Gardens of the Moon: Book One of The Malazan Book of the Fallen (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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 rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad 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 turns her predatory gaze.

However, 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 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 new voice.

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Great writing, characters, plot and pacing. - Goodreads
Tried fairly hard to read this one. - Goodreads
Good characters, good world building, good prose. - Goodreads
The writing is a little clunky and uncomfortable. - Goodreads
Good intro to an excellent series. - Goodreads
Very confusing plot, or maybe I'm just slow. - Goodreads

Review: Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)

User Review  - Joel - Goodreads

The first book in a long epic fantasy series. The plot is intricate to an almost absurd degree and the world-building, complete with long-vanished cultures and poetry, is excellent. The characters are ... Read full review

Review: Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)

User Review  - Riley Dawson - Goodreads

Eh. Probably won't read the next one. The writing was kind of boring and I didn't find anything particularly thrilling about the characters. I would have probably LOVED this before I was exposed to Rothfuss, Abercrombie, Martin, etc. But, alas, that is not how my reading life has unfolded. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Steven Erikson was born in Toronto, grew up in Winnipeg, then lived in the UK for a number of years with his wife and son. They have since returned to Winnipeg. He worked for nearly twenty years as an anthropologist and archaeologist, as well as being a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.

His debut fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, has been acclaimed for its combination of originality and intelligent, strong and exciting storytelling, singling out its author as a writer destined to rank alongside Steven R. Donaldson, George R.R. Martin, and Robert Jordan among the giants of the genre.

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