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Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #3)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  25,118 ratings  ·  785 reviews
The ravaged continent of Genabackis is a terrifying new empire, the Pannion Domin, that devours all. An uneasy allliance resists: Onearm's army, Whiskeyjack's Bridgeburners and former enemies - forces of Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. And the Crippled God intends revenge.
Mass Market Paperback, 920 pages
Published August 2006 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 1st 2001)
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'This one was so good it makes Deadhouse Gates look like Gardens of the Moon.'

Memories of Ice was the strongest instalment in this series so far, which is high praise indeed. It tells the sweeping tale of a clash of gods, filled with epic battles, complex schemes and brutal violence. This book can at times be dark and unforgiving, as much so as any ‘grimdark’ I’ve read. However Erikson brilliantly balances this out with heroism and courage. This contrast makes the merciless account of human trag
"We shall converge within the Pannion Domin. Us, them, and the surviving clans of the T'lan Imass. There will be, without doubt, battles aplenty. The crushing of an empire is never easy. I should know, having crushed a few in my time."

Memories of Ice aka. “how many ridiculously awesome characters can you actually shove into one single army?”

In the south of the continent of Genabackis, the Pannion Domin arises. An empire of bloodthirsty fanatics led by an insane religious Seer who threatens to en
Memories are woven tapestries hiding hard walls-tell me my friends, what hue your favored thread, and I in turn, will tell the cast of your soul.

So far this is my favorite book in the series. I struggled with a large part of Gardens of the Moon as Erikson throws readers in to the massive world he has created, and it is sink or swim. In Deadhouse Gates, there are a few familiar faces from Gardens of the Moon but the majority are new, and I found it a bit dragging in parts. However with Memories o
Kevin Xu
This is one of the most EPIC book I have ever read. Scratch that, it is the most EPIC book I have ever read. This book is the PRIME EXAMPLE of how fantasy should be WRITTEN and why I read fantasy. This is why the word, EPIC was created and invented, to describe and sum up this book in one word. The book has absolutely no fillers what so ever. Steven Erikson is the most EPIC writer I have ever read, and this is his BEST book of all time. He is CLEARLY LAPS AHEAD of George R.R. Martin in WRITING S ...more
David Sven
As with the previous two books in the Malazan Series, my reread of Memories of Ice was a very different, far superior experience than my first read. Again, the density of world building combined with the layers of mystery and foreshadowing are just mind boggling and difficult to appreciate the first time round, but are a wonder to unpack on subsequent reads.

This third book of the series takes us back to the continent on Genabackis where we are reunited with the Bridgeburners as we pick up the st
May 16, 2014 Steve rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Malazan fans
Shelves: fantasy
Although Memories of Ice is considered by many to be the best of the Malazan books, I found it to be the weakest (edit, 2014: at least when I first wrote this review back in 2005 or so and had only read up to Midnight Tides. Since then there have been much weaker installments). This is so because of the following reasons:

-The Mhybe storyline: Literally 150 pages of a character whining with nothing important happening. It is perfectly credible that given the Mhybe's situation she would be upset a
Tears in my eyes at the end of this one. Beautifully crafted, unexpected twists and turns, new vistas opening up in every direction: this is a deep story. We are finally (not a complaint) starting to get a feel for the outlines of the underlying conflict here, as well as who the main characters (past and present) are likely to be. Unlike one of the other reviewers here, my chief complaint is that, even at 1180 pages, the book is too short.

I am... impressed. Erikson is better, perhaps, than even
I damn near drowned in the endless torrents of emotion that comprised this book. I was elated, drunken and dizzy while reading. It was like I had stopped existing within myself and lived within the memories of ice. Dead House Gates and this together make for a truly majestic experience....
This was the best Malazan book so far. It was so good that it ranks alongside the best the fantasy genre has to offer. Steven Erikson did a great job of weaving his gigantic cast of characters and complex plot and subplots into a cohesive fast paced and intriguing story.

The story picked up from where we left off in Gardens of the Moon. Dujek's host have been outlawed by the Malazan Empire and are in the process of forming an alliance with their old foes, led by Caladan Brood and Anomander Rake,
Character deaths and other plot points are all marked to hide spoilers.

"The harder the world, the fiercer the honour."

