Update: Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Steven Erikson

February 17, 2014 2014 Read & Review, Epic Fantasy, Epic High Fantasy, Fantasy, Fantasy - Grimdark, Flights of Fantasy, Group Read, Hardback, Military Fantasy, Reading, series, unlikeable main characters, War & Recovery, woman warrior 0

Gardens of the Moon

Bled dry by warfare, the vast Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Sergeant Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners and surviving sorceress Tattersail wanted to mourn the dead of Pale. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, holds out, Empress Lasseen’s ambition knows no bounds, and the gods intend to intervene.

Current location: 372/494 (75%)

So, I’ve been reading this book.

It’s part of a ten book series that has an additional only God knows how many more books attached. I’d never planned to read this series for that reason alone. When I told my husband I was reading a ten book series he told me that I was “getting hosed.” But the group chose it as a book of the month and I said I’d give it a chance. Took a month to get here from the library…I should have known it was gonna be trouble then.

This book. It is…bewildering. It is large. It is confusing. There is JUST SO MUCH going on all at the same time that my reading speed has been slowed considerably.

I’m so confused but I’m sorta clued in but I’m just not sure and DAMMIT I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON. I see that a gigantic clusterfuck is just on the horizon but I’M SO FUCKING CONFUSED.

Sadly, I’ve been told that this is normal. O_O

So I’m supposed to force my way through this…mammoth. I just don’t know. I’m 75% in and I feel tired. And slightly hungover. And when I started writing this post I did a little digging. And saw the below post made by a friend of mine:

The following order is generally accepted among the fanbase (asterisks mark Esslemont’s books):

1. Gardens of the Moon
2. Deadhouse Gates
3. Memories of Ice
4. House of Chains
5. Midnight Tides
6. Night of Knives*
7. The Bonehunters
8. Reaper’s Gale
9. Return of the Crimson Guard*
10. Toll the Hounds
11. Stonewielder*
12. Orb Sceptre Throne*
13. Dust of Dreams
14. The Crippled God
15. Forge of Darkness
16. Blood and Bone*

Putting OST after The Crippled God is a common variation. Don’t put it in between Dust of Dreams and The Crippled God though, they were originally one book that got split in two.

Please notice that this means there are 16 books in the series.

But the Series Page for the Esslemont portion of the series here shows an unpublished book. https://www.goodreads.com/series/42512-malazan-empire

Y’all have no idea of the slowly creeping feeling of dread that just snaked its way up my spine.

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