This was a gift I bought for my Uncle, who is an avid reader. He lives for a good book, especially something with a little fantasy and betrayal. Among his favorites are: Lord of the rings, Game of thrones, The Disc World books by Terry Pratchet, etc. He already whizzed through the first book and is halfway through the second. I'm glad there are 10 books in this series to keep him occupied for a few more months while I search for new titles to start him on! He loves the war, the fantasy world full of different heroes and antagonists, the magic and the beasts. The fighting between kingdoms in these books, the political warfare, was something else he said made the books so interesting. Literally a page Turner that will keep you up all night! I highly recommend the Malazan book series to any fantasy and medieval book fan. Very easy reading because they are so addictive.
Steven Erikson is an absolute master. By the final chapters of Memories of Ice, it will have ripped out your soul and bled on it. I've read through the entire series several times over the years, and every time I am heartbroken all over again. Erikson gives his characters *life*! I have never seen his equal.
The first book in the serie was one of the best book i've ever read and the second was great (really hard to love all-new character when you want to know more about the other characters). But the third book is just the best book I've ever read. There,s drama, action, humor, suspense and everything a book need to be great.
I was reveted to the book all the way through the shocking climax of the novel. I could'nt believe all the stuff that is happening in the book and all the work that the author must do to keep everything logic and on the table like this.
I simply recommand this series to anyone who want a good written novel, which need work to understand though (character list of 4 page at the beggining and 4 page of glossary a the end)but so rewarding.
Thank you Mr. Erikson this book made me enjoy reading one again.
Great series. Wonderful writing and character development. I'm reading this series for the second time. Can't find a better story than this in the fantasy genre period. Love this mans imagination ! Would recommend this book like I would recommend this series like I would a bottle of blue label Jonny walker to a scotch drinker
An excellent addition to The Malazan series. For readers who want a long read with excellent characters and unsurpassed story telling I highly recommend this novel, it seems Erikson has also gotten his feet under him for Memories of Ice and the ending doesn't feel rushed, as I found with the first two instalments all and all it makes me incredibly eager to continue this journey through The Malazan Book of The Fallen.
This tale reads as ' real' history, mythically believable,, in a place where magic dynamics and incredible characters entwine within fantastic circumstances that simply 'MUST BE AUTHENTIC" ! If this is fiction, then the real world is a lacklustre bore !
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2015
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Although still confused I love these books. Slowly but surely I am unravelling the plots and stories and have become quite close to some of the characters (particularly Kruppe). Memories of Ice has taken me over a year to read as I tend to dip into it, get distracted, then dip back in again, but I will finish the decology eventually. So far, I think this has been the best book and I will read the next instalment in due course. A word of warning, which is probably too late now it's the third instalment but... Do not daydream. I have done this several times whilst reading these books and by the time I've re-focused I don't know what the hell is going on and have had to re-read that part. It is fast and exciting and most of all, a must!
If anyone thought that the Book of the Fallen could not get any better after the first two more than impressive installments, Memories of Ice proves them gloriously wrong.
We're back on Genabackis, and rejoin the Bridgeburners as they form one part of a very shaky alliance. Many favourite characters make a welcome return, and we meet new faces that are just as interesting.
Among other new developments, Erikson introduces us to the seemingly unstoppable Seguleh, a great creation and very cool. And yet they are just one facet of a widening tapestry that includes undead dinosaurs with swords for hands, comedically theatrical necromancers and newborn tiger gods.
The story is fast-paced, with highlights including the monstrous siege of Capustan and the climactic battle against an insane cult leader.
Those who found the last book heartbreaking be warned: the Bridgeburners themselves, and particularly new chaaracter Itkovian, give the final moments of the book a deep and tragic emotional resonance.
After a work of such brilliance, the only problem now is that Erikson can't possibly top it this time...
Sometimes you think things can't get better but this series of books improves with each book. MOI flowed from chapter to chapter, battle to battle and adventure to adventure. The characters were so believable you just didn't want to leave them behind. The descriptive narrative was mindblowing. Can it be improved on? We will see. Now we move on to Book 4. New characters and new adventures. See you on the other side.
There are already tons of reviews on this book, so I wont go into the narrative. Rather I will say I too thought this book was the best of the entire series. I loved getting to know more about Anomandaris, and also understanding Whiskeyjacks and Dujeks friendship a little better. I think Toc the Younger finally got some well deserved story time, and I loved the unravelling of Parans role as Master of the deck and what that entails. I think the houses and warrens, Gods and especially Kruls role was revealed in much needed detail. It was also a relief to find some closure to the clans of the T'lan imass who had opted for the ritual. All in all a fantastic read. I recommend the whole series to anyone needing a good injection of intelligent fantasy. This book will demand some solid thinking and time of you, but it will pay it back 10fold.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2018
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I thought I’d sated my thirst for fantasy fiction when I was a youth (other than modern day Tolkien films obviously!) but this adult theme to the genre is very likeable. Clearly a very long time spent by the author creating his fantasy realm, which is admirable, but I do find the descriptors tediously long - I want to get stuck into reading what my favourite characters are doing!
I loved Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates but this, the 3rd in the Malazan series, is an improvement on both. The different races and places are all making more sense and falling in to place as you get to this point in the books and you can really enjoy the ride. Great characters (many favourites returning from book 1), fantastic descriptions and just great storytelling. The 2nd book was great but somewhat downbeat for large sections with some of the more depressing introspective viewpoints, that is less of an issue in this one. Action scenes are brilliantly done and for a long book the pace and plot is kept fast and interesting throughout. As with the first book there is a few funny moments too. Highly recommended as one of the greats for Epic Fantasy fans!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 11, 2015
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The best in the series that I've read so far (I'm up to book 8) and one of the best books I've ever read. Great characters with some of my favourites retuning from the first book (Rake, Whiskeyjack and Quick) as well as new ones (Gruntle) and an excellent story. The Tenescowri army was inspired and the siege of Capustan is possibly the most incredible passage of a book I've ever read.
If you're reading this then you're most likely already hooked. If not, read on, you will be. While 8 and 10 hold the crown for best in the series, with the rest not quite matching them, these still stand head and shoulders above most other works.
5.0 out of 5 starsPerfection. I would never believed how many emotions a ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2015
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Perfection. I would never believed how many emotions a book can draw from someone. I truly care for these characters and the fate of this world! More! I can't wait for the rest. EPIC does not begin to describe these book's scope.