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Urns her predatory gazeHowever it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game Sinister shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their handConceived and written on a panoramic scale Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voic. I began my journey into the Malazan series in a similar manner that I’m sure some others have I was sure I’d fall on the side of those who didn’t like this The reviews are so polarising and so many people talk about how difficult this series is I don’t have the time or energy for that but all of my friends are reading or have already read this Am I really going to be the only one who hasn’tThen I thought maybe I’ll just read the first one this world sounds so interesting I feel like I’m missing out And what do you know In my opinion it is not as intimidating as some people make it out to be and I think you’ll not only enjoy it but love it I’ve been told that Gardens of the Moon is often thought of as the “weakest” in the series If that’s the case then I’m in for enjoying the rest of the seriesTo be honest I only experienced the “wow this is overwhelming” feeling that lots of people talk about when bringing up getting into the Malazan universe for about the first 50 100 pages After that the author does such an amazing job at placing clues leading the reader where he wants them to go without holding their hand or spending 1000 pages telling you about the world The world was rich There were histories upon histories incorporating beings of immense power I felt that Erikson did a fantastic job at portraying the various power levels of individuals explaining their weaknesses and still making you fell in complete awe at the creatures and beings that call this world their home I just wanted and of the Lore I want information about the Bridgeburners the magic system – warrens on the different races such as the T’lan Imass and the Tiste Andii I wanted a “guide” or something that I can take to work and read instead of doing real workI didn’t feel like there was a main character This wasn’t the “coming of age” tale of some hero or the story of how a legend came to be rather this was the story of the entire world and the pieces that came to play on it all moved by their masters and the forces that willed them Characters that you met were already who they had become and I was able to easily understand and appreciate them without needing to be detailed their entire history The entire book felt fast paced Plots upon plots upon plots were woven as all of the puzzle pieces collided chapter after chapter It was such an exciting writing style to be able to see all of your favorite characters converge together Speaking of favorite characters I have a lot of themAnomander Rake Lord of Moon’s Spawn Son of Darkness Knight of DarknessI felt his power when reading of him Erikson did an incredible job with all of his scenes and portraying such powerful characters I could almost feel the pressure of the sword when looked upon and hear the wagon and the chains If there’s one character I want to read and about it’s Rakeuick BenProbably the second character I want to know about Seven warrens can be used by him at one time and he is an ex High Priest of Shadow Where is this guy’s past and how do I get my hands on it He was funny exciting and powerfulWhiskeyjackHere is a man who has become so numb to death and killing that he no longer uestions it It’s always I wouldn’t say fun but interesting to read about characters like this and how they handle themselves I would say that occasionally I thought of him as similar to how I felt about Dalinar in the Words of RadianceParanParan’s story is probably the one you read about most as he is in the beginning and you follow him throughout I think it’s pretty awesome that he now carries Lorn’s Otataral sword and I hope to learn about how the anti magic works in future books Tattersail “Tattersail smiled “The only death I fear is dying ignorant” Holy crap Did that really happen Did she kill her body to and become a baby again She is far powerful than I thought she was initially and was very good at playing the part Can’t wait to read about what happened with her and if she will be reuinited with ParanThere are dozens of others that I loved Kalam I want to see his anger unleashed Sorry What is going on with that witch inside Crokus Tossing the coin in at the end was pretty awesome Rallick Otataral inside of his skin How powerful is he now Tool Lots of feeling and emotion for a supposed three hundred thousand year old creature Toc The scratchy eye and visions through the Warren Where did you go my friend Lorn I loved her chapters though I am not “sad” to see her go If she truly stays deadAnd let’s not forgetKruppeI had mixed feelings about this guy At first I couldn’t figure out who was playing who but towards the end I started to see his real power and motives and ended up with positive feelings about the fat dreaming bastard His third person talking perspective is kind of annoying but funnyGardens of the Moon is a great book that you will enjoy reading as long as you like Swords and Sorcery style fantasy anyway This is the type of fantasy I want to read For some it’ll be too demanding I understand this This book is not for everyone but it most certainly is for me

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Gardens of the MoonThe Malazan Empire simmers with discontent bled dry by interminable warfare bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii 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. OMG Bloody Hell if I don’t finish this seriesI loved this book soooo much Anomander Rake Lord of the Tiste Andii who are the souls of Starless Night Rake the Mane of Chaos That’s who the Moon’s lord is and you’re pitting four High Mages and a single cadre against him There are things I don't understand but I have some lovely Goodreads friends I can go to if I need answers Also this is a series I will be able to read over and over and find new tidbits And I did understand the majority of it 😄Ye gods I was a nervous wreck at the end because I thought someone might meet their true death I think I got that from Tru Blood but I digress Because in this book not a lot of things stay truly dead They come back or get taken over or some such thing It's crazyyyyy I love it 😄There was so much going on in the book but I kept up with most of it Yay And I loved so many characters Paran Sorry Tattersail Lorn Toc and not all of them are good