The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.
However, the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand....
Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order - an enthralling adventure by an outstanding voice.
©1999 Steven Erikson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high-water mark of epic fantasy. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company, Zelazny’s Amber, Vance’s Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon’s hoard." (Glen Cook)
The story seemed like a five star story. It is possibly too epic. I think some of the "It reads like a D&D game" opinions have a point. Too many boss opponents get taken out, then there is a new boss to face.
I think this is the lowest rated book in the series because of its scattered nature. This opinion has little merit as I have not read the rest of them yet.
I look forward to the next in the series and hope that the characters become more developed. If it continues like the first, I may get worn out, like binging on a two pound bag of your favorite candy. Kudos to Mr. Erikson on a good start.
In itself it sets up the world well but I didn't appreciate everything until the second listen (I drive a lot) because of all the we vocabulary words. A lot of questions beers only vaguely answered, but any fan of the series will just smirk and tell you to keep reading if you want the answers (and so I shall).
This book has a narrow focus in terms of story but it still takes a while to comprehend its focus. there are a lot of facts thrown in for future of the series. Still the story feels like a complete tale. As the first book should it sets up the realm, the conflict, magic, and overall writing for the series. the narrator is ecxellent however i felt like he wasnt very consistent with the way he portrayed each characters voice.
Far and away the best book series I have had the pleasure to listen to. Just finished my 5th time through this particular one. The Malazan world is so well constructed, that even after 5 listens, I still pick up new insights and information. I can't wait till audible decides to put Ian C. Esslmont's companion books on the site, as well as the novellas written by Steven Erikson.
This is an amazing book and I expect the rest of the series to be just as good.
So, when you find yourself thrown in the middle of the plot, with characters that you haven't been introduced, don't give up! Just keep reading/listening, everything will be clear at some point.
If I am honest, I disliked the book in the beginning. I was so lost!
I was o chapter 5 when decided to start it over, by then I had a fairly good idea of the characters and what was going on. Listening again those first few chapters did much good for me.
Now I am in a trance with this series and I can't wait to see what happens to, what already are, my beloved characters.
This series can be very complicated at times. You will have to rewind, sometimes constantly, to figure out what happened or where you are. That being said, I just finished The Crippled God, the tenth and final book in this series. I realize now, in the course of about six months, I have spent hundreds of hours listening to Lister and Page paint a perfect picture of this most epic of all fantasy worlds. Looking back at all the time spent listening, the nights I couldn't go to bed without finishing a storyline, or a battle, or staring at my phone waiting for the next book to download, I think, "would I do it all over again?" To answer myself, ABSOLUTELY!! I can't wait to hear it again (and again). No one can even hold a candle to Erikson. The Malazan Book of the Fallen is as good as fantasy gets!
Voice acting overall was great, but characters like quick ben and anomander rake having high reedy voices took away from the overall quality.
Still highly recommended
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