Gardens of the Moon (Malazan: Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson 99p on Kindle @ Amazon
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Gardens of the Moon (Malazan: Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson 99p on Kindle @ Amazon

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Found 1st FebEdited by:"JustExhumed"
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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Prologue sent me to sleep. Opening chapter wasn't much better - not sure whether it was the flat dialogue or clunky description. Are all fantasy books this turgid? Enjoyed 'Lord of the Rings' many years ago and as far as I remember it flows brilliantly. Good price anyway if you can get along with it. It looks like the author put a lot of effort in and narrative writing is far from easy.
It's worth struggling through this as the rest of the books in the Malazan book of the fallen get progressively better and showcase some of the standout fantasy writing of the last decade. Gardens of the Moon was written a long time before the rest, adapted from a film script, and is definitely a bit clunky. It's still not THAT bad though and is definitely worth a punt at 99p
As the first book of the series, it's quite a tough read. It's 100% worth it though. My favourite fantasy series bar none.
Stealth_Fox19 m ago

It's worth struggling through this as the rest of the books in the Malazan …It's worth struggling through this as the rest of the books in the Malazan book of the fallen get progressively better and showcase some of the standout fantasy writing of the last decade. Gardens of the Moon was written a long time before the rest, adapted from a film script, and is definitely a bit clunky. It's still not THAT bad though and is definitely worth a punt at 99p


Very good price indeed. And considering how much time has obviously gone into it, a bargain. I found that I was editing rather than reading though, partly to stop myself from falling asleep. Far too many 'extraneous words' which detract from the narrative, and the characters, if you can call them that, sound robotic. Admittedly it can take time to get used to an author's style but life is too short. Good one for fans of the genre though. I'll go back to reading Hunter S Thompson.
Shouldn't that be "Gardens of the Moon" ?

The series definitely gets better, like any fantasy series you spend the first book getting to know the races, magic system and histories and with MBOTF there is quite a lot to know.

To be honest though, i "listened" to all the books in the series which made the experience much better.
Edited by: "bluntmachetti" 1st Feb
bluntmachetti43 m ago

Shouldn't that be "Gardens of the Moon" ?The series definitely gets …Shouldn't that be "Gardens of the Moon" ?The series definitely gets better, like any fantasy series you spend the first book getting to know the races, magic system and histories and with MBOTF there is quite a lot to know.To be honest though, i "listened" to all the books in the series which made the experience much better.


Oh wow, yes of course. I wouldn't mind, I've read it! I'll put that down to the early morning post, thanks for the nudge!
mike203uk2 h, 19 m ago

Prologue sent me to sleep. Opening chapter wasn't much better - not sure …Prologue sent me to sleep. Opening chapter wasn't much better - not sure whether it was the flat dialogue or clunky description. Are all fantasy books this turgid? Enjoyed 'Lord of the Rings' many years ago and as far as I remember it flows brilliantly. Good price anyway if you can get along with it. It looks like the author put a lot of effort in and narrative writing is far from easy.


Check out Brandon Sanderson's books. The Mistborn Trilogy is a good jumping in point. I've seen a few people refer to it as a Young Adult series, but I thought it was a brilliant fantasy setting and I'm 27. His Stormlight Archive series just had it's 3rd book of the expected 10 released a few months ago and has been excellent so far, if a bit slow to start in the first book.
I'm currently working my way through book 3, still struggling with the scale of it but I am enjoying the series, and its nice that they are all finished (I'm looking at you Patrick Rothfuss and George Martin!).
mike203uk8 h, 16 m ago

Prologue sent me to sleep. Opening chapter wasn't much better - not sure …Prologue sent me to sleep. Opening chapter wasn't much better - not sure whether it was the flat dialogue or clunky description. Are all fantasy books this turgid? Enjoyed 'Lord of the Rings' many years ago and as far as I remember it flows brilliantly. Good price anyway if you can get along with it. It looks like the author put a lot of effort in and narrative writing is far from easy.

Gardens of the Moon is definitely not easy going, often difficult to follow and hard to grasp, but it's well worth sticking with it as Steven Erikson is one of the best fantasy authors that I have ever read in the epic genre. The attention to detail, fascinating characters and engrossing storylines make for riveting reading.
If you are a fan of the genre then you should also read Brent Weeks Both his series- the Night Angel trilogy and Lightbringer series are great reading.
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