Enter the New York Times bestselling Malazan universe with this prequel trilogy
Steven Erikson returns to the Malazan world with the second novel in a dark and revelatory new epic fantasy trilogy, one that takes place a millennium before the events in his New York Times bestselling Malazan Book of the Fallen.
It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm. As rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold....
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I had a hard time settling into the story to start, but that soon changed. It was an absolute treat to listen to. The introduction of familiar characters from the Malazan series was a great addition. I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.
As with most all of Erikson's Malazan-related novels, this one was great. The fact that he can churn out such entertaining, long, dramatic, high fantasy at almost one a year should shame other authors in the genre (*cough* Martin *cough). The biggest problem with this one was the seemingly unending amount of exposition and philosophizing between characters. while I can appreciate and respect his ability to string together so many interesting ideas with such verbosity, he went way overboard, especially in the first three quarters of the book. That said, it was still enjoyable, and I look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy.
If you've read Erickson's books this probably isn't a surprise. Maybe I noticed it more because it's an audible book and tougher for me to skim over 5 minutes of a character's internal monologue.
Still an excellent book, and I look forward to the next installment
I have listened to the ten books in the book of the fallen series. I was really looking forward to more stories from this amazing universe. This recording is a huge disappointment for me. The changes in pronunciation etc are storybreakingly jarring to the ear. I have listened to thousands of hours of audible and have never had to abandon a series based on a narrator before. This is very sad sad sad.
The ever present monologues have the feel of Gothos' interminable suicide note. The story Is good, but the padding could favourably bee cut in half.
Overall it was a solid follow-up to forge of Darkness. I felt like it added significant depth and understanding to the characters in care about. The style is similar to FoD in that's it is very poetic, almost Shakespearean and style. Easy to sometimes doze off when he goes on a rant. Enjoyed it though. Rake is a boss.
I had almost forgotten about this series, when I realized that the newest book had been released, it had been so long since the first one that listened to them back to back and was disappointed I would have to wait forever to hear the next. I love these worlds.
I really enjoyed Fall of Light. As long as this book is, I was sad to see it end. I never felt as though I had to slog through. Readers of the Malazan series will recognize even more familiar faces and witness their humble beginnings. We also get to see answers to a few mysteries. The narrator has done a fantastic job as well. His voices and voice acting are very well done. Listeners will have no problem distinguishing characters. That said, the second book's story arc is well rounded and ties up nicely.
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