Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #5)
The fifth awesome tale in Erikson's epic Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy sequence
After decades of warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the rule of the Warlock King. But peace has been exacted at a terrible price - a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst deadly.
To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Le
New setting. New characters. New conflict. Still awesome.
After spending 4 massive books developing one of the deepest and most immersive settings in fantasy, establishing one of the largest and most diverse casts of characters and setting up machinations of incredible complexity and scope…Erikson starts all over again. For all that I missed the character and settings I’ve come to love in this series their replacements in this book were great and while I found the start to be a bit slo ...more
This book tells among other things Trull Sengar’s back story. We also learn about the continent of Lether and some of the history of the two superpowers on the continent namely, the Tiste Edur, and the Letherii. We also get a close up view of the forerunner magic system to the warrens – The Tiles and the Holds.
I remember the first time I read this being put out because none of my favourite characters ...more
So I gave this book 4 stars, which means I liked it, but I'm going to start off with a bit of a rant about this series that has been festering for the last 6 weeks or so as I've read this book.
Steven Erikson writes some of the WORST beginnings to books I have ever read. And it's not because he can't write them. ...more
So, what did I enjoy so much about this book in comparison to the previous ones (although I ga ...more
Original review below.
1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking
I must admit to starting this book with some reservation. I had just finished House of Chains and rated it 5 stars. You can read my review on that here I was completely ...more
This book prim ...more
First of all, it strikes me that this book has been easier to read than the previous ones. There are only two camps: it’s the Edur versus the L ...more
I'm genuinely not sure what it was. I disliked HoC - still found it middling on re-read - and that likely coloured my opinion. The hideous cover art, depicting three zombie orcs or something clawing their way out of a purple ocean for no adequately explained reason, probably did not help. The fact that the plot takes us back a few years to before Gardens of the Moon and catapults us to the other side of the world sealed the deal. I found the characters grey and boring, ...more
Everybody is a philosopher, every single person with POV. The usual structure of the book is the following: 5 pager worth of philosophical inner thoughts of a character following by 1 page of some action; I do not mean kick-the-crap-out-of-everybody action, just the acts of doing something, like mending a net. By my estimate, the book can be shortened by at least 2/3 by cutting on inner thoughts of secondary characters.
No matter what the author says, this is not a part of ...more
The background plot to the book is the conflict between the Letherii and the Tiste Edur, on a continent not yet visited in the series until Midnight Tides. The development of the plot is fairly slow and predictable, and the book finishes where it was obviously heading as early as ...more
Midnight Tides could serve as the first book in the series. There's only one returning character from the previous four books, Trull Sengar, who is fairly new himself. Steven Erikson throws the reader onto an entirely new co ...more
I really enjoyed all of the chapters in the capital, Lethera. I always looked forward to these chapters. I think that I really enjoy fantasy that has political intrigues. Shurq, Brys, Kettle were interesting c ...more
And I appreciated Trull Sengar's story more this time around, too, especially his interactions with Seren Pedac. Trull vies with Duiker and Tattersail as my favorites characters.
I have to admit I was a little wary o ...more
I can't decide which of the men I'm in-love with the most. Trull, a deep thinker, modest, awesome with a spear, and reliable when protection is needed. Or maybe Brys, straight forward, brilliant with a s ...more
Interestingly, I have had experiences like this in the theater on several occasions, most often when watching Tom Stoppard plays. We recently saw Kenneth Branagh leading a stellar cast in Stoppard's new translation of Chekov's "Ivanov" during which at various times I found myself ...more
I don't trust my reviewing skills so more of a ramble than a review.
I do like this book now I've finished it but it was a struggle to get through in the beginning. So that's why I have rounded the score down a little.
This book was like starting the whole Malazan series again, there was only one character from a previous book and Trull isn't really in House of Chains enough to really get to know him. The "warren" magic system we've gotten used too is only used a couple of times a ...more
Here my review: everybody that knows me is aware of the fact that I’m terrified of paraphilia in books… why? You ask… well I dream most of what I read… (by the way I hate Cormac McCarthy for making me have one of the most fuck up nightmares I ever had…) that being said I think this book cured my fear of necrophilia!!!!! Hooray for sexy undead comic relief characters!!!!!
I tried to read i ...more
خوندنش خیلی خوب بود. مخصوصا بعد از یه سری یانگ ادالت و رمانس و غیره، یه اپیک فانتزی بسیار لذت بخش بود.
من نمی تونم، من اصلا جرئت ندارم در مورد نثر و کار اریکسون نظر بدم. می ترسم اصلا :دی بدونین فقط که فوق العاده بود.
داستانش فقط... مخصوصا توی نصفه ی دومی هر چیزی که من نمی خواستم اتفاق بیوفته اتفاق میوفتاد. :( :|یه سری از شخصیت ها بودن که دیگه واقعا فقط دلم می خواست بمیرن :| در این حد حرص در آر =))
دیگه همین. بنده قدرت نقد این مجموعه و نویسنده ش رو ندارم. اصلا نمی تونم در مور ...more
|The Not a Book Cl...: * MT: Book Two – Prows of the Day||3||11||Jul 01, 2015 08:10AM|
|Beyond Reality: 6/21--Midnight Tides: Prologue and Book 1 (Chap. 1-5)||12||5||Jun 30, 2015 04:55PM|
|Beyond Reality: MIDNIGHT TIDES: Finished Reading (*SPOILERS*)||3||5||Jun 30, 2015 12:54PM|
|Beyond Reality: 7/19--Midnight Tides: the rest of Book 4 (Chap. 22-25) & Epilogue||3||4||Jun 30, 2015 12:51PM|
|Beyond Reality: 7/12--Midnight Tides: Chap. 17-19 of Book 3 & Chap. 20-21 of Book 4||6||4||Jun 29, 2015 08:29PM|
|The Not a Book Cl...: * MT: Book One – Frozen Blood||9||15||Jun 29, 2015 07:04AM|
|Beyond Reality: 6/28--Midnight Tides: Book 2 (Chap. 6-11)||5||3||Jun 27, 2015 12:35PM|