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)
Erikson starts his stories as if you already know the characters and the world they live in. There is no context setting and you spend the first third of the book just trying to figure out what is going on and who is who. It is really not until you are half way through the story that you can really follow all of the characters and you begin to see how the story is coming together. You would think that would make for a bad review, but the story is absolutely brilliant. Events follow one after another in an unpredictable but very realistic manner. The world he creates is immense. And as you approach the end of the book you are left to wonder how he could have written such a brilliant story. It’s dark, it’s realistic, it’s funny….it is a great fantasy read!
This series is characterized by superior writing, excellent plot and character building, and consistently exuberant world-building. Ralph Lister performs in a professional manner that extracts simplicity and emotionality from complex story-telling. I sincerely hope Audible releases the remainder of this series that regularly appears on top-ten lists of Fantasy/Sci-Fi series.
It's as good as all the positive reviews suggest.
And unlike another remarkably skilled fantasy author, Steven Erikson has completed his grand saga. You actually get to see how it ends... how the author penned the final page.. not how HBO finished it because the author got fat, rich, lazy, and had a heart attack.
Sci fi and fantasy are where i live
yes he is a good storyteller
his many characters held up even through the long hours of reading
yes the whole series was good just a little too busy with the number of characters
I haven't read the books and wanted to experience the story for the first time audibly. I cannot get past the first few chapters. The narrator is so overpowering that my mind keeps cringing and I have to rewind and so on.
Is it worth it? Look, the author doesn't have to be as awesome as Joe Abercrobies and Brandon Sanderson's narrators but I feel like I'm listing to Summer Stock in Nantucket. The flow is wrong, the voices are wrong, the diction and enunciation is all wrong. Put it in German and it may be a little worse but I can't get through it as is.
Can somebody tell me it gets better?
Say something about yourself!
I read many of the reviews of "Gardens Of the Moon"before I purchased it .The one comment I remember is that this is not a book you can listen to casually while driving around.
I agree and I tried but its definitely not one of my favorites.To give you and idea .............
I loved and highly recommend........"The Lord Of The Rings"Trilogy and George R.R.Martin's "World of Fire and Ice" series.
If you are really into magic,sorcery ,wormholes etc,you will probably love Gardens of the Moon.
But I found myself not caring for the characters and getting lost in the plot even though I continually replayed chapters to try and understand things better.
You say....well ....the Lord of the Rings is full of magic.
It is, but somehow it's better
As lengthy as the Rings is , it is never confusing or boring.
I really wanted to like this book because I was hoping to go through the series, but I just can't do it. Though there were pockets of brilliance, and characters that I could almost sink my teeth into, the writer just wouldn't let me. Right when I would get 'this close' to really liking a character, he would go off on another part of this very convoluted story and leave me hanging.
The one aspect that readers might like is the fog around which side (out of many) was 'good' and which was 'evil,' This was one of the pockets of brilliance I spoke of earlier.
'I think hell’s a fable.' 'Ay,' says Mephistopheles, 'think so still, till experience change thy mind
I was looking for a series that compared to GoT, Wheel of Time, or at least The Name of the Wind; but I think this book fell well short.
Engaging, Adult, non-pedantic
There are two many characters to love in this book, though if pressed, I would have to go with Cropper. "Because all stories start with Cropper."
This is great book. Lister is a great narrator. Erikson is a great writer. I muddled through George R.R. Martin's over ten part series, and while it kept my interest for the most part, I have never read a series of books where I rolled my eyes so many times at the dialogue. If I hear one more "wool-headed sheep herder" or other juvenile put down, I will scream.
But Erikson writes for adults, and treats the readers as adults. But even more, the story lines are just amazing and largely unpredictable. And with the exception of Cropper, none of the characters are "over the top", though in Cropper's case there is a good reason for it.
Anyway, my only challenge was weather to use my monthly credit or just pay for it and use my credit on a more expensive book.
Don't expect to have any questions answered in this opening to the Malazan Book of the Fallen. However, the characters were each unique and compelling. There is a ton of action and violence on par with Abercrombie. If you're like me, you will hit the prologue after you have finished just to try to figure out what you've missed. I am looking forward to the rest of the series hitting Audible. Performance wasn't spotless, but Ralph is good enough not to get lost in dialogue changes and complex "foreign" language.
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