Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Vol. 1)

Steven Erikson
The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations. 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.


Reviewed: 2021-01-19
Jumbled, very unclear, unimpressive.

A floating black castle? Kinda stated an then forgotten. It's like the author doesn't know how to craft a description. . . which he doesn't.

The writing style is very, very old fashioned, crusty and fusty. There's basically nothing good to say about this book.
Reviewed: 2018-12-26
Upon reread, there are so many things I had forgotten. Among them, so many hints of things to come that I can't help but be impressed. My star rating is influenced a bit by how great this series is as a whole but the book still deserves it. Erikson throws the reader into a fully realized world, with barely a hint of a lifeline. This may be off putting to some. I urge anyone struggling with this approach to see it through. You will be well rewarded.
The characters' actions and reactions are believable in their context, the plot starts deep and gets deeper, the settings are well illustrated. The care given in its creation makes the world of these books a living breathing reality. It's impressive and, in rereading the "pilot episode", I remember just why I love this series so much. Gardens of the Moon stands alone but is enhanced a great deal by reading the rest of the books.
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