Malazan book of the Fallen Review tells that this is one of Steven Erikson’s modern fantasy series of book, “Malazan Book Of Fallen,” which is the breathtaking piece of work.  This epic consists of various books as mentioned below:

  1. Gardens of the Moon
  2. Deadhouse Gates
  3. Memories of Ice
  4. House of Chains
  5. Midnight Tides
  6. The Bonehunters
  7. Reaper’s Gale
  8. Toll the Hounds
  9. Dust of Dreams
  10. The Crippled God

Malazan book of the Fallen Review tells you that all of the books included in Malazan book collection deals with various themes.

Malazan Book of The Fallen Review

Gardens of the Moon

However, this review is about his very first book, Garden of the Moon that is Steven’s most fantastic book. Book-lovers like this book with the heartiest due to many reasons. However, because there are plenty of characters in the book, so, it becomes difficult for readers to remember the position of all characters; ambiguous. Garden of the Moon takes place in Genabackis, a fantasy world consisting of a large number of continents, but the Malazan Empire is the most extensive one of all. When the novel begins, the Malazan Empire is assailing Genabackis. Only two cities of Genabackis; Warrens and Darujhistan remain triumphant. It shows that the Malazan fails to subdue them. Moreover, the novel mostly brightens the part of the story that takes place at Darujhistan, where the important races dwell.

Malazan Book of The Fallen Review

Malazan book of the Fallen collection’s Gardens of the Moon review reveals that after the defeat of Pale, Sergeants and his followers try to open the gates for the Malazan Empire to enter into the city of Darujhistan but invade. However, Darujhistan is an over-crowded city. Bridge-burners and Tattersail entangle in a difficult situation; however, they discover that gods themselves are involved in such a fatal scheme.

Mourning Becomes Electra

Steven Erikson has made the story as modern as the author, O’Neil, who has created a recent tragedy, “Mourning Becomes Electra.” Gardens of the Moon doesn’t deal with the ancient style of fantasy, but it gives the readers a novelty in the genre of modern fiction. Erikson’s style of writing is to choose literary words for the story.

The focus of the writer is on the art of characterization. The story develops with the development of characters as you progress to the heart of the book. However, Erikson is an expert in the art of painting the portrait of his story. Now I would like to mention two of his major characters in this book, called Captain Paran and Shadow Throne. Paran possesses heroic qualities, and he performs the role of a hero in the novel, whereas Shadow throne is a negative character that performs as a villain.  Paran lives like a soldier but meets his tragic fate. Shadow throne assassinates Paran by treachery.

The story of Gardens of Moon is creepy and awe-inspiring. The author uses animal imagery like William Shakespeare’s and Ted Hughes’s style in the novel. The use of ‘seven ancient hounds’ creates an image of horror and fear.

Malazan Book of The Fallen Review

Malazan book of the Fallen review (Gardens of the Moon review) tells that two more characters play a vital role in the development of the story; Sergeant Whiskevjack and Tattersail. They are fundamental characters too, but Paran and Shadow throne are standing on the high pedestal. In Gardens of the Moon, all other characters are amusing and alluring. They all are lifelike and are not mere the pictures of an art gallery.

Erikson succeeds in portraying realistic characters like Chaucer. Neither his role is an embodiment for good nor evil. They are a mixture of good and bad; they are not free from human errors and follies. The diction of the book is a little bit complicated for non-native persons. Many of the readers consider this book the toughest one to comprehend and easily read. But in my opinion, it is easy to understand if you are fond of reading fantasy novels. I don’t deny the fact that some words and phrases in the book have been used only for native readers.

Despite these problematic phrases, the story of the book has its own charm. According to the Malazan book of the Fallen Review: the equal status of men and women for availing the opportunity is rising high even they belong to various backgrounds. Although the Malazan Empire is a different nation, no cultural destruction is secure.   And the Malazan Empire is not flawless; it also faces a host of political problems.

Facts about Malazan

The facts about the Malazan Empire are queer to digest easily. The Malazan Book of the Fallen review tells us about the needs of Malazan armies and different other parties of mortals and gods alike. Basically, the Malazan Empire is an imperialist nation that subjugates nations and civilization for several centuries. However, it has some positive aspects; for instance, men and women are equally promoted.

The Emperor of Malazan and his companions were ousted and killed. Lessen grasped the chair of authority, but the danger is lurking on Malazan. It is only because gods are not happy with the imperialistic actions of Malazan.

Malazan is an Epic of Black Fantasy

Malazan book of the Fallen Review throws light on black fantasy using strong military tones.  The story of the epic extends to 10 books consisting of eleven thousand pages and thirty-three million words. The language of the book is not so terse but can be understood easily. The art of characterization is unique and interesting. Many heroic and idealistic characters struggle for justice. This epic fantasy is worth reading for its unique style.

All series of the book deal with various themes.  Each book has its own theme, as mentioned below:

Book Themes

             Books                     Themes

  • Gardens of the Moon       Turn of luck
  • Deadhouse Gate             Futility of war and cyclical history
  • Memories of Ice               Redemption and motherhood
  • House of Chains               Burden of legacy and tracing the bloody past
  • Midnight Tides                  Clash of civilizations: greed and freedom
  • The Bonehunters              Faith and religion
  • Reaper’s Gale                  Clash of civilizations and vengeance
  • Toll the Hounds                A sense of belonging, displacement, and justice
  • Dust of Dreams                The paradox of solitude
  • The Crippled God           To be broken and to be remade


In short, it is really an outstanding book that I like the most. I hope that you’ll enjoy reading it too. Particularly if you love reading epic fantasy, this book would prove the best choice for you to read. I have also enjoyed reading multiple themes in multiple series of the book Malazan.

The plot of the novel is also stunning, as well as tricky and creepy. Erikson organizes a beautiful plot of the story. It is universally admitted that nothing is perfect and the same is portrayed within the Gardens of the Moon’s plot. In short, it is really an excellent book that I like the most. I hope that you’ll enjoy reading it too.

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