or are they I felt Sorry for Sorry she was in the wrong place at the wrong time in the beginning Then someone I really liked died by stupidity but they were brought back I thought yay you idiot BUT I'm totally in love with Anomander Rake I can't help myself and omg I will except you his description and as he's supposed to be pitch black the image I found online like that made him look like a prune I liked the million other images of him one being from Tor Anomander Rake's skin was jet black befitting Gothos' descriptions but his mane flowed silver He stood close to seven feet tall His features were sharp as if cut from onyx a slight upward tilt to the large vertical pupiled eyes A two handed sword was strapped to Rake's broad back its silver dragonskull pommel and archaic crosshilt jutting from a wooden scabbard fully six and a half feet long From the weapon bled power staining the air like black ink in a pool of water And he's also something else Omg Im shutting up now This book is one of the best epics I have read yet I had no idea I kept watching soooo many of my Goodreads friends reading this series and I finally took the plunge I could have started this long ago but I guess now was my time 😊I recommend to all fantasy lovers Happy Reading Mel ❤️MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List

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Gardens of the Moon Free read Æ 106 Í The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent bled dry by interminable warfare bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii ancient and implacable sorcerers Even the imperial legions long inured to the bloodshed yearn for some respite Yet Empress Laseen's ruBy her dread Claw assassinsFor Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his suad of Bridgeburners and for Tattersail surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead But Darujhistan last of the Free Cities of Genabackis yet holds out It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen t. Now these ashes gave grown cold we open the old bookThese oil stained pages recount the tales of the Fallena frayed empire words without warmth The hearthhas ebbed its gleam and life's sparks are but memoriesagainst dimming eyes what cast my mind what hue mythoughts as I open the Book of the Fallenand breathe deep the scent of historyListen then to these words carried on that breathThese tales are the tales of us all again yet againWe are history relived and that is all without end that is all Dark times have set upon the Malazan Empire Nine years ago the Emperor Kellanved was murdered and his most loyal followers purged by a ruthless and ambitious woman called Surly formerly the Commander of the Claw now known as Laseen 'thronemaster' Under the rule of their new empress the Malazans have spread their empire across the known world and now the war rages in distant Genabackis With the Siege of Pale coming to an end Laseen's attention turns towards Darujhistan last of the Free CitiesThe first tale of The Malazan Book of the Fallen takes place almost exclusively in the cities of Pale and Darujhistan and their immediate surroundings Yet despite of that the book manages to encompass an enormously wide range of different characters and storylines all occurring simultaneously And not only that but all the time the reader gets subtle hints that are easily missed about events yet to come Of course Steven Erikson has become rather infamous for all thisThe characters were pretty standard There were a few I enjoyed greatly most importantly Adjunct Lorn Kruppe and Anomander Rake another handful I liked well enough and a whole lot I found to be completely one dimensional and uninteresting Not that I'm complaining mind you for such a situation must be expected from a book with as many characters as this oneThe writing style is a matter for debate I know many people like it and I've also heard that there is a lot of development throughout the series and while I wouldn't call it bad I cannot say that I liked it either Erikson's style as stated by the man himself in the introduction is both fast paced and dense That made this feel like a book I should have been able to read a lot faster but where I had to force myself to go very slow in order to avoid missing anything So sometimes reading the book caused a minor headache not because it was confusing I actually don't think it was but because I had to read it like I would a university textbook Looking away from all that though the writing itself is okay Not particularly impressive but still good The chapter introductions however were simply amazing I always like uotes and excerpts from in world texts introducing chapters and when those come in the form of poetry it's even betterLet me talk a little bit about the setting then which is by far the greatest strength of this book The continent of Genabackis is a land of many different nations and cultures and it seems that each and every one of them has a developed history From the Moranth to Darujhistan to the lands of the Pannion Seer Erikson has created a setting that's astonishingly enjoyable to read and learn about Add to that the Tiste Andii the T'lan Imass the Jaghut and all the other non human races and the fact that there's a whole world out there waiting to be explored and nine books to do it and this reader for one is definitely happy with the latest fantasy universe he's been given the chance to seeI also felt like there was an advantage in having read the whole Chronicles of the Black Company before venturing forth into this series Glen Cook is according to Erikson his most important source of inspiration and it is already uite easy to see connections between the two series in this first novel Genre wise Erikson follows in Cook's footsteps and both the setting the writing and the characters are similar to the ones found in the world of the Black CompanySo in the end I really liked Gardens of the Moon There were intriguing stories fascinating legends of old epic duels between powerful wizards and mythic creatures appearing from the realms of the gods I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped I would but pretty close to how much I expected I would It is still far too early to see if this series will become one of my favourites but I certainly intend to find out Malazan Book of the Fallen reviews #1 Gardens of the Moon#2 Deadhouse Gates#3 Memories of Ice#4 House of Chains#5 Midnight Tides#6 The Bonehunters#7 Reaper's Gale#8 Toll the Hounds#9 Dust of Dreams#10 The Crippled God