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on 15 December 2012
I re-read all the books in the saga. Reading them after knowing the end and one by one makes them better, as the whole story is much less confusing than during first go. I think this is the first tome that fun kicks in.
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on 24 February 2013
Great book,so hard to put down. As I got to the end I went to sleep at 1.30 awake again by 4.30, couldn't sleep till I finished it. How could the author do that to Whiskey Jack ??. As with any good book I am now feeling withdrawal symptoms .
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The structure of the Malazan Book of the Fallen is a bit odd, though nicely original: Book 2 (Deadhouse Gates) follows Book 1 (Gardens of the Moon) but features largely different characters in a different situation. Book 3 (this one) is a direct sequel to Book 1, but takes place simultaneously alongside Book 2 and the ending sets up some events in Book 4 (House of Chains). Got all that straight? Good. Memories of Ice picks up from the end of Gardens of the Moon. The Malazan Empire has failed to capture the city of Darujhistant on the continent of Genabackis due to the defection of the Malazan 2nd Army. The 2nd Army has now joined forces with its former enemies, the Tiste Andii of Moon's Spawn and the mercenary army under the Warlord Caladan Brood, to take on the Pannion Domin, a horrific force for evil which has conquered the south of Genabackis and is now about to lay siege to the city of Capustan. Memories of Ice is, like its predecessors, complex and dense, following dozens of characters across several major plot strands. The undead T'lan Imass warrior Tool (one of the best fantasy characters of recent years) and the unlucky Malazan soldier Toc are reunited in a plotline which is often humourous before becoming tragic and, by the end, bittersweet. In another plot strand, a whole host of fascinating new characters help defend Capustan from the bloodiest siege ever described in a fantasy novel, whilst heroes from the first book are forced to work alongside their former enemies (and discovering, by and large, that they all get on well). Erikson's writing, previously excellent but occasionally disjointed, reaches a new level of maturity here as he deepens the characterisation and detail given to each cast member. The hectic, can't-pause-for-breath nature of the previous books is slightly lessened here, which is a good thing, at least until the highly charged and ultra-violent ending. Memories of Ice is the best book yet in the series, although it is by far the bloodiest (yes, even more so than Deadhouse Gates). Erikson has started tying up some of his plot threads, explaining some odd events from Book 1 and forcing you to constantly re-evaluate your opinions of characters. This time around, the characters feel more human and slightly less like chess pieces being moved around by the gods (ironic, given that the level of interference by the gods in the affairs of mortals is quite high in this book). Also the ongoing storylines that are going to carry this series through another seven books after this one are becoming more fleshed out, with rumours of events on other, distant continents setting up the next phase of the series (Book 5 will take place in a totally new land remote from the three contients visited so far). Memories of Ice is bloody, brutal and audacious. Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin both have some serious competition to deal with.
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on 10 January 2014
Erikson surpasses himself again. This is the best book so far in this extraordinary series that sets new standards for the genre. Gripping and extremely moving. I can't recommend this series highly enough.
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on 20 September 2015
Unbelievable. Makes you want to not put the book down. The rapport developed with the characters through Erikson's skill with writing is something I've never experienced before.
The last 10% of the book brought tears to my eyes. I've never before cried when reading a book, but this novel broke me. Amazing.
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on 19 August 2014
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!
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A fabulous work, loaded with gods, violence, vengence, war, intrigue and surprisingly humour. Welcome back to the waking nightmare that is the world of the Malazan Empire. Wading through layers of deceit and intrigue, we find the Malazan army trudging South ostensibly to fight the Pannion Seer, a crazed religous zealot. But (and there is always a but) beneath this lies the machinations of a crippled god, along side it lies the hopes of other gods, weaved through it is the desire for absolution of entities long dead powered by an ancient curse. Along the way we meet new characters, Lady Envy been especially good, accompanied by the supreme Seguleh warriors (much to their disgust). Remarkably Erikson holds it all together, and even through such a maelstrom of events makes you care about the central characters, from major players like Whiskeyjack, right down to the common soldiers of the Bridge Burners.
In typical Erikson style the story comes together beautifully and violently at the end. I won't give the plot away, but it left me surprised and shocked; high energy writing of the highest order. The only fault I can find is that sometimes Erikson's passages can be a tad too opaque, who said what to whom and why is not always as clear as it could be. In other words sometimes teh sign posts could be a little larger. Five stars.
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on 1 March 2015
Once again Erickson draws you in to a war torn world of hardship, fellowship and malazans! The humour weaved in to the action, suspense and slaughter make this a true epic. I've read it several times and never get bored.
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on 11 August 2014
I bought this as I read a web site that rated it as the best ever epic fantasy adventure. It is certainly the best i've ever read!! Definitely recommend!!. NB this isn't the first in the series so buy the others first before reading this one.
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on 14 June 2014
Start with the Hobbit, then read the Rings. Follow that with Eddings, Gemmell and Rothkuss. You are by that point ready for Martin's Song of Fire and Ice.

You might just be ready for The Malazan tales
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