Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still holds out - and Empress Lasseen's ambition knows no bounds. However, it seems the empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister forces gather as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand.
Conceived and written on an epic scale, Gardens of the Moon is a breathtaking achievement - a novel in which grand design, a dark and complex mythology, wild and wayward magic and a host of enduring characters combine with thrilling, powerful storytelling to resounding effect. Acclaimed by writers, critics and readers alike, here is the opening chapter in what has been hailed a landmark of epic fantasy: the awesome The Malazan Book of the Fallen.
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“An astounding debut...has the potential to become a defining work” (SF Site)
“There's nothing safe about fantasy like this: intriguing, complex, thought provoking, exceedingly well-written, and, for the intelligent reader, exhilaratingly satisfying” (Cinemafantastique)
I've read a few chapters of this book a few months ago, and decided to move to audiobook, because I felt I'd get a better understanding of the book this way.
I've really enjoyed the first portion of the book. The splendid reader, keeps me attentive by changing his voice for each character.
Bought the first 3 books in the series, but didnt make it much into the 2nd. Too many characters are included without any sort of introduction, making many sequences where I have no idea who is talking. The plot is a bit all over the place with no sense of a direction. I just found myself bored.
"Great start to a series."
Looking for something to follow Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy I found several reviews for this series and it sounded just what I was looking for. It was. Interesting characters and a plot that you never know where it's going.
Two minor issues though to bear in mind. Firstly this book has a glossary which is not available in audio format. So there are times where you lose the thread slightly as names and places are mentioned which you are unfamilar with.
The other minor issue is that the remaining books in this series are not available on Audible's uk site. I contacted them and they were quick to respond although with less than good news. They do not have the rights to the remaining books. Hopefully this will be resolved at some stage though.
"Too complicated for me"
No not really, I had to keep going back to try to remember the characters and what they were doing. It seems to jump around a lot and is difficult to get track of the story.
This is a fantastic Book, I am eagerly looking forward to the next volume. The world is enchanting and interesting, the characters are entertaining and inviting. You can't help but get wrapped up in the story. Even small details are clear and easy to remember. The Narration is fantastic, the voices for the different characters are clear and easy to discern. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy.
"Great listen, shame it's over two parts"
Fantastic book, well worth a listen.
Great for those who like complex plotting and a wide cast of characters. High fantasy with some magic and some interesting themes, particular that of convergence - the idea that power draws other power adds some great twists.
Overall - Really recommend this author, glad there are many more in the series!
Excellent production of a complex but highly rewarding novel.
Excellent performance by Ralph Lister. I will get more of these
"Really couldn't get into this"
I normally spend more time with even the books that I eventually discard, but I gave up on this after about 3 hours. I just reached the point where I had (kind of) figured out what was going on in simple plot terms (massacre blah blah murdering gods blah empress blah possessed girl pretending to be a solider blah blah junior noble office in over his head blah blah, mostly) and suddenly realized that I had absolutely no interest or engagement in either the world or the characters. When you're 10% through a book and still have no clue what sort of story is being told, then it's not a story worth listening to.
There is no real attempt to set the scene or introduce you to the main structures in the world, beyond a confusing opening and numerous un-subtle hints about emperors, gods and the like in the opening chapters. That could be a soft opening to a complex mythos that grows and drags you in bit by bit, but if you plan on doing that you need something to keep the reader interested in the mean time - like interesting characters, sparkling writing and a world that is at least vibrant, even if it is mysterious. This book fails on all those counts.
There may be a good book in here once you get past the first third of so, but I just wasn't interested enough to stick around and find out.
This is a very complex novel and it feels like you have started it in the middle of the story.I didnt finish it the book and will not be trying again.
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