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  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Steven Erikson
  • Narrateur(s): Ralph Lister
  • Durée: 26 h et 3 min
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  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with 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 dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thought it would be a good listen

  • Écrit par Doug Ross le 2017-10-25

Sink or swim

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-09-03

Oddly, this first book threw me right back to high school English class, where reading was more about struggling to parse and understand, and less about simply relaxing into an easy, accessible and well-loved fantasy novel.

This series was recommended by a few people in my life, and was praised and lauded as being one of their favourite series of all time. I took a stab at it a year ago, and found myself a few chapters in, and still not knowing which way was up.

Recently, I took another stab at it, having been told that the start is ‘slow,’ or something to that effect. The start isn’t slow. It’s different - atypical from most other books in general.

I had the thought out of the blue one day, as I was listening, that maybe I had accidentally purchased and was many hours into the SECOND BOOK. But no.

And that’s when it clicked. The world is built well before you get to it. You just need to patiently wait until you’ve stumbled along enough to understand. This could easily have been a book plucked from the middle of an existing series, in my opinion.

There are a few characters sprinkled here and there that act as that clueless entrypoint for the reader, who need to have things and plots and magic explained to them. But 90% of the time every character is all-in, and they start expounding and freaking out over implications and subtext that was completely opaque to me, who could barely make heads or tails of the magic system, races, military, countries, character dynamics, or subplots.

It did, in a lot of ways, come together in the end. About 3/4 or 4/5 of the way in, I was confidently sure that I knew what was happening.

Reading this still made me feel vaguely like an idiot, and I’m sure some people breezed through it quiet comfortably, but for those of you who are worried, and would prefer an easier read, maybe this isn’t for you?

But otherwise, keep treading water, because at some point you’ll figure out which way the shore is. It seems to be an interesting world so far, and I’m willing to see where it will go from here.

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