Gardens of the Moon: Book One of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
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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Review: Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)User Review - Donna - Goodreads
I listened to it on an audio book, and couldn't keep all the characters straight. I even went to so far to download a character cheat sheet from the internet. Maybe it would be easier in print. I ... Read full review
Review: Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)User Review - Devin Christensen - Goodreads
I couldn't get into this book. If the author spent more time developing the characters, rather than the situation, I think I would have continued reading it. As far as I read though, there was a fantastical situation being developed around characters I wasn't at all interested in. Read full review