Gardens Of The Moon: (Malazan Book Of The Fallen 1)

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Random House, Jul 28, 2009 - Fiction - 768 pages
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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...

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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Mr. Erikson is a good writer of gritty fantasy. - LibraryThing
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The writing, itself, isn't so great, to be honest. - LibraryThing
It has a lot of plot twists and a lot of characters. - LibraryThing
As it was, the writing didn't convince me. - LibraryThing
The writing is extremely dense. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - RobinLythgoe - LibraryThing

I have heard a lot of good things about this series. There is certainly a lot going on in 'Gardens of the Moon,' but stories of the many individuals involved are so splintered that they are difficult ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Mr. Erikson is a good writer of gritty fantasy. The books are tautly written and though the overall mood is depressing, his world is consistent. Lacking a new volume of Ice and Fire this is reasonably good stuff. Read full review

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Book Seven The Fête sé9
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Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and introduced fantasy readers to his epic 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence, which has been hailed 'a masterwork of the imagination'. This River Awakens was hist first novel, and originally published under the name Steve Lundin. Having lived in Cornwall for a number of years, Steve will be returning to Canada in late summer 2012. To find out more, visit www.malazanempire.com and www.stevenerikson.com

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