I thought it’s about time I get back to introducing you to the books & series I absolutely love! I only ever did one post on it and then stopped.. for some reason. And never picked it up again.
I feel sad that I only picked up writing reviews on books a couple of years ago and some of my favourites remain without praise. I don’t think I can write reviews on them so many years later – only if I reread, which I do with a couple.
So I decided to put some books in the spotlight, introduce them and tell you about what I liked so much about them.
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.
The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
- Gardens of the Moon
- Deadhouse Gates
- Memories of Ice
- House of Chains
- Midnight Tides
- The Bonehunters
- Reaper’s Gale
- Toll the Hounds
- Dust of Dreams
- The Crippled God
No surprise here, if you read my blog, you know that I absolutely love this series. There are a few things that annoy me (rambling, too much whining, long inner monologue, too much philosophy..) and some books are better than others. But as a whole, this series is highly enjoyable and just so epic and detailed, I can’t help but be impressed by the world-building, the characters and the multiple storylines.
The magic system in this book helps the cause as well. Everything is just so grand and it’s getting better & bigger the further you get along.
You get traditional wizards, who throw fireballs, magical realms, shapeshifting, powerful weapons, artifacts and dragons!
There really is something for everyone.
I especially loved the dialogue between the characters, especially the soldiers. Erikson is great at writing witty & funny conversations – he should do it more often.
I can’t think of anyone who is as good at writing massive battle scenes as Erikson! Even the journey of an army to their destination becomes exciting.
The whole book series has so many different characters and storylines it follows and some of them are connected, characters meet on the way and create new & interesting situations.. Characters die tragically, characters develop & evolve. It does not get boring (only when he rambles^^).
There are so many scenes I remember and think of fondly, so many characters I love reading about, like Quick Ben, my favourite wizard, the Bridgeburners, Cotillion or even freaking Karsa Orlong!
It’s complicated, yes. It may get frustrating, yup. But it is worth it in the end!