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Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #5)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  13,416 ratings  ·  419 reviews
After decades of internecine warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the Warlock King of the Hiroth, There is peace--but it 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 Lether, eager to fulfill its long-prophesized renaissance a
Mass Market Paperback, 960 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2004)
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4.5 Stars.

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
David Sven
New Continent, new characters, and again a completely new and superior experience on the reread.

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
Executive Summary: I'm surprised to be giving this book 4 stars. It started as a 2 for me. My enjoyment slowly built as the book when on, and in the end I enjoyed it overall.

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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. H
okay so i finished it. it took me forever, and it was exhausting, but when i was able to get on a streak of reading, i enjoyed it. its not poorly written, i just have so much difficulty with genre fiction where everything has an unfamiliar name and theres so much dense backstory which, reading midseries, i wasnt privvy to. (fonso said i didnt need to have read any earlier ones, but a customer told me i had been done "a disservice" reading it that way) but thats his reputation - steven erikson - ...more
Second time round the only thing that changed from my first read was that I enjoyed it even more! This is still my favourite of the series so far, yet I cannot wait for Bonehunters to start.

Original review below.

Story: 5/5
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 ‘
This is my favourite book of the series (so far), but it’s not an easy task to explain why. After the first chapters, I would never have thought I was going to like it so much: no Bridgeburners and in the last book, I found Trull (one of the major characters here) to be a rather boring character. But somehow after the first couple of chapters, I was sold.

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
Poopoo Mcbumface
I didn't like this book.

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,
Midnight Tides is the fifth volume of Canadian author Steven Erikson's epic fantasy series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Although it is part of the larger series, it has only limited references to the previous books.

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
Duffy Pratt
4/28/11 I might write more on this later. This easily could have been the first book of the series, or a standalone novel. It is easily the most coherent narrative of the books so far. But at the same time, for me, it didn't have the tragic scope of either Deadhouse Gates or Memories of Ice. And there is no character in this book who can compare to Karsa Orlong in Chain of Dogs. Even so, I came out of the book feeling satisfied, both with how the book worked on its own, and how it fits into the ...more
Midnight Tides is the first Malazan book I really didn't like (not including Gardens of the Moon which had such a steep learning curve for me that I don't really count it). I had issues connecting with the characters and I felt like I was once again thrown into the deep end.

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
Unlike any of the Malazan novels so far, this one took place outside the Malazan Empire. There was a new cast of characters, a new setting. I didn't think I would like it after reading the first couple hundred pages. It was dull and almost every character was moody, but after pushing forth a little more, I found that I was reeled in. I like the freshness of the Letherii and the Edur, and the way they resembled modern day countries. I was able to connect with the characters and understand some of ...more
Problems with the book:

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
It occurs to me that this series is a lot like Lost, minus the stupid soap opera melodrama (mostly) and with the ridiculousness ratcheted up to 11. A sensible narrative? Who needs it? Meaningful character studies? Not really, although Erikson does nod in that direction from time to time. No, what we have here is an ever-escalating series of mysterious and epic, epic, epic mythological backstories and historical events that are mostly only vaguely hinted at (or explosively overturned by some sort ...more
All you guys who thought you were starting to get the hang of the Malazan series are in for a punch. Erikson starts out from scratch here. Mid series, Erikson builds up a new world, new civilizations, completely new characters, magic systems everything and he does this without breaking a sweat. There were some truly fascinating and humorous characters this time around. Take Tehol and Bugg for example. I would go as far to say that they were the best characters in the Malazan world up to now. The ...more
This was the least satisfying of the Malazan books when I first read it 3 years ago. Upon this third read, I like it somewhat better. I still think the slapstick-level of humor got a bit out of hand with the Ublala and Harlest subplots, but I enjoyed the Tehol/Bugg interactions more this time.

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.
Feb 03, 2013 Nate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
This was another really excellent entry in this series. It's a testament to Erikson's talent and imagination that he can introduce a whole continent of settings, characters, events in a different period of time from the rest of the series and have it fit so well into the bigger picture. This book concerns the interactions between the Tiste Edur and human Letherii during the time of the Seventh Closure, a prophesied time of renaissance for the Letherii Empire.

I have to admit I was a little wary o
Okay I really loved this one. It has a different feel about it to the others so far. More political intrigue, less of the characteristic journey of two characters. More of a building to...I was going to say finale but each of the books have built to a finale. The build is slower, more determined.

