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)
First off I hate these questions. I don't like someone dictating to me my review - With that said. I found that this entire series was hard to get into. Why? Because over the course of the series, many of the characters names change or they get killed or left out of a book or two. There isn't a main character per se as most books. Each book in the series may or may not contain the characters from the previous book or they may appear 1 to 2 books later on. There was times I would start to get into the book and than the author would go to the next chapter and leave you hanging to figure things out. I told myself that the next book would be better, well it wasn't. Maybe this writing style is for some, but it's definitely not for me. I don't like a book that I feel like I have to study it to understand it. This series has to be followed meticulous. If you miss or forget something, you could be lost for awhile. All I have to say is be sure, you like this style of writing before diving into the series.
I'm not sure. This series has really turn me against Erickson. The story is just like Game Of Thrones. No main character and mass killing of the characters involved. I just don't like books or authors that have this kind of writing style.
I don't know, but I doubt it. I didn't like the TV series Game of Thrones and the writing style is the same for The Malazan Book Of The Fallen series.
I feel that the rating on this book and series are more than it merits. With that, I'm left wondering how so many enjoyed the book/series that I find so unappealing. I really wanted to like this story and so many times I thought I was starting to get into it.... but, it just didn't happen. P.S. Could someone tell the authors, to stop changing narrators thru out a series. Seriously, you get use to someone and associating a voice to a character and BLAM - Next book a new voice to a character. I don't have any issues with the narrators, they all did a decent job. Authors - Find a single person to narrate your ENTIRE series. Seriously this is starting to become a pet peeve of mine.
I went in without any real expectations other than a long book that had goodreviews. I didn't actually realize how huge the series was, and as the world building kept building up and up, I started to slowly understand that I had just embarked on a much greater journey than anticipated. Now, I have to get them all!
I liked the squad of the Birdgeburners as a whole, though I expect that as the world and characters are continued, I'll grow to like some much more than others. If the complexity of the narrative lives up to the expectations this book sets, I'm in for quite the treat!
As is the case with many fantasy books there is a period of confusion and world building at the start but once you get rolling with the main two groups of characters it really picks up and will have you guessing what will happen next.
This is better than Wheel of Time, Harry Dresden, or Game of Thrones. Solid character development, very tight story, great interleaving of clots. It's a wonderful first book. I hope they're all this good and it looks like they are. My new favorite series. This is a D and D lovers heaven. I greatly appreciate the magic and countermeasures for the militarized magic
this book is long and it is intricate. it is not something you can casually listen to. that said it is amazing and if you like sweeping epics that drop you into a world that is well developed and wonderous, you need this book.
I confess I only made it to about 3.5 hours before calling it quits on this listen so my review is limited. Just wanted to warn that this is a really dark book starting out and so I found it hard to continue. There was very little action after 3.5 hours and no humour to alleviate the gloomy atmosphere of the story. The narrator is great, and I loved his voice so didn't want to stop listening but I just couldn't make myself continue, especially knowing I still had 23 more hours to go; it seemed like a depressing endeavor. This series had a lot of great reviews, I just couldn't get into it.
Erikson's Malazan series is long and intricate but well worth the time and effort to carefully follow every interesting and tight plot line.
Ralph Lister is a joy to listen to as he brings the character's and Erikson's world to life brilliantly.
The price for these audiobooks is staggeringly low for the quality and length in comparison to other books. I strongly suggest you grab every book in the series ASAP!
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