I've been wanting to write some book reviews for the Malazan Book of the Fallen, which has been my reading project lately. I'm up to the third book in the series, but tonight, I will write about the first book.
Author: Steven Erikson
Book: Gardens of the Moon, book one in the Malazan Book of the Fallen.
I picked up Gardens of the Moon out of curiosity after last year's Suvudu cage matches, where Quick Ben participated. And I must say I was positively surprised.
The book reminds me of how it was to first start reading fantasy, the feeling of being introduced to a new world, new people, and a new physics system. I found the magic system of the book to be very... I would say probable, though that might be a bit wrong. I found its workings to be logical, though, and I always enjoy a good, sound magic system.
I can't do but recommend the book.
The characters are solid, and they become dear to you. And they can manage to break your heart. Steven Erikson is not afraid to kill off his leads in order to advance the story, which gives the story a sort of credibility that is lacking in some other works of fantasy.
I feel this book is a solid introduction to a vast and intriguing world, and I hope to spend many an hour getting to know the world and its inhabitants better.