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Gardens of the Moon By Steven Erikson Gardens of the Moon The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent bled dry by interminable warfare bitter infighting and bloody confrontations Even the imperial legions long inured to the bloodshed yearn for some respi

  • Title: Gardens of the Moon
  • Author: Steven Erikson
  • ISBN: 9780765348784
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Gardens of the Moon By Steven Erikson The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations 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 cThe Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations 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 But 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.
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    1. seak on said:

      UPDATE I ve just reread this book so I ve updated my review, which you can find at the end of my little lovenote here Why Read The Malazan Book of the Fallen, or A Love Note to Steven Erikson Okay, not really the latter If you ve even attempted to read Gardens of the Moon, the first book in the 10 book epic that is the Malazan Book of the Fallen, you ll see very quickly that you re not given much as a reader It s confusing, it s complicated, it s full of mysteries and myriad of characters and ma [...]

    2. Kelly on said:

      If only I hadn t put on that little black dress Perhaps that would ve saved this one for me I mean, not only did I put on the little black dress, the one cutjusttothere I did the hair I put on the heels too Everyone who has that little black dress or is dating someone who does knows what heels I mean You guys have been in that mood where you really just want to go out paint the town red like you re Sinatra and are just, as they used to say of kings, in the mood to be pleased, right Whoever your [...]

    3. Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin on said:

      OMG I loved this book soooo much There are things I don t understand but I have some lovely friends I can go to if I need answers Also, this is a series I will be able to read over and over and find new tidbits And, I did understand the majority of it Ye gods I was a nervous wreck at the end because I thought someone might meet their true death I think I got that from Tru Blood but I digress Because in this book, not a lot of things stay truly dead They come back or get taken over or some such t [...]

    4. ☽Luna☾ on said:

      full review now up5 5 Buddy read with my soul sister and my pals at BBB Ambition is not a dirty word Piss on compromise Go for the throat So I have stared at my phone screen for approx 96 hours trying to think of a review for this and I m still left speechless, so I have vomited up some words for y all to enjoy, if you want a proper review check Eriksons GR page there s only 3,000 of them Too many regrets Lost chances and with each one passing the less human we all became, and the deeper into th [...]

    5. Markus on said:

      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 hearthhas ebbed, its gleam and life s sparks are but memoriesagainst dimming eyes what cast my mind, what hue mythoughts as I open the Book of the Fallenand 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 [...]

    6. ❄️Nani❄️ on said:

      Now THIS is what I call a pleasant surprise I m very tempted to jump right onto book two butFirst order of business recharge brain battery Let s DO THIS

    7. James LafayetteTivendale on said:

      I am jealous of many of my friends working their way through Malazan, so I have decided to do a re read alongside them I will do the recommended reading order this time too including ICE s books x

    8. Orient on said:

      Reread 2018.01.04 26 Wow, loved this book even It was awesome meeting the characters I love from the first read, everything got clearer and all the tiny clever bits which weren t spotted the first time blew my mind Original review 2016.11.12 23Crokus studied Moon s Spawn instead Do you see its oceans Apsalar asked What He turned Its oceans Grallin s Sea That s the big one The Lord of the Deep Waters living there is named Grallin He tends vast, beautiful underwater gardens Grallin will come down [...]

    9. Choko on said:

      My second read leads me to believe that this is a series that only gets better with re reading I find myself needing to bump my rating this time to 4.44 so it isn t full 5 stars this way I have space to bump it the next time I revisit it A buddy re read with the folks at FBR Because once is never enough when it comes to Malazan Tell me, Tool, what dominates your thoughts The Imass shrugged before replying I think of futility, Adjunct Do all Imass think about futility No Few think at all Why is [...]

    10. TS Chan on said:

      Apr 2017 Rewritten, spoiler free review Gardens of the Moon is the overture to The Malazan Book of the Fallen, providing just a glimmer of what this massive, grimdark epic fantasy tale has to offer, which was best described below in the author s own words Now these ashes have grown cold, we open the old book.These oil stained pages recount the tales of the Fallen,a frayed empire, words without warmth The hearthhas ebbed, its gleam and life s sparks are but memoriesagainst dimming eyes what cast [...]

