Gardens of the Moon – (Malazan Book Description:

Gardens of the Give me the evocation of a rich complex and yet ultimately unknowable other world with a compelling suggestion of intricate history and mythology and lore. Give me mystery amid the grand narrative. Give me a world in which every sea hides a crumbled Atlantis every ruin has a tale to tell every mattock blade is a silent legacy of struggles unknown. Give me in other words the fantasy work of Steven Erikson. Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs a weaver of ancient epics on a scale that would approach absurdity if it wasnt so much fun.–Andrew Leonard Salon.com Steven Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me: Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon. And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson: Write faster.-Stephen R. Donaldson The author is working so far beyond genre convention you need to measure the distance in light years. Wed sooner attempt to reduce the history of China to a logline than try a plot synopsis in this limited space. Enter Malazan and find a fully-realized universe complete with history mythology sociology and thaumatology. It is peopled with characters who are neither black nor white but patterned of gritty grey and shadows and wade through oceans of blood. Theres nothing safe about fantasy like this: intriguing complex thought provoking exceedingly well-written and for the intelligent reader exhilaratingly satisfying.–Paula Guran Cinemafantastique An astounding debut…has the potential to be a defining work.–SF Site Gripping fast-moving delightfully dark with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin. Steven Erikson brings a punchy mesmerizing writing style into the genre of epic fantasy making an indelible impression. Utterly engrossing.–Elizabeth Haydon The experience of reading Gardens of the Moon is akin to being plunged into a full-immersion course in a heretofore undiscovered realm. Eriksons world is richly envisioned dense and gritty rife with magic and filled with complex political and military intrigue.–Jacqueline Carey A brilliant book! Exciting inventive intelligent–frequently funny. A wonderful book to read and to rmend to others.–David Drake I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy—accomplished with none of the customary rifs on Tolkien. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. The Black Company Zelaznys Amber Vances Dying Earth and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragons hoard.–Glen Cook Complex challenging…Eriksons strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own.–J. V. Jones SFX Gardens of the Moon – (Malazan Book