Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still holds out - and Empress Lasseen's ambition knows no bounds. However, it seems the empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister forces gather as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand.
Conceived and written on an epic scale, Gardens of the Moon is a breathtaking achievement - a novel in which grand design, a dark and complex mythology, wild and wayward magic and a host of enduring characters combine with thrilling, powerful storytelling to resounding effect. Acclaimed by writers, critics and readers alike, here is the opening chapter in what has been hailed a landmark of epic fantasy: the awesome The Malazan Book of the Fallen.
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"An astounding debut...has the potential to become a defining work" (SF Site)
"There's nothing safe about fantasy like this: intriguing, complex, thought provoking, exceedingly well-written, and, for the intelligent reader, exhilaratingly satisfying" (Cinemafantastique)
Looking for something to follow Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy I found several reviews for this series and it sounded just what I was looking for. It was. Interesting characters and a plot that you never know where it's going.
Two minor issues though to bear in mind. Firstly this book has a glossary which is not available in audio format. So there are times where you lose the thread slightly as names and places are mentioned which you are unfamilar with.
The other minor issue is that the remaining books in this series are not available on Audible's uk site. I contacted them and they were quick to respond although with less than good news. They do not have the rights to the remaining books. Hopefully this will be resolved at some stage though.
I have never written a review but thought this book merited one.
Yes, it's a bit difficult to keep up with with who is who at times and a couple of parts i relistened to but for me it was the first fantasy book in quite a while that had some depth.
I found some of the characterisations very good and am hoping this will build as the series continues.
As i really enjoyed it i went to download the next book to find it's not available on audio so have just bought the book instead.
The guy performing it does a good job - it must be really hard!
My general moan with men reading female dialogue is that the women often sound whiney! ah well........
Fantastic book, well worth a listen.
Great for those who like complex plotting and a wide cast of characters. High fantasy with some magic and some interesting themes, particular that of convergence - the idea that power draws other power adds some great twists.
Overall - Really recommend this author, glad there are many more in the series!
This is a fantastic Book, I am eagerly looking forward to the next volume. The world is enchanting and interesting, the characters are entertaining and inviting. You can't help but get wrapped up in the story. Even small details are clear and easy to remember. The Narration is fantastic, the voices for the different characters are clear and easy to discern. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy.
Brilliant story and well worth the listen.
A lot of set up as it is only the first half of a book rife with complexity.
But it's complexity is not a hindrance and draws you into the world of the Malazan empire.
Retired lady who loves books, now unable to read them I have found the magic world of audio and love listening to them whenever I can:)
No not really, I had to keep going back to try to remember the characters and what they were doing. It seems to jump around a lot and is difficult to get track of the story.
Feel like I was listening to epic story. However very hard to follow, lots of confusion as I felt like I was thrown in the deep end without much introduction to the world.
"Part 1 of Gardena of the Moon"
I've read a few chapters of this book a few months ago, and decided to move to audiobook, because I felt I'd get a better understanding of the book this way.
I've really enjoyed the first portion of the book. The splendid reader, keeps me attentive by changing his voice for each character.
"Bit of a mess."
Bought the first 3 books in the series, but didnt make it much into the 2nd. Too many characters are included without any sort of introduction, making many sequences where I have no idea who is talking. The plot is a bit all over the place with no sense of a direction. I just found myself bored.
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