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)
I feel like I came into the middle of a series with this first book. I have no idea who the many characters are or what their role is...in fact, I'm not really sure what the plot is. I often find myself daydreaming rather being caught up in the story like
Tense, barely plausible, plot held back then disgorged in bloody hunks. It's almost as tho the characters don't wish you to know. Each new arrival swopes, creeps or gallops in,bloody sweaty and with a tidbit,intriguing ,confusing,and meanwhile ,back at the ranch more incomprehensible events occur. After all ,ten more books coming. Canit up. This is not game
Great story. I started reading the book years ago but stopped because It seemed overwhelming. It was when I started listening to it on audiobooks that I was able to really dive in to it. Erickson doesn't hold your hand and gently ease you in to the story. You're put into it and the pieces come together, and you are rewarded, as you go further in to this complex story.
I have the hard copy book and I have the audiobook. As I would listen I would reference the hard copy book often to familiarize myself with names and locations.
The narration in this book is on point. Characters come to life and each one seems very individualized. The main reason I didn't rate this book at 5 stars was because of the steep learning curve. Having said that though, you are rewarded with a great story if you push through. I look forward to the next books in the series.
Gardens of the Moon has its own place in my list of fantasy favorites. It has more depth than most, it's edgy in a somewhat creepy way.
The character, Cropper, is a favorite!
I'm a veteran of fantasy novels. To me, this book stands by itself delivering a unique listening experience.
Loved every minute. Finally found an author that writes fantasy as good or better than Tolkien. The narration is perfect. Characters have distinct voices, but the voice acting doesn't over shadow the story.
The first half of this book is terrible. It is disjointed and inconsistent. The narrator also fails to pause between scenes or perspectives. The story improves in the second half and shows promise for the series as a whole.
Some way to better pull the story together. I am a visual person and as I read or listen to a story, I have to be able to see it in my head and understand what I am looking at. After 10 hours I had to restart the book because I had no idea what was going on or who the players really were. After another several hours I decided to put this one aside for now.
I may try another one but with out a better way to understand what is going on, I wouldn't want to buy another one.
I only got about 10 hours into the book so I don't have one.
Disappointment, it really seemed like the makings of a good story.
I love the complexity, characters, and story itself. Not so much the narrator. You really need someone like Michael Kramer for this type of thing. Or Oliver Wyman.
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