Gardens of the moon

Mass Market Paperback, 666 pages

English language

Published Nov. 5, 2005

ISBN:
978-0-7653-4878-4
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4 stars (117 reviews)

Dark forces gather in the Malazan Empire as Empress Laseen, malevolent ruler, turns her attention to Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, and Sergeant Whiskeyjack and Tattersail recover from the siege of Pale.

31 editions

Don't give up

4 stars

Don't give up on this series. Gardens of the moon is where people usually quit. You are thrown into a world with thousands year of history in a middle of all and good luck, try to understand what is happening. Steven Erikson is expecting from you to explore on your own he wont hold your hand and explain every single thing. And believe me he will write like you should already know all that. (I have checked few times if this really is 1st book) Unfortunately that is what throws most readers. I have struggled through GoTM and almost didn't contine with second book. Thank god i did because Deadhous gates was something else, everything starts making sense (little by little) And in the end this become my favourite series. GoTM shines in reread!

The first Malazan needs the other nine.

4 stars

Like many readers, I struggled a bit with Gardens of the Moon, Steven Erikson's first tome in the Malazan series. Not that it's a bad book, it's merely a bit confusing at times. It hits you with about a hundred names and several storylines that do not touch each other very much before the last chapters.

So, does it all come together? Nearly. Does the book stand on its own to be readable as a novel in its own right? Very nearly, but not quite.

I'd recommend that you approach it the same way I did: Having heard so many positive things about the "good kind of chaos" of the Malazan series as a whole, I decided to read the first book with a view to continuing onwards to the whole series.

Am I going to continue? I suppose I must, now, in order to get the whole story.

And …

Unabstracted Magic

No rating

(Does putting zero stars count as the worst score?)

This is sort of a review (and more) of the magic in the series. I wrote it after finishing the third book (Memories of Ice) because that's when a lot of my thoughts on it crystalized, but the review is only using stuff from this book.

a-blog-with.relevant-information.com/posts/unabstracted_magic/

Review of 'Gardens of the Moon' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Read it a long time ago, but this time I listened to an audio book. It's good, but I had difficulty following some plot lines, especially initially when we reach Darujistan. Also, the ending was kinda confusing, so much happened all at once. Will have to check out some external resource to figure out what all happened.

Review of 'Gardens of the Moon' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Some of my favorite fantasy characters of all time populate this mythical place ... if you haven't read it, prepare for an ambitious endeavour in reading all 10 books. Or as the preface starts: "There is no point in beginning something without ambition."

On my first reading I rated this book 3 stars sometime after reading it in relation to the other books of the series. My second reading, while reminding me of some weaknesses (a few sluggish chapters and descriptions I tend to skip), proved to be 4.5 stars worth of fun. I am glad I decided to come back to this series.

Review of 'Gardens of the Moon' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This is the first in 10 novels, but reads like it is about novel number 6. About halfway through he finally settles on a group of characters to follow — at least, it seems that way, but he keeps introducing new characters and even new unknown baddies right up to the final chapters! I don't know who edited this book, but that person needed reinforcements. Erickson has a million ideas for world-building, and every time I was about to give up on the book, he would keep me around for some intriguing concept or set piece. However the lack of any narrative build just renders this story as overly complex and disorienting. I am not likely to pick up the second.

Review of 'Gardens of the Moon' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

What an utterly stunning fantasy novel. All the characters have such depth and complexity to them, there's no boring sense of black-and-white good guys vs bad guys, there's an enormous sense of richness to the lore and world this takes place in, and the twisting storyline with its many threads is consistently fascinating and exciting.

Review of 'Gardens of the Moon' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I think I liked this book? It was hard to tell because I didn't understand much of what was going on. I knew that Book #1 in this series was going to be a struggle, and it was.

Once a character was introduced and they continued to appear in later chapters I was able to grab on to them and get a bit of enjoyment from the story, but there is still a lot I don't know about this universe that makes it hard to follow along. I got in the habit of reading chapter summaries for chapters I just read to bring some clarity, but that always didn't guarantee understanding. I will continue with this series because it gets better, but this was a bit of a challenge.

Review of 'Gardens of the Moon' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Honestly, not as bad as I was expecting it to be. I just didn't have a whole lot of spare time to read it in a reasonably short timeframe.

As I've seen other people say, the author throws a lot of characters at you with no explanation of who they are. The glossary at the end helped somewhat after I was done reading. I suspect this is a book you'd have to read again (after reading the entire series) to really appreciate.

Definitely better than any of the Wheel of Time books, at least. Just kind of hard to follow. And I think you need to be kind of nerdy to stick with this series. It's no Game of Thrones.

Review of 'Gardens of the Moon' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

"Interesting" probably best summarizes this book. This was an incredibly dense, frustrating read, but it was interesting enough that I was compelled to stick with it. Although I still think there are some pretty major issues with this book, I'm glad I completed it.

This is not a very reader-friendly book. Erikson doesn't make much of an effort to clue the reader in on what's going on, and a lot of the story relies on reading between the lines. Every character has their own hidden agendas, and its even trickier when all their intrigues are taking place in a brick-sized "cast of thousands" style epic fantasy. At its worst, it's almost comical, with a number of scenes where unidentified characters meet with named (but completely new) characters, mumble some mysterious portents, and then leaves. After finishing each chapter I read the corresponding section on the TOR website's re-read series, that …

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