Gardens of the Moon

Version: Unabridged
Author: Steven Erikson
Narrator: Ralph Lister
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: September 2012
# of Units: 22 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with 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 dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze. However, 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 voice. 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

Reviews (12)

Written by Tim S. on June 14th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The way Lister reads Tattersail makes me want to claw my ears off.

Written by Martin S. on February 23rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great narrator. Fantastic world-building and attention to detail in the story. Found it slightly hard-going at times due to a lack of context and too many characters. However, the complexity is a real plus, despite some periods of not knowing exactly what's happening. Looking forward to reading more.

Written by Robert B. on September 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The narrator is one of the best I have heard. I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the 2nd one....

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Written by Mark K on March 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Steven Erickson is the best I have ever read

Written by Roy s on January 11th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved it what an awesome read. but now I need to buy 9 more books

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Written by Tim B on January 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a PHENOMENAL book!! The narrator did a great job making me believe it was different characters and the book itself kept me wondering what was going to happen next! I look forward to reading/listening to this series, as I WILL finish it! Great job Mr. Erikson and the narrator!

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Written by james boles on March 27th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I can see how someone might enjoy this. The pacing is unbearable. The pacing is killing me. The narrator is good, but his accent and inflection alongside the recording sounds make this something I can\'t finish. I wish I could get a refund.

Written by Mara Gefreiter on December 2nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book immensely! And I also really enjoyed the narating! Well done!

Written by Chuck Walters on July 23rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very detailed. Close attention required. Well written. Well spoken.

Written by Jeremy Sylar on April 9th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Worth the time and patience. Slow to start but the wait was well worth the build-up. I'm more than just interested in this series and (due partially to the wonderful voice of the reader) will finish.

Author Details

Author Details

Erikson, Steven

Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including "The Crippled God", "Dust of Dreams", "Toll the Hounds" and "Reaper s Gale", have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, "Gardens of the Moon", was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, "Deadhouse Gates", was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.