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Gardens of the Moon

The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
Sprecher: Ralph Lister
Serie: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Titel 1
Spieldauer: 26 Std. und 3 Min.
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Vast legions of gods, mages, humans, dragons and all manner of creatures play out the fate of the Malazan Empire in this first book in a major epic fantasy series

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, 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 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. 

However, 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....

Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order - an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice.

©1999 Steven Erikson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Kritikerstimmen

"Erikson is an extraordinary writer. My advice to anyone who might listen to me is, Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon. And my entirely selfish advice to Steven Erikson is, write faster." --Stephen R. Donaldson 

"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. 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, Zelazny's Amber, Vance's Dying Earth, and other mighty drumbeats are but foreshadowings of this dark dragon's hoard." --Glen Cook

"A world that is both absorbing on a human level and full of magical sublimity...a wonderfully grand conception...splendidly written...fiendishly readable." --Adam Roberts

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Poorly introduced world made worse as audiobook

This book is infamous for its writing style, introducing a large seemingly deep and complex world and dusins of characters, without actually introducing (as in describe or put into context) any of them. As a result it is impossible to know what anyone or anything is without extensive crossreferencing. This is unfortunately hard to do with an audiobook.

I managed to get some good moments out of the audiobook after using online wiki's to look up what things was and what was going on, without that, this would have been a one-star.

  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Fantasy

Same league as books like Throne of Games, Kingkiller Chronicles or The Way of Kings.

What I like most about this book (and the series?) is that Erikson does not just tell a medieval story with some of the sterotype magic and mystery here and there. Erikson uses the whole band width of magic, i.e. shamans, sorcerers, seers, gods, all kinds of creatures of shadow and light, even gods interfering with world of humans and the other way arround.

If you like a vast and highly complex story with lots of players intertwined, never really knowing the full intentions of all of them, I am sure you like this book as I do.

For sure one of the very best books I read/listened to. I hope www.audible.de soon gets the next books of this series for download.

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  • 04.07.2018

Unable to pay attention...

Nothing interesting in the first 6 h... I was really looking forward to this series. But I give it up for now.

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Gutes Buch komisch geschnitten

Das Buch ist phantastisch, die Geschichte episch, und der Sprecher erweckt sie gekonnt zum Leben. Die Einteilung in Kapitel ist aber höchst irritierend... etwa jede dritte Marke liegt wirklich an einem Kapitelwechsel, die anderen scheinen völlig willkürlich gesetzt zu sein -- gerne auch mal mitten im Satz. Hätte man da nicht das Ende eines Absatzes finden können? Für jemanden, der die Schlaffunktion nutzt, ein echtes Ärgernis; daher der Abzug in der Gesamtwertung.

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Wow<br />

Awesome Characters in a deep innovative and detailed Fantasy World.
An introduction to a 10 Volume epic Storry.
In addition the speaker is fantastic.

Worth to listen a second or third Time in a row, to understand the hints and prophecys that are given and to conclude that will come.

DONT crossread incorrect and boring summarys in the i net! you ruin yourselfe the experience.