Gardens of the Moon pdf Book Summary by Steven Erikson
Gardens of the Moon pdf book by the Canadian author Steven Erikson. Gardens of the Moon is the first of ten novels in Steven Erikson’s high fantasy series the Malazan Book of the Fallen.
Gardens of the Moon novel details the various struggles for power in an intercontinental region dominated by the Malazan Empire.
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, shadow bound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand.
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Gardens of the Moon pdf Book Author – Steven Erikson
Steven Erikson is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. His best-known work is the series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.
Gardens of the Moon pdf Book Information
- Publisher : Tor Fantasy; First edition (January 10, 2005)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 666 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765348780
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765348784
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #148 in Military Fantasy (Books)
- #964 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
- #1,119 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
- Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5,113 ratings
Gardens of the Moon pdf Book Reviews
“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
“Steven Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me: Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon. And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson: Write faster.”-Stephen R. Donaldson
“The author is working so far beyond genre convention you need to measure the distance in light years. We’d sooner attempt to reduce the history of China to a logline than try a plot synopsis in this limited space. Enter Malazan and find a fully-realized universe complete with history, mythology, sociology, and thaumatology. It is peopled with characters who are neither black nor white but patterned of gritty grey and shadows and wade through oceans of blood. There’s nothing safe about fantasy like this: intriguing, complex, thought provoking, exceedingly well-written, and, for the intelligent reader, exhilaratingly satisfying.”–Paula Guran, Cinemafantastique
“An astounding debut…has the potential to become a defining work.”–SF Site
“Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin. Steven Erikson brings a punchy, mesmerizing writing style into the genre of epic fantasy, making an indelible impression. Utterly engrossing.”–Elizabeth Haydon
“The experience of reading Gardens of the Moon is akin to being plunged into a full-immersion course in a heretofore undiscovered realm. Erikson’s world is richly envisioned, dense and gritty, rife with magic and filled with complex political and military intrigue.”–Jacqueline Carey
“A brilliant book! Exciting, inventive, intelligent–frequently funny. A wonderful book to read and to recommend to others.”–David Drake
“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—accomplished with none of the customary rifs on Tolkien. 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
“Complex, challenging…Erikson’s strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own.”–J. V. Jones, SFX
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keep reading and it will all come together eventually
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019
I had to write this review to defend this series! Yes, this book and sometimes the series is a bit all over the place. Yes it is complicated and it has many characters, but so does game of thrones. You are thrown into this book and you have no idea what is going on, and i didn’t understand the magic system until a couple books in. But keep in mind the author intentionally does that! As an archeologist and anthropologist he said you don’t always get to know the whole story of a culture or society, and it gets pieced together as you go along. So if you can get past that and the idea of you might not know everything, this is one of the best world building fantasy I have ever read, and it actually made me realize that I enjoy military fantasy as well. As a woman I never felt the female characters were not as fleshed out as the male characters which isn’t always common in fantasy, and some concepts and characters stayed in my mind months after finishing the series. If that isn’t enough praise I almost never re read non classics and this series I have read 3 times now. If you like in depth world building and great plot movement you will love this series, you just have to give it time to marinate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book gave me a feeling of immersion and excitement that I haven’t felt since I first read Dune.
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2017
This one was a ride. I really, really liked this book, and I think it was a hell of a start to a 10-book epic. And epic is most definitely the right word for it because man, there are a lot of moving pieces here. Erikson drops you onto the continent of Genabackis in the middle of an Imperial military campaign, and you essentially have to try to keep up. Many readers talk about how confusing this book is, and that it’s something you just have to get through, but my advice is to not let that dissuade you. I think rather than expecting confusion, you should expect resolution and understanding to eventually come. Just trust Steven on this one, because although I now have only an inkling of the story, I trust that he knows what he’s doing.
Reading this book gave me a feeling of immersion and excitement that I haven’t felt since I first read Dune (my favorite book) when I was around 13 years old. When I picked up Dune I was shocked to see a glossary at the back. A work of fiction so vast that it needs its own glossary? It was fantastic. I couldn’t get enough of it; learning these new words and new places, experiencing this whole new world alongside the characters. Those same feelings came back to me as I read Gardens of the Moon, holding my fingers in the front and back of the book, flipping to and from maps and glossaries and character lists learning all that I could. I think I’m in for the long haul on this one.
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