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Gardens of the Moon: Book One of the Malazan Book of the Fallen

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Staff Pick

Gardens of the Moon is the first volume of Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series. With brutal battles, conniving characters, and a densely constructed world, this epic series is an excellent pick for fans of George R. R. Martin or Patrick Rothfuss.
Recommended by Burnside Genre Team, Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"Give me...the evocation of a rich, complex and yet ultimately unknowable other world, with a compelling suggestion of intricate history and mythology and lore. Give me mystery amid the grand narrative. There's no need to spell it all out; no prefaces, please, elucidating the history of Middle Earth as if to students in a lecture hall....Give me, in other words, the fantasy work of Steven Erikson." Andrew Leonard, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"In this sprawling fantasy epic of the Malazan empire at war with its enemies and itself, the first of a projected 10-volume series, Canadian newcomer Erikson offers many larger-than-life scenes and ideas, but his characters seem to shrink to fit the story. Perhaps they need to stay small enough for the reader to keep them all in mind. Jumping often between plot lines, the novel follows Ganoes Stabro Paran from his boyhood dreaming of soldiers to his escape from imperial service. Paran travels on journeys of body and soul, going from innocent to hardened rebel against gods and empire without losing his moral core. Other characters may go further, to death and back even, but none is as sharply portrayed. The book features a plethora of princes and paupers, powers and principalities, with much inventive detail to dazzle and impart a patina of mystery and ages past. The fast-moving plot, with sieges, duels (of sword and of spell), rebellions, intrigue and revenge, unearthed monsters and earth-striding gods, doesn't leave much room for real depth. Heroes win, villains lose, fairness reigns, tragedy is averted. Erikson may aspire to China Miville heights, but he settles comfortably in George R.R. Martin country. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (June 16) FYI: The first four volumes have already been published in the U.K." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]here's no question that [Erikson's] a strong writer, adept at characterization and capable of a real vigor in his prose." Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Review:

"It remains to be seen whether Erikson's excellent writing will carry through nine more volumes of this gritty, realistic fantasy....Wager on fantasy readers' robust appetites, however." Roland Green, Booklist

Review:

"An astounding debut....has the potential to become known as a defining work in Fantasy." Neil Walsh, SF Site

Review:

"A brilliant book! Exciting, inventive, intelligent — frequently funny. A wonderfful book to read and to recommend to others." Jacqueline Carey

Review:

"Steven Erikson is an extraordinary writer....My advice to anyone who might listen to me is, Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon. And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson is, write faster." Stephen R. Donaldson

Review:

"Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic bruutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin. Utterly engrossing." Elizabeth Haydon

Review:

"Erikson offers many larger-than-life scenes and ideas, but his characters seem to shrink to fit the story....The fast-moving plot...doesn't leave much room for real depth." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with 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, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, 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 voice.  

About the Author

Steven Erikson was born in Toronto, grew up in Winnipeg, then lived in the UK for a number of years with his wife and son. They have since returned to Winnipeg. He worked for nearly twenty years as an anthropologist and archaeologist, as well as being a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.

His debut fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, has been acclaimed for its combination of originality and intelligent, strong and exciting storytelling, singling out its author as a writer destined to rank alongside Steven R. Donaldson, George R.R. Martin, and Robert Jordan among the giants of the genre.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765310019
Subtitle:
Book One of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Erikson, Steven
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Malazan Book of the Fallen
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 10
Publication Date:
June 1, 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 2 black-and-white maps
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 496 pages Tor Books - English 9780765310019 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Gardens of the Moon is the first volume of Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series. With brutal battles, conniving characters, and a densely constructed world, this epic series is an excellent pick for fans of George R. R. Martin or Patrick Rothfuss.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this sprawling fantasy epic of the Malazan empire at war with its enemies and itself, the first of a projected 10-volume series, Canadian newcomer Erikson offers many larger-than-life scenes and ideas, but his characters seem to shrink to fit the story. Perhaps they need to stay small enough for the reader to keep them all in mind. Jumping often between plot lines, the novel follows Ganoes Stabro Paran from his boyhood dreaming of soldiers to his escape from imperial service. Paran travels on journeys of body and soul, going from innocent to hardened rebel against gods and empire without losing his moral core. Other characters may go further, to death and back even, but none is as sharply portrayed. The book features a plethora of princes and paupers, powers and principalities, with much inventive detail to dazzle and impart a patina of mystery and ages past. The fast-moving plot, with sieges, duels (of sword and of spell), rebellions, intrigue and revenge, unearthed monsters and earth-striding gods, doesn't leave much room for real depth. Heroes win, villains lose, fairness reigns, tragedy is averted. Erikson may aspire to China Miville heights, but he settles comfortably in George R.R. Martin country. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (June 16) FYI: The first four volumes have already been published in the U.K." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Give me...the evocation of a rich, complex and yet ultimately unknowable other world, with a compelling suggestion of intricate history and mythology and lore. Give me mystery amid the grand narrative. There's no need to spell it all out; no prefaces, please, elucidating the history of Middle Earth as if to students in a lecture hall....Give me, in other words, the fantasy work of Steven Erikson." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Review" by , "[T]here's no question that [Erikson's] a strong writer, adept at characterization and capable of a real vigor in his prose."
"Review" by , "It remains to be seen whether Erikson's excellent writing will carry through nine more volumes of this gritty, realistic fantasy....Wager on fantasy readers' robust appetites, however."
"Review" by , "An astounding debut....has the potential to become known as a defining work in Fantasy."
"Review" by , "A brilliant book! Exciting, inventive, intelligent — frequently funny. A wonderfful book to read and to recommend to others."
"Review" by , "Steven Erikson is an extraordinary writer....My advice to anyone who might listen to me is, Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon. And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson is, write faster."
"Review" by , "Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic bruutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin. Utterly engrossing."
"Review" by , "Erikson offers many larger-than-life scenes and ideas, but his characters seem to shrink to fit the story....The fast-moving plot...doesn't leave much room for real depth."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with 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, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, 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 voice.  

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