I was blown away by gardens of the moon, first book of malazan books of the fallen series, am currently on deadhouse gates book two, have ordered all the remaining books from amazon and play, should I buy return of the crimson guard, is it any good, please help and when should I start reading it, after finishing the other malazan books ?
yes read away.It's pretty good, although I've only read it once so far. I suggest reading it after 'the bonehunters'. As with all the malazan books it's best to read them in quick succession as some of the threads can be hard to remember if you wait to long.
Yes, Return of the Crimson Guard is an important part of the main series, slotting in after The Bonehunters and before Toll the Hounds (taking place around the same time as Reaper's Gale). The previous Esslemont book, Night of Knives, was okay but more of an 'extra' story for the hardcore Malazan fan than an essential read, though it does introduce several characters who play roles in The Bonehunters and Return of the Crimson Guard.