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
Five down, five to go. And yet another five star rating. A hard fought one this time. When I started this one and slowly realized that it would be different than the four before I was disappointed. No Bridgeburners. No Cotillion. No Anomander Rake or Caladan Brood. No Karsa Orlong. I don't need to continue, you get the idea. New world, new characters, almost a complete new start. I was hesitant. I wanted to love it but it was first. My mind kept playing back to the previous storylines ...more
I'm trying to think of another book that had me laughing out loud again and again, while inbetween hovering between suspense and sorrow at the slow, inexorable unfolding of personal and world-wide tragedy... and I can't.

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
Carl Black
Real rating 3.5/5

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
The Crimson Fucker
Jul 07, 2013 The Crimson Fucker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to people who want to get over their fear of necrophilia
Recommended to The Crimson Fucker by: Mr. Creg
Ok thank you Seth for remind me that I need to post a review on this one and also make a shelve for it…

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
The first thought that came to my head when I began reading this book was, Why am I reading this? The story is set in a time before Gardens of the Moon and you get a detailed (I mean detailed) account of the Tiste Edur. Except for one or two characters and of course the guest star (Read the crippled god. He appears for about 5 pages in every book) all the rest were new characters. I kept wondering what the point of reading this book was. A chapter in the previous book would have sufficed to expl ...more
Renny Abraham
The story in Midnight Tides involves the conflict between the Tiste Edur and the Letheri Empire. It predates the previous book and we get a sort of backstory to Trull Sengar. The characters in this book are engaging enough to keep you interested. The contrasting societies of the Edur and Lether and well-detailed and quite contrasting. Characters like Bugg and Tehol are simply hilarious and were stand-out characters for me. The Crippled God is up to no good in this book as well as he deviously tr ...more
Dec 17, 2009 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Malazan/Erikson fans
Shelves: malazan-books
I had to think about this. If it were not for Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, and Memories of Ice, this would definitely be my favorite in the series. And that's not to be a smart-ass; those three books were seriously that good. Enough to stay ahead of a 5-star book that I really enjoyed.

The thing that struck me the most with this book was the fact that it was mostly linear. That is to say, it had a beginning with its prologue that happens alotathousand years ago. It has a middle, with ris
This is the fifth book of the Malazan Empire series and like most series you run into a fatigue point at some point during a long run in long form story in one universe. I thought this book was that point for the Malazan series. Boy was I wrong! This book reinvigorates the series by branching off in to a new area not yet explorered by the author Steve Eriksons. He uses the same formula of an invading army and its progress across a continent to be the frame work for the main characters actions bu ...more
OK. I admit it, I had the lowest expectations I’ve had yet going into this series. Why? Because it was YET ANOTHER entirely new cast. OK, that’s not quite true – this is the backstory, or some of it at least, for a character introduced last book. Sort of like how House of Chains had that 200 page backstory for Karsa, who was first introduced 2 books before that. Except 5 times as long, and much more interesting.

The book did start very slow. Like books 1 & 4. However, it picked up with more o
Тази книга е малко странна смесица от типичния Ериксън, с неговите многослойни метафори, в едно с един нов ала-Удхаус шегаджия. Някак твърде контрастни ми се сториха темите за неизбежност и предателство представени от герои като Бъг, Техол, не-мъртва нимфоманка, инфантилни демони, разсеяни магьосници ... всичко измежду случките в лагера на "тягостните" Едур.

Друга "on-going" тревога, която не мога да изоставя все още е липсата на каквато и да е наредба в мощта на героите. Не мога да задълбавам в
This book is pretty much a stand-alone from the previous four but I'm sure some characters will show up again. Two kingdoms are building up to a clash and the story flips back and forth between a set of brothers in each kingdom. This book wasn't nearly as complex as the earlier ones and would actually be a good starter book for someone who's interested in the series but intimidated by the complexity. As usual, the climax is a page-turner with gods, ascendants, undead and shapeshifters clashing a ...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
The more I think about it, the more this book becomes one of my favorites in the series. Tehol and Bug are by far the funniest characters ever created. On multiple occasions I was this close (look at my fingers) to reading a passage of their dialogue to my wife, but decided against it. Not to mention the exploits of Brys Beddict. Oh crap, there's a reason why he's the First Sword. That's what I really like about this series. When people are good at something, they are GOOD, I mean really good an ...more
Charn Singh
Midnight Tides has comparatively more tightly controlled plot than previous Malazan books. Not that there is any loss of general "larger planet" sentiment in the background, but story lines were lesser distributed. Gods acting deus ex machina or otherwise were also limited and well controlled in their roles.

What strikes me most is that for the first time in the series, characters seemed to have been fleshed out nicely. Erikson clearly wanted his readers to woo for Bridgeburners, Rake, Brood, Pr
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Steven Erikson is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. His best-known work is the on-going series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.
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