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    Description

    Vast legions of gods, mages, humans, dragons and all manner of creatures play out the fate of the Malazan Empire in this first book in a major epic fantasy series

    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.

    ©1999 by Steven Erikson. (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

    Commentaires

    "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 

    "I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company, Zelazny's Amber, Vance's Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon's hoard." --Glen Cook

    "A world that is both absorbing on a human level and full of magical sublimity...a wonderfully grand conception...splendidly written...fiendishly readable." --Adam Roberts

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    not always clear

    i am a non native english speaker /listener and the geography of the malazan empire, as well as the race and what are those races inside the story aren't clear to me . otherwise it is very good, i loved the humour , the characters and the depth of the story

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    A master piece

    A freaking gem! A fantasy must read. An epic start to a mind blowing serie.

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    • Brandon M. Salazar
    • 29/03/2019

    A Good Story Told Very Badly

    Try as I may, I can not get through this book. I’ve tried on multiple occasions but it’s just impenetrable. The most I was able to endure was 8 hours before couldn't take it anymore. This is the epitome of a great story absolutely ruined by horrible pacing. A lot of crazy stuff happens right away when the book opens. The problem is, I just. Don't. Care. The best parallel I can think of is if you came in on the 6th season finale of a TV show you haven't seen a single other episode of. This guy just found out his brother died, this woman suddenly betrayed her best friend of the entire series, a ton of s*** is popping off at a crazy pace. The problem is, you don't know these people so as significant as it all seems to be, you just can't elicit any sort of emotional response to any of it.

    It's the same with Malazan. Many times throughout the book, you're thrown into the middle of a scenario where a ton of stuff is happening to characters you haven't met before, and that Erikson makes no effort to introduce. Then, once you've nearly been with a character long enough to start to form some semblance of an idea of who they are, the time, place, and characters all change again and the cycle of disjointed storytelling starts anew. The result is, after 8 hours in which enough different things happen to fill several books in an average fantasy series, every bit of it had all the emotional resonance of a news headline. Less so in fact, since the complete lack of any worldbuilding didn't even give me a clue as to why I should care about where any of it took place either.

    The monotone voice of the reader doesn't help things much either. That coupled with the awful pacing meant that I have never, in my life, been so utterly bored by something more story-driven than a textbook

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    • Matt M
    • 04/07/2018

    What was that about?

    I had to buy the book to see if I could better understand this book with all the nice reviews. I think it was a story about some people who didn't like each other and there was castles and maybe magic, but I'm not sure. I can't believe I paid for this.

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    • Celeste
    • 11/09/2018

    The writing style is not for me.

    I saw the reviews and since I believed I was a good listener I figured I could follow a complex plot - no problem. I was wrong in this case! I tried for hours and did lots of skipping thinking I could get it further into the plot but it just didn't make sense. Some of it was the narration, hard to tell when a chapter ended and another began and character voices sounded the same. It might read better, but not very likely. The editor should have helped the author ensure he developed a cohesive story line that pulled the reader or listener in.

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    • Thomas S Carr
    • 06/09/2018

    This is a perfect example of an editor's failing

    I actually tried to read this book twice....the second time took me looking back and reading chapters again to understand what Steven was telling us. Steven is gifted and has a tremendous ability to tell a story, but he clearly had no editor. This could have been an epic sires, but with no guidance...this gifted writer was left out in the cold. Easy stuff like let the reader know that you are looking back or forward were overlooked and left us guessing...That is the only job an editor should do, beyond punctuation....makes me feel bad...keep it up Steven...just get an editor that knows their job next time.

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    • Adnan
    • 20/11/2012

    An engrossing yet demanding high epic

    This book demands attention from the reader/listener that I had to frequently skip back secs / mins to catchup on things which I missed or did not understood because I was not paying needed attention. Partially it is due to the nature of the book the way it is written, and a lot of it is due to narration. The narrator though otherwise did a great job, did finish one chapter of the book and start the next one seemingly in same breath causing confusion at times. I had to get use to this style, but once I was in synch, I had a great time.

    Book has mix of great elements such as mage assassins making it an entertaining listen. Even though there is free flow use of magic, author manage to maintain the intrigue of such things while combining it with great character development. Characters are very well flushed out, and combination of interesting skill set makes the plot lines very interesting.

    Book does demand attention as mentioned above that not everything is spelled out for the listener. Events are taking place which make no sense at the time gets explained as user continue to read through the book.

    Book sets ambitious goal for itself in terms of complexity and quality, and I have to say that it almost achieved it. Though not easy to listen, it is very entertaining sometimes awesome epic. I plan to next book in the series when it arrives. I would recommend this book for seasoned epic fantasy fans.

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    • George
    • 07/04/2016

    The best Worst book there is

    NO SPOILERS

    This is the weirdest book. I just spent 26 hours listening to it and have no idea what the overall arcing story was. There are so many characters and story world items/concepts in the story that it was hard to keep everything straight. It would have been easier to do if the style of writing explained something.... anything! Its like almost every book I've heard/read has said "John Doe the spawn of darkness was resurrected by Jane because" and this book just says "John Doe the spawn of darkness was resurrected"

    That explanation might not make any sense and I seem to be a loss for the correct way to describe the situation. I read the reviews before buying this book and knew going in it was going to be a bit harder to follow. My opinion is that it is so hard to follow and in the end I didn't care about any character nor did I care about any story line.

