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Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen)by Steven Erikson
Gardens of the Moon is the first book in one of my favorite fantasy series. Unconventional in its characters and scope, this series rocks. The world and the races in it aren't your average Tolkien-derived orcs and elves. Everyone in these books is tinted some shade of gray. There are no child heroes, and most of the "heroes" aren't all that heroic. But they are well written and enjoyable. The best part of this multi-volume series is that the author already has the manuscripts done — no Robert Jordan (Oops, I died.) or George R. R. Martin (Oops, my computer/dog ate it.) shenanigans. Steven Erikson is an archaeologist by trade, and he imparts a sense of history, ancient cultures, and ancient architecture into his tale. I'd recommend this to diehard fantasy fans, those who like George R. R. Martin and David Cook, and those seeking non-sequitur fantasy.
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.
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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.
This special edition is limited to only 500 numbered copies signed by the author.
About the Author
STEVEN ERIKSON was born in Toronto, grew up in Winnipeg, and then lived in the UK for several years with his wife and son. They recently returned to Canada. He is an anthropologist and archaeologist by training, as well as a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.
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