    11. mark monday on said:

      i feel like i m being pretty generous in giving this 3 stars okay, it is my good deed for 2011 now don t say i never did nuthin for you, steven erikson the cons so much, where do i even start 1 the dialogue is a joke, a sad flailing uncomfortable joke, the kind that just goes on and on and i start to look away from the joke teller in embarrassment corny corn, beyond belief 2 and the characterizations so flat so trite and when they weren t trite just entirely unrealistic there are literally no st [...]

    12. Samir on said:

      25.01.2018 Re read update A brilliant introduction to the greatest epic fantasy series ever A bold statement isn t it And a true one, as well Now these ashes have 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, the [...]

    13. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      Every decision you make can change he world The best life is the one the gods don t notice You want to live free, boy, live quietly Great advice anytime, but even better advice when your world is in a constant state of war Living large as the younger generation used to say I m sure I m at least a few years out of date with that term I think someone living large is exactly who the universe is most attracted to, not that it is above toying with the occasional poor bastard who just happens to be in [...]

    14. David Sven on said:

      This is my second reading of Gardens of the Moon I ve long suspected that the best way to read Erikson s Malazan series is to read it again I can now confirm that suspicion has been proved correct as far as this book goes I loved rereading this book There were so many times reading the series initially that I felt certain information and story arcs and characters just came out of left field But having read this first book again I am astounded at the sheer level and volume of foreshadowing contai [...]

    15. Petros Triantafyllou on said:

      Loved this to pieces From characters and setting, to prose and pace, every single aspect of the book was magnificent If I could give it 6 stars, I would.There s no point of reviewing such a popular book though, so I ll simply share some of my thoughts for people who have already read it Spoilers ahead PLOTWhile things seemed complicated at first, I knew that they would come together in the end, so I enjoyed trying to puzzle stuff together and figure out everyone s motives and whatnot Unfortunate [...]

    16. Jody on said:

      This was a buddy read with the gang at BBB.Gardens of the Moonis the first book in Steven Erikson s epic Malazan book of the Fallen series The word epic may be overused when describing some books, but that is not the case here Erikson has created one of the most vast world s I have ever read The amount of characters, magic system, history, plots and subplots is on a level of its own My advice when reading this is just go with the flow of the book If you try to remember every detail it can be ove [...]

    17. Bradley on said:

      What a delightful larger than life fantasy novel I was prepared to assume that it was going to be filled with an army of confused characters mired in grit and blood and that I shouldn t expect too much from the first novel because the series gets seriously good later.I might have managed my expectations a bit too much, because I was delighted, instead I ve been a fan of the Final Fantasy RPGs since the first one, so I m quite used to a lot of these tropes, plus I m also a fan of the Cthulhu myth [...]

    18. Mayim De Vries on said:

      Chapter 24 I am finished On many levels Chapter 23 I wish to say I understand everything Alas, I do not Chapter 22 The most amazing thing about this novel is not the fact that it gives you the whole galaxies of protagonists and plotlines The whole genius that has shaken so many readers with tremors of awe count me in lies in how masterfully each of those shining stars is connected with the others and in how many minuscule surfaces of seemingly random details this is reflected Chapter 21 Damn, th [...]

    19. Robin (Bridge Four) on said:

      2nd Read March 2017This is still a bit of a complicated book with a lot of stuff in it and I m glad I read it with BBB so that we could discuss some of the things I wasn t quite picking up on Problem 1 again is I don t think this is a good book to try and listen too So much is going on and there are so many PoV shifts that it doesn t matter that the narrator is really pretty good it just makes the entire thing very hard to follow So since I m continuing on with this series I will probably have t [...]

    20. Apatt on said:

      A year or so ago someone PM ed me on out of the blue, practically demanding why I haven t read the Malazan series I was simultaneously pleased and annoyed, the former because somebody seems to think I am some kind of SF F guru who can be presumed to have read every worthwhile book in these genres, the latter because it s a bit rude init Still, a backhanded compliment is better than no compliment, or an actual application of somebody s backhand on my person.Gardens of the Moon has a reputation fo [...]