The state of the world in this installment is certainly harsh, and the honour most definitely fierce. An alliance of unlikely- and all of my favourite- characters has been formed to vanquish the Pannion Domin- a new empire surviving on cannibalism and the rape of dead men to create the Children of the Dead Seed. Yes, that's exactly what I said. Erikson didn't hesitate to go
This book, this book... what to say about this book!? I'll start off with my overall thoughts of it and I'd give this a 4.5* review overall because this is a much better written and more exciting and complicated and cool story than book 1 and 2. I felt that Gardens of the Moon was a really character focused story and there were real moments of wonder but there wasn't a lot of battle whereas Deadhouse Gates had nearly all battle focus and nowhere near as much time focusing on the characters. I fe ...more
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If any series has the right to be labelled epic Malazan Book of the Fallen would be it. I don't have any wish to disparage other authors' work, but even the books I really liked pale compared to this one (and the previous one too). After you read at least two books, it becomes a fact.

On the surface: a new and horrible empire, the Pannion Domin, is born and expanding, destroying everything in its path in a monstrous way, and former enemies become allies to fight this new threat. And the crippled
This review is from my first read. I will edit below shortly my thoughts after reading a second time. Needless to say, going from four stars to five should give you enough indication as to my thoughts.

Story: 4/5
1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking

Easily my favorite in the series so far. The whole series is an epic in story telling. It is not possible to do it justice in describing it here in a book review.
The story brough
Rating, 5 hart-crushing/hart-lifting stars

Loved this book from cover to cover (despite the sight-depriving small print); it managed to touch my heart over and over ... till the very last line.

After visiting the half-continent of Seven Cities in Deadhouse Gates, with Memories of ice we are back on Genebackis with some old acquaintances from book one ... and some new ones. Well, trust Erikson to make you confused who is the enemy. Book after book we learn more and more about different nations and
Aug 27, 2008 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brian by: Chuck and Willie Siros
I just finished Memories of Ice, book three of Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen. The book returns us to the characters we know from the first book, Gardens of the Moon, but we see little of the characters we met in book two, Deadhouse Gates, beyond a few cameos.

It’s good stuff. The books are thick, as is the fashion in fantasy novels following the mad success of Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Still, don’t expect anything like Jordan’s stories here. Nor is it much like Martin’s Gam
Tracey (Queen of Blades)
Memories of Ice coincides with the events of Deadhouse Gates, we catch up with Whiskeyjack, Paran, Quick Ben and the rest of One Arm's outlawed Host. The plan is simple, meet with Caladan Brood and Anomamder Rake, make friends, and then head south to crush the so-called Pannion Seer. Yeah, not so simple.

Things go well for a while, but soon it becomes apparent that Dujek is holding out on Brood, Brood is holding out on everyone, Kallor is everything he claims he is. Also Paran set off a chain of
How does one review a book like Memories of Ice? A book with so many plot lines that are so effortlessly integrated that the book presents itself as a gordian knot of story and narrative? I could try to carefully tease out the various overlapping agendas, plots, and schemes different factions in this world have. I could try to paint a complex tableau that encompasses the many nuances of the characters that are encountered and how they grow and evolve over the course of the story. I sing the prai ...more
Executive Summary: Easily my favorite book in the series so far. Things just seem to click for me, and really enjoyed this book start to finish.

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With the third book in the series we return to Genabackis, and most of the characters from the Gardens of the Moon with some new additions (because in epic fantasy, one can't have too many characters).

I'm not sure what it about this book, maybe it's because it's my 3rd Malazan book. Maybe it's the return to the characters of Gardens of the M
TS Chan
In my review of Gardens of the Moon, I've mentioned that all the work going into reading that book has its payoff at the end. That payoff continued into Deadhouse Gates. Now I have to say that if one has to trudge through Books 1 and 2 just to get to Memories of Ice, it is definitely worth way more than the price of the hardwork.

Memories of Ice is not an easy book to read, and not because it's badly written. As a matter of fact, it's so far the most tightly written book in the series.

