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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...

"Erikson is an extraordinary writer... my advice to anyone who might listen to me is: treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon." Stephen R. Donaldson

"I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of the imagination may be the high watermark of epic fantasy." Glen Cook

"The imagination of Steven Erikson can only be marveled at as he breathes new life into the fantasy genre with his new ideas and creations. A work of great skill and beauty." Fantasy Book Review logo logo

Reader reviews

from Australia


I\'ve read a lot of fantasy in my time. This? It just isn\'t very good. It is the Emperor\'s new clothes of fantasy novels. People talk about needing to be intelligent or needing to prefer \'adult\' books in order to appreciate Erikson\'s books. You can ignore these comments as wishful thinking. The only thing you need to enjoy Erikson\'s books is a high tolerance for his faults as an author and low expectations. Erikson obviously has some imagination and some capacity as a world builder, but it just isn\'t that good. His characters are, as other people mention, poorly constructed cardboard cut-outs. There is no flesh to the world he is creating; it doesn\'t feel real, it doesn\'t draw you in. There are plenty of other authors out there who match or surpass Erikson in building worlds, magic systems and characters with more depth, more relatability, more breadth and far more mastery. Erikson\'s magic system is a mess and lacks any proper coherence. Frustratingly, this means that there is no way to tell how strong a character is - which means you don\'t know if they are in danger or are safe in any given situation - which removes all tension. This lack of coherence also allows for Erikson to implement sloppy deus ex machine - which again removes tension. Things don\'t happen for reasons that make sense or are coherent, they happen because it suits Erikson\'s whim. If his writing style was better that might be forgivable. I think the worst thing about this book is that I was reading it and I realised that I simply did not care what happened next. I didn\'t care about what happened to the characters, or to their world. I didn\'t care to find out more about them. The experience is like watching a Michael Bay film. After 30 minutes of watching Transformers (who you can\'t even identify) smash each other up, you just don\'t care. It is spectacle without substance. If you like that kind of thing then great - but there is no reason to settle for this - you can always find both spectacle and substance if you just look around. Erikson offers nothing that you can\'t find elsewhere - except he offers it worse. If you want adult writing (and have finished the obligatory asoiaf) then read Stephen Donaldson\'s stuff. Not just the Covenant books, but also Mordant\'s Need and Gap Cycle. You will get all of the gritty, adultness you could want, but with a competent writer. If you want beautiful writing that is actually art (not just words on a page) then pick up Tigana. Pick up a series from Brandon Sanderson, Feist, Eddings, Jordan, Lieber, Moorcock and you will find more than Erikson\'s limited abilities can offer. Heck, you could even pick up a Janny Wurtz novel and, despite having many of the same faults as Erikson, end up being more rewarded for your time. There is nothing wrong with liking these books per se. Just like there is nothing wrong with enjoying the Transformer movies. Heck, I like watching Shaw Brothers Kung Fu movies. They meet a certain need I am looking for, and my personal tastes allow me to overlook their glaring inadequacies. This is the same for people who like Erikson\'s books. The difference is that I would never, ever try to convince someone that the Shaw Brothers made great cinema.

from United Kingdom


So so good

from UK


Slow. And dark. I like slow.

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