    21. ScottHitchcock on said:

      The second time through what stood out to me was my own idiocy in not seeing certain things the first time through I think the things that makes Erikson tough to figure out is the pure volume of information he s throwing at you There s one particular reveal in book 2, which I was blown away by in the first reading, that re reading this it was so crystal clear if I just read between the lines Re reading this two years later I was also shocked at parts I had forgotten completely Part of that was I [...]

    22. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) on said:

      And Thus I Signed My Death Warrant DNF Buddy Read ATISMDWBR with some lovely people of slightly despicable book taste over at BBB DNF at 75% No comment.Friendly warning grab a snack and get a drink, this whole lot of nuthin should take a while This crappy non review is dedicated to all those Brave Little Barnacles BLB out there who went the nefarious way and dared NOT luuurrrrrve this book Consider my subaquatic kingdom a safe haven from the Erikson Horde of Doom EHoD , who shall no doubt persec [...]

    23. Kaora on said:

      This was a tough book to get into.There is no spoon feeding here You are thrown into the world that Erikson created with no back story or explanation Although there is a glossary of important terms and people I suggest putting it to good use, like I did.Nothing is clear from the start, but once you start getting invested and reading between the lines, you start to notice how truly amazing this book is There are a lot of characters, and despite finishing this mammoth book I feel like I have barel [...]

    24. Jamie on said:

      Gardens of the Moon is the first in Steven Erikson s gargantuan and oddly named fantasy series, Malazan Book of the Fallen What s odd about it is that it took me THREE tries to get through this first volume The first two times I tried, I got one or two hundred pages in and just lost interest, mainly because I was confused and didn t know what was going on But the third time I tried it just clicked and I enjoyed it Figuring out why this is the case took some thought, and I believe it boils down t [...]

    25. Aristea on said:

      The third read confirms 5 stars This is one of the best fantasy series not only the complexity and the world building awards this rating but also the characters development and empathy is uncanny Update on the review and casting choices on the blog todaysdecameron.wordpressI am looking forward to a lot of comments to sparkle the conversation This is a re read of the Gardens of the Moon GotM Originally I gave this book 4 stars but this re read made me love the series again, the details I noticed [...]

    26. edge of bubble on said:

      Buddy read with my science partner, Sade I was a shitty reading buddy here, disappeared right in the middle of the book for days, but she still didn t write me off of her will I ve heard a lot of stuff about this book before starting it I was warned that it was hard, I would be confused, not to stop, to be patient and vigilant, no pain no gain To sum it up, that the BOOK WILL MAKE ME IT S BITCH I was given guides to make reading easier too So, I ve started this book with dread and even made the [...]

    27. Emma on said:

      I went into reading this book like I was on an adventure and that is exactly what I got Oh my Where to start For prospective initiates to the Malazan series I would recommend concentration time a notebook large comfy sofa plenty of snacksThis book gets 4 stars right now because of the amount of work it took to read it, but I reserve the right to upgrade later I suspect the series is a 5 star read.I was on holiday this week and had no plans to read this book In fact I had a nice selection of book [...]

    28. Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ on said:

      Me But aren t you stressed about how many series you ve started reading Also Me FUCK OFF SELF I LIKE BEING MISERABLE

    29. Carol. on said:

      Malazan is an astonishingly great book Tremendous Many of my friends love Malazan, giving this first book in the series an average 3.81 rating way to bring it down, Sarah Anne and Becky , and I love it too It was great Hugely great Erikson takes the time to build the sense of each character, the workings of their daily life and the way they continued to develop over the course of the book was exquisitely detailed The plot quickly ramps into action, with events building to a frantic pace that cul [...]

    30. Conor on said:

      Gardens of the Moon is an ambitious, dense and challenging book The reader is dropped into a world with thousands of years of history A history of war, politics, violence and intrigue A world where the gods themselves scheme and battle for power Names, places and concepts are suddenly thrown at the reader without any attempt at simplification and it was this difficulty that ultimately made this book so rewarding If you can persevere through the challenges this book throws at you, you ll realize [...]

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