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'd never seen this writer or his series. What a wonderful accident to stumble upon Gardens of the Moon. I would recommend this series to any who enjoy magic and monsters.
You are thrown into the middle of a war without an explanation of who or what you are listening to. The places and names of the story are very foreign and I believe for someone familiar with this Genre and world could potentially be something fun to listen to but with a guide. Too many complex story lines and character developments take place all at once it would seem the writer expects fore knowledge of the entire world before you begin this world leaving someone brand new to the author nothing to reference. The voice actor does not make adequate pauses to signal one story line ending and another beginning as it would seem the book's structure is required to understand the plot as well
Probably not as it just seems like this was written to debut a game or something requiring a lot of prior knowledge
Too dry, not enough character presentation and separation. I could not pick out the character's prose based on voice completely confounding the already very complex story line
This book sounded like a lot of work, planning, and rewrites went into it and it might be a good book to read not to listen to
Love epic fantasy, war stories, monsters, and zombies.
I took heed of the reviewer' warnings about the complex plot and long character list. I read chapter summaries on wiki as needed. I understood that the story wouldn't really reach its stride until the second book. In short, I was prepared. I love epic fantasy, and complex plot lines, and rich characters. I was willing to invest the time.
That's not the problem. The problem is the author's style. Yeah, I said it. I seems that he writes scenes and dialogue to be intentionally obfuscatory, thinking that makes for intelligent prose. It's not that the reader has to pay close attention to understand what's going on in the scene; the reader has to be PSYCHIC to do so.
One review on audible said something like, 'you have to make me care. It's your job.' That about sums up how I feel. Yes, the story is interesting. The characters are believable.And the narration is good. But I wouldn't recommend this book; it had no heart. Maybe it does get better with the second listening, but I just don't are about the characters enough to slog through it.
Voracious listener of most things. Prefer Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Adventure/Spy stories.
This book takes a long time to get going partly because of the number of characters. By the end I'd found a few I liked enough that I'll pick up the sequel if it's ever on sale. But there are enough other books that I'd recommend saving your credits.
Don't Annoy Anomander.
It doesn't try to apologize for the character's flaws, and their points of view, and the history. The book feels like it's written by a historian who was there, and as you find out... there is a reason for that.
I like the guy who comes later better, but Lister is pretty good. He kinda slurs some of the names, but it's all pretty dang well done.
"AWAKEN THE SEVEN WITHIN ME!!!!!"
Quick Ben is awesome.
A great establishing story, though they're is definately a lot going on with multiple moving parts. On more than one occasion I had to rewind due to missing some key piece. Well read and executed.
Once I read the wiki summary it was a lot easier to track the story. Without that context I was hopelessly lost. The reader is great and the scope is huge and complex. I'm going to give the next in the series a try.
Great book, just really have to pay attention. I followed along with the written book. It helps with the unique names when you see them in print. Give it a shot.
No interesting characters, plodding and rambling. Reminds me of the last season of Heros where everyone was simply sitting around talking about this or that.
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