    The narrator was fantastic. I will say that. He is probably the only reason I finished this thing.


    Not sure I'd recommend this audio book to anyone.

    You know how when you start a new book you feel discombobulated until you lock on to a character or a story line and you finally feel centered? That never happened in this book. It seems like it could have been good but the author is too imaginative and not structured enough to adequately put the whole story into a cohesive block.

    I wanted to like this book.

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    • tashat
    • 10/04/2018

    Impossible to follow

    At times you don’t know if the name they are talking about is a person, race, religion, food, region, planet, or just an expression. You will be distracted working on figuring it out for the entire chapter only to never figure it out. I am still not sure what the conflict is, who is on which side or if there are even sides at all. The magic system is never explained, you don’t know if the dialogue is real, imaginary or a flashback.

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    • Deziderata
    • 04/04/2015

    A struggle to finish

    Any additional comments?

    I took heed of the reviewer' warnings about the complex plot and long character list. I read chapter summaries on wiki as needed. I understood that the story wouldn't really reach its stride until the second book. In short, I was prepared. I love epic fantasy, and complex plot lines, and rich characters. I was willing to invest the time.

    That's not the problem. The problem is the author's style. Yeah, I said it. I seems that he writes scenes and dialogue to be intentionally obfuscatory, thinking that makes for intelligent prose. It's not that the reader has to pay close attention to understand what's going on in the scene; the reader has to be PSYCHIC to do so.

    One review on audible said something like, 'you have to make me care. It's your job.' That about sums up how I feel. Yes, the story is interesting. The characters are believable.And the narration is good. But I wouldn't recommend this book; it had no heart. Maybe it does get better with the second listening, but I just don't are about the characters enough to slog through it.

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    • Christopher
    • 04/07/2018

    Drops you into a story with no background

    Drops you into the story with no lore or background and then you have to figure it out as you go. That might be fine for a paper book but doesn't work well for audio book. I developed no attachment to any of the characters and will not read more in this series. If you do want to read this do so, don't listen to the audio book.

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    • Ryan
    • 12/04/2018

    Like pulling teeth in slow motion

    Definitely not a fan, the story develops slow and is pretty generic, I've tried making it through this book on 3 separate occasions and I just can't do it. I'm a pretty avid fantasy reader so it's definitely not an issue of just not liking the genre, I can just honestly say that this is one of the most boring books I have ever read in my life.

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    • Marco Alexander
    • 02/05/2013

    Great Fantasy

    Same league as books like Throne of Games, Kingkiller Chronicles or The Way of Kings.

    What I like most about this book (and the series?) is that Erikson does not just tell a medieval story with some of the sterotype magic and mystery here and there. Erikson uses the whole band width of magic, i.e. shamans, sorcerers, seers, gods, all kinds of creatures of shadow and light, even gods interfering with world of humans and the other way arround.

    If you like a vast and highly complex story with lots of players intertwined, never really knowing the full intentions of all of them, I am sure you like this book as I do.

    For sure one of the very best books I read/listened to. I hope www.audible.de soon gets the next books of this series for download.

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    • Allan Jensen
    • 02/06/2014

    Poorly introduced world made worse as audiobook

    This book is infamous for its writing style, introducing a large seemingly deep and complex world and dusins of characters, without actually introducing (as in describe or put into context) any of them. As a result it is impossible to know what anyone or anything is without extensive crossreferencing. This is unfortunately hard to do with an audiobook.

    I managed to get some good moments out of the audiobook after using online wiki's to look up what things was and what was going on, without that, this would have been a one-star.

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    • AL
    • 04/07/2018

    Unable to pay attention...

    Nothing interesting in the first 6 h... I was really looking forward to this series. But I give it up for now.

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    • Marko
    • 29/09/2016

    Gutes Buch komisch geschnitten

    Das Buch ist phantastisch, die Geschichte episch, und der Sprecher erweckt sie gekonnt zum Leben. Die Einteilung in Kapitel ist aber höchst irritierend... etwa jede dritte Marke liegt wirklich an einem Kapitelwechsel, die anderen scheinen völlig willkürlich gesetzt zu sein -- gerne auch mal mitten im Satz. Hätte man da nicht das Ende eines Absatzes finden können? Für jemanden, der die Schlaffunktion nutzt, ein echtes Ärgernis; daher der Abzug in der Gesamtwertung.

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    • Daniel
    • 01/12/2018

    Wow

    Awesome Characters in a deep innovative and detailed Fantasy World.
    An introduction to a 10 Volume epic Storry.
    In addition the speaker is fantastic.

    Worth to listen a second or third Time in a row, to understand the hints and prophecys that are given and to conclude that will come.

    DONT crossread incorrect and boring summarys in the i net! you ruin yourselfe the experience.