Book Review: Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

My review today is for Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Where to start on a review for this book/series? I mean with something on the epic scale and imagination as this story, characters, and world building. The Mythology of the world alone is on such a epic scale. So much to comprehend. I guess that brings me to my only complaint, so much info, in so short of a time. But hey I can handle it.

All I have been hearing since I started reading Fantasy again in 2011 is “you have to read Malazan!” So I finally listened and started. I think I have a new obsession. I can now see what everyone has been going on and on about for all this time. I am hooked and I now need more! So yes I will be continuing this series, and I can’t wait! I know more greatness awaits and I am highly anticipating the journey to come.

Overall a great read. I was entertained, I loved the epic sprawling world created here, and I want to go right into the next book and get more from this series. This might not be for everyone but after reading this first book, I think it is for me.

People are always wanting me to go into more detail in my reviews, but that is just not me. I either like something or I don’t. Hard for me to always describe that. I am not a writer, don’t pretend to be. I do much research before I start a book. I don’t want to waste my time reading a book I have no chance of liking. You can take that how you like.

As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.

4/5 STARS

This book is out NOW!

So go get your copy!

 

 


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 Gardens of the Moon 

by Steven Erikson

  • Series: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • Mass Market Paperback: 666 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765348780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765348784

 

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.

 

 


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Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including The Crippled God, Dust of Dreams, Toll the Hounds and Reaper’s Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. Gardens of the Moon was the first novel in the series and was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.

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  16 comments for “Book Review: Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

  1. December 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Malazan is a great series, Gardens of the Moon is quite hard to get into and isn’t the best overall representation of the entire series, books 2 and 3 are my favourite.

    Malazan does have a few issues later on but with 10 books and 1,000’s of pages it’s to be expected and is still a quality series.

    For what it’s worth, I like your reviews and don’t think you need to go into more detail, everyone reviews differently.😀

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    • December 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! I am excited to get further into this series! Thanks!

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  2. December 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I agree, sometimes book reviews can go on and on (like mine sometimes!) so it’s nice to read short and sweet reviews:-D

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    • December 23, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you! Appreciate that! I am just glad someone actually reads them!

      Like

  3. December 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I wanted so badly to like this series I did like book 2 but it took me about 4 months to finish book 4 and never went past that. I am sure ill get to the rest at some point but good review kind of made me want to try it again.

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    • December 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks! I thought this first book was quite brilliant. I hope this series can continue to be the same or even better for me!

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  4. December 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Totally agree with Drew. It’s your blog, review the books how YOU want. I like this book. Books two and three are incredibly good. I didn’t read on after that though.

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    • December 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thank You! I will just keep reviewing my way! I am excited to see what kind of journey this series takes me on. I can only hope it will be great throughout.

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  5. December 24, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I’m reading this too right now. I’m halfway. Liking it a lot as well, but it’s a slow read. It will ta

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  6. December 24, 2016 at 8:23 am

    *take forever to finish the series. 😉

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