HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Gardens of the Moon

by Steven Erikson

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen (1), World of Malazan (Book of the Fallen 1), Malazan Chronology (7)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
6,9391951,354 (3.75)1 / 271
Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:

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 from Steven Erikson.
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 orderÔ??an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.… (more)

Recently added byHounds, autumnceleste, Spellbreeze, hakksor, private library, Ray-Mort, BriarCrawford
  1. 121
    A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (majkia)
    majkia: Both feature war-torn landscapes, confusing and conflicting motivations for main characters, and focus on complex characters whose loyalties are strained and oftentimes change.
  2. 90
    The Black Company by Glen Cook (saltmanz)
    saltmanz: If you love the Malazan Book of the Fallen (or even just the Bridgeburners) chances are you'll also enjoy Glen Cook's "Chronicles of the Black Company" series.
  3. 70
    Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson (Donogh)
    Donogh: Recommending the second book of a series based on the fact that you've read the first - that's pretty weak usually. But I think it's worthwhile. Why? Because Gardens of the Moon is a poorly written and confusing book. If I'd not been forewarned and told that The Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice were significantly better I would've dropped this series in an instant. So if the world seemed interesting but you didn't like this, do yourself a favour: stick with it and pick up The Deadhouse Gates… (more)
  4. 30
    The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (majkia)
    majkia: an equally dark landscape with complex characters
  5. 31
    Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook (simon211175)
    simon211175: Very similar, although Cook's work is better written.
  6. 20
    The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts (Konran)
    Konran: Both series have complex characters, epic storylines, and detailed worldbuilding.
  7. 10
    Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont (xjurajx)
  8. 00
    Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson (WeeTurtle)
    WeeTurtle: Third in the Malazan Series but acts as the sequel to Gardens of the Moon, specifically. Recommended even if one decides not to continue through the entire series.
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

Group TopicMessagesLast Message 
 FantasyFans: Reread of Malazan on Tor.com9 unread / 9heatherlove, August 2010

» See also 271 mentions

English (186)  Spanish (3)  Dutch (2)  Chinese, traditional (1)  Slovak (1)  Italian (1)  All languages (194)
Showing 1-5 of 186 (next | show all)
Too many POVs, and they are too varied. From all powerful wizard / god / assassin level to regular (ish) guy and back, too often. The reader knows too much or too little in each role and it invalidates the perspective. The author acknowledges the inspiration of The Black Company, but uses the facsimile as a side-show in the interplay of world changing powers. ( )
  DDtheV | Jun 1, 2024 |
splendido ( )
  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
I don't think I have ever suffered through my reading like with this book. It's not like I wasn't warned. I went in fully invested and finally gave in to my FOMO of not reading Erikson before.

Some moments were great, some insane imagery, and unforgettable scenes that only great fantasy can achieve. There is a larger-than-life story here, many interesting characters, and an incredible, detailed world full of magic.

But, for a reader to enjoy these elements they need to be measured, introduced at the right time and be meaningful to the plot. This novel goes heavily in medias res, as the reader is observing whats going on through the eyes of the characters. This is not a problem in itself, but there is so much redundancy in this novel. I'd even call it bad editing.

I am very well aware that many fantasy readers love this approach, the same way many people like their food with "everything on it". I just don't.

I came across a sort of companion/guide somewhere on forums that had some maps and chapter summaries. It was incredibly helpful because many things you really don't get merely by reading the text. At least not chronologically on your first read. This is a red flag for me. You shouldn't need to have a companion or even take extensive notes in order to understand what is going on. But, in a weird way, it felt satisfying, just very exhausting.

I've been told that this book is the worst in the series and that I shouldn't give up just yet. I may read the second one when I feel patient enough. It better be good! ( )
1 vote ZeljanaMaricFerli | Mar 4, 2024 |
Two years, and a lot of falling asleep, I'm finally done this book. I only finished it so I could say I'd done it. Happy now, Dan? ( )
  PurplOttr | Dec 1, 2023 |
I had high hopes and really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately, it did nothing for me. I didn't connect with any of the characters, I didn't care about what happened to any of them, and I just couldn't get into the plot at all. I thought the author introduced too many characters at once, and I had a very difficult time keeping them - or the complex and intricate world-building - straight.

A friend keeps raving about this series, so I tried it again a third time (after DNF'ing it the first two times, in 2017 and 2018). This time I managed to get through the entire book, but in the end, I wished I'd spent my time reading something else. Sadly, I will not be continuing with this series. ( )
1 vote Elizabeth_Cooper | Oct 27, 2023 |
Showing 1-5 of 186 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (14 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Steven Eriksonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Panelli, LuciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stone, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Epigraph
Now these ashes gave grown cold, we open the old book. These oil-stained pages recount the tales of the Fallen, a frayed empire, words without warmth. The hearth has ebbed, its gleam and life's sparks are but memories against dimming eyes - what cast my mind, what hue my thoughts as I open the Book of the Fallen and breathe deep the scent of history? Listen, then, to these words carried on that breath. These tales are the tales of us all, again yet again. We are history relived and that is all, without end that is all.
Dedication
Voor I.C. Esselmont. Zoveel werelden die wachten op ontdekking, zoveel werelden die wachten op ons.
This novel is dedicated to
I. C. Esslemont
worlds to conquer worlds to share
First words
The stains of rust seemed to map blood seas on the black, pocked surface of Mock's Vane.
Quotations
"Out of your depth, Captain? Don't worry, every damn person here's out of their depth. Some know it, some don't. It's the ones who don't you got to worry about. Start with what's right in front of you and forget the rest for now. It'll show up in its own time ..."
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:

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 from Steven Erikson.
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 orderÔ??an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Current Discussions

None

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.75)
0.5 10
1 54
1.5 6
2 119
2.5 23
3 297
3.5 80
4 574
4.5 59
5 389

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 206,970,606 books! | Top bar: Always visible