent legacy of struggles unknown. Give me, in other words, the fantasy work of Steven Erikson." (Andrew Leonard, Salon)
I thought the same thing for gardens of the moon, there were many times I had to go back a minute or two to see where the break between points of view was. About 30,70 split between old characters and new, so names and rolls were hard to follow for a few chapters. Over all I found the story more engaging and less wondering that the cost book though.
I cannot begin to express the mysterious imagination and creativity that has been put into this novel. I can't wait for the next eight books. the fist pumps from joyous surprises and incredible adventure giving to comedy, to tears etc., is everything one would expect after reading the first novel in this book series by Steven Erikson. it was a great ride. I await the new inventions and mysteries in this unique fantasy. Steven Erikson carved out for himself and I believe will be recognized as one of History's most imaginative and creative authors.
I keep wanting to love this series. The characters are great. But the reader doesn't seem to capture the essence of the various quirks as I would expect. So I came to the end of this novel feeling exhausted and wanting a taste for the excitement that the novel always seems on the cusp of.
I gave the second book a try after not enjoying the first. too quick of transitions and lacking descriptive information. I still don't know what some of the races look like. found out a character has a red beard near the end. we've known this guy since book one.
I have fallen in live with this series of book. Thus far the characters are really well developed and have really great stories to them. lots of magic and excitement waits.
Do you like books which talk about how amazing and awesome and big and tough and really bad ass one character is...and then do the same with another...and then another? Do you like solving problems by just adding bigger and badder and cooler heroes and bad guys? Do you like tired tropes and worn out characters? Then this book is for you.
I can't believe this series has a good rating. The performance is mediocre at best. I've seen better writing from high school students. In fact, I've read pretty much everything in these books already- from high school students who watch too many bad movies and think that writing is just putting those ideas to language.
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