It is bec
Christopher H.
Memories of Ice is the third installment in Steven Erikson's brilliant fantasy series, "The Malazan Book of the Fallen" (MBotF). And now after completing my third reread of Memories of Ice I'm still convinced that this book may well be my favorite of the entire MBotF series. Memories of Ice is a big, big story, and the cliche 'epic' really doesn't do it, or even the series, justice. I think that it is in reading Memories of Ice that the reader really first begins to start seeing the full breadth ...more
Duffy Pratt
First read - 7/10/10 This was easily my favorite so far in the series. There was easily enough in this book for two shorter books, and I sometimes wonder why Erikson doesn't break up his books into shorter chunks. As it is, the books are enormous, and in the previous books, I've sometimes felt either lost or weighed down. That didn't happen here. But I guess the trend of epic fantasy has been longer books and longer series, and if that's so, then Erikson is right up there with the longest and th ...more
I was a little apprehensive starting this entry in the Malazan series. I greatly enjoyed Deadhouse Gates (my review) and I loved the setting of Seven Cities. I wasn't really looking forward to heading back to Genebackis where I was confused most of the time in Gardens of the Moon. Luckily, Memories of Ice is a much easier read.

We meet up with some old favorites in Dujek Onearm's Host and Caladan Brood's army as they join forces against the Pannion Seer. The Seer's army is made up of peasants cal
Richard-Steven Williams
I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but Memories of Ice falls far short of the bar set by Deadhouse Gates. Erikson seems to like telling everyone how much he has defied convention in the way he sets his narrative up (read the authors foreword in the recent edition of Gardens of the Moon). However, I disagree, this whole instalment feels like 600 pages of exposition spaced by a few vignettes where, quite often, very little happens.

Unlike the previous novels, the characters often seem to
”Mortals are nothing if not audacious”.
K’rul glanced at the undead champion and smiled “Their most admirable gift, Hood”

So glad to be back on Genabackis. It felt comfortable to be back in a place we know. I waited too long to write this review (silly me!) to still give a lot of depth. But the most important things will stick with me.

Like the fact it’s hard to have allies and strategy meetings if no-one is putting their cards on the table. Like the fact that the Bridgeburners are an incredible
5 Stars

Without saying much at all this has developed into one of the very best written fantasy series period...I loved this book, the characters, the plot, the twists, and the magic. I loved nearly everything about it. I had one real gripe and that is its' incredible length. The sheer amount of stuff that takes place in this story actually lessens the overall impact of the book as it is impossible to remember all that occurred. I am not a fan of massive tomes...

This book is clearly a pivotal po
Well, now... It’s hard to marshal my thoughts on this one—but what I can immediately verbalise is the fact that it would be impossible to pick a favourite part of the novel, unlike with Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates. For me, I pretty much loved every part of Memories of Ice.

I also want to mention just how tight Erikson’s writing is. I was thinking about what a tome Memories of Ice is—well over one thousand pages in my edition—and yet there is not one redundant scene, in my opinion. Not
The third book of Steve Erikson's Malazan series picks up where the first book left off. The Empress Laseen has outlawed Whiskyjack, the Bridgeburners, and Dujek Onearm after their failure to capture the jeweled city of Darujistan. The seasoned soldiers are not long out of work. On the continent of Genabackis there is word of a terrifying new threat. A deranged prophet known as the Pannion Seer is on the march with a massive army of powerful mages, undead lethal warriors and thousands of canniba ...more
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Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson is an unforgettable book that will make lasting impressions.

4/5 19/25 possible score

Plot – 4(Strong)

Characters – 4(Strong)

Setting/World Building – 5(Very Strong)

Writing Style – 3(Fine)

Heart & Mind Aspect – 3(Fine)


The third book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson picks up where Gardens of the Moon left off, with all the charac
Краят на тази част ме... обезсили. Притъпи приповдигнатото чувство, на което се носех през цялото време. И ме накара да се почудя: Къде е границата между трагедията, която ни води към трансформация, катарзис, пречистване, и трагедията, направена само за да има трагедия?

Няма да кажа повече, за да не влизам в спойлъри (а и защото съм обезсилен и притъпен). Оставям ви впечатленията си от преди края, понесени от най-приповдигащия Малазан дотук. На себе си пък оставям надеждата, че по-нататък ще разб
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Malazan Book of the Fallen (10 books)
  • Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
  • Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)
  • House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
  • Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
  • The Bonehunters (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #6)
  • Reaper's Gale (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #7)
  • Toll the Hounds (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8)
  • Dust of Dreams (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)
  • The Crippled God (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)

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“Kallor shrugged. '[...] I have walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I have commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I have spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'

'Yes,' [said Caladan Brood.] 'You never learn.”
“First in , Last out.

Motto of the bridgeburners”
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