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

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After decades of warfare, the five tribes of the Tiste Edur are united under the implacable rule of the Warlock King of the Hiroth. But the price of peace is a pact with a hidden power whose motives may be deadly. To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether has devoured all lesser neighbors - except the Tiste Edur.
Paperback, 940 pages
Published April 4th 2005 by BANTAM PAPERBACKS (first published March 1st 2004)
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Jul 01, 2016 Markus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, malazan
Here, then, is the tale. Between the swish of the tides, when giants knelt down and became mountains. When they fell scattered on the land like the ballast stones of the sky, yet could not hold fast against the rising dawn. Between the swish of the tides, we will speak of one such giant. Because the tale hides with his own.

And because it amuses.

The fifth part of the Malazan Book of the Fallen is rather different from the previous four. Set on a faraway continent years before the stories of the
Dec 09, 2014 Conor rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 26, 2013 David Sven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
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
Rating? Of course, 5 stars ^^

“This tide is rising, and there are scant few who would stand before it."


“From the twisting, smoke-filled clouds, blood rained down. The last of the sky keeps, flame-wreathed and pouring black smoke, had surrendered the sky. Their ragged descent had torn furrows through the ground as they struck and broke apart with thunderous reverberations, scattering red-stained rocks among the heaps of corpses that covered the land from horizon to horizon.
The great hive citie
Jun 30, 2016 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was another fantastic instalment in the Malazan series. I think it stands alongside House of Chains and Gardens of the Moon in terms of quality and perhaps only behind Memories of Ice as my favourite in the series. Erikson's stories can sometimes get a bit to grim and bleak for my liking, but I thought this one found the perfect balance. We had betrayal, tragedy, evil characters, and pain and suffering aplenty, but we also got likeable characters, friendship and loyalty, humour, and some ki ...more
James Tivendale
Oct 16, 2016 James Tivendale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, malazan, complex
I thought it was strange that the fifth book in a series should only contain one character that had been in any of the prior four books. Loving so many of the characters prevalent in the previous books I wanted to see what they were up to. However, upon completing Midnight Tides I am still in awe with Erikson, his style, substance and the stories that are being weaved. Every title he has written in this series I struggle to comprehend how they get better than the previous books..

The plot is abou
Jul 15, 2016 Kaora rated it it was amazing
Tyrants and emperors rise and fall. Civilizations burgeon then die, but there are always casters of nets. And tillers of the soil and herders in the pastures. We are where civilization begins and when it ends, we are there to begin it again.

That was amazing.

I think Midnight Tides has become my favorite book thus far in the series.

It is centered around Trull Sengar, whom we met in House of Chains. He and his people the Tiste Edur have been united under the Warlock Kin. However, their time of peac
Scott  Hitchcock
I'm halfway through the main series! Oh shit I only have half the main series left!

It never ceases to amaze me how when I reflect upon an amazing section of the book how Erikson makes rocks, sand, dead bones, smashed pottery, detritus....... seem so utterly cool, epic, world shaping......

Nobody writes a prologue in the epic and portentous way that he does and this may be the best of the lot. Simply amazing imagery, banter and hidden message set to unfold.

I've often heard people say different bo
Sep 20, 2016 Ivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I had bit rough start.This story takes place on distant continent in past so it felt bit detached form original storyline and in the beginning I missed familiar faces and places.You get very attached after nearly 3500 pages but this book is just as good as the rest but in a different way.I didn't got attached any of the characters.There is no Anomander Rake, Whiskeyjack, (any)Paran, Quick Ben, Karsa Orlong or other larger than life heroes and anti-heroes but this book excels in different ways.Ba ...more
Nov 16, 2008 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Full Review
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.
May 14, 2015 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-sff-faves
:) :) :) This series just continues to baffle and intrigue me and blow me away. I certainly couldn't have been more surprised to find out that I enjoyed this book so much I wrot multiple super-extra-really long messages in the goodreads group I host about it, and I filled up the character limit of goodreads multiple times... Yep, this was most definitely my favourite one so far and it's a solid 5* read.

So, what did I enjoy so much about this book in comparison to the previous ones (although I ga
Mar 23, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epics, reviewed
I often joke that every Malazan book starts with a completely new cast of characters. Well, clearly Steven Erikson heard back through the mists of time and decided to up his game to the next level: there is only ONE character from the previous books in this, the FIFTH installment of the series. Let me tell you, it takes some major cajones to try and pull that off. Of course, Erkison pulls this of brilliantly, giving us a whole slew of new cultures and characters to get immersed in.

This book prim
Jul 28, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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
May 27, 2013 Evgeny rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
Stefan S. Krstic
May 30, 2016 Stefan S. Krstic rated it it was amazing
Knjiga zaslužuje 5+++
Prevod? - 300.

Uzeo sam prevod "Plime Ponoći" da čitam čisto kako bih procenio učinjenu štetu.
Velika je. I u mom slučaju nenadoknadiva.

Recimo da mi je i drago što se gdin Kuprešanin ne snalazi u prevodu ove knjige ni posle 5000 (pet hiljada) prevedenih stranica, pa mi neće ni biti žao ukoliko Laguna ipak odluči da odustane od ovog serijala.

Sa ovom Malaškom Knjigom "Palih" ne želim ništa više da imam.
Moja Malaška Knjiga Palog (jeste, Kuprešanine, jednina je) eno je kompletir
Craig Brown
Feb 13, 2012 Craig Brown rated it it was amazing
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,
Dec 07, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson is the story of the Tisti Edur and the Letherii civilization, on a continent separated from everyone else that were in books 1-4. If there was confusion before Midnight Tides, there is none now, Erikson is creating a global epic fantasy story. Where a lot of epic fantasy focuses on one particular continent, Erikson has one large world. Midnight Tides might just be my favorite Malazan Book of the Fallen book yet.

More than likely if you are reading this review, you
Oct 05, 2016 Carmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Morto una volta, morto mille volte.

Spostamento improvviso verso Letheri: altre dinamiche, altri personaggi, altri conflitti ed altre tematiche affrontate.
"Maree di mezzanotte" - quinto per ordine di pubblicazione, ma primo nella cronologia degli eventi- è l'ennesimo gioiello di Erikson, l'ulteriore conferma di un autore eccezionale ed unico nel panorama fantasy.
Lo scontro sociale ed economico di due realtà opposte (Lether ed Edur) diventa l'ambiente ideale ove sviluppare personaggi indimentica
Jul 28, 2013 Hanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tracey the Lizard Queen
So just when I thought I had a hold on all the details of the Malazan books, Erikson decides to throw another one in the mix. So more names to remember, more places to go, more history to learn. I think I got quite overwhelmed halfway through. I had to take a break, read something else. Something that doesn't require too much thinking on my part.

After I had rested my brain for about a month, I could attack it with renewed vigor. I devoured it in a week. Tehol and Bugg were a fantastic partnersh
Mar 25, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

Midnight Tides book number 5 in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson is a near masterpiece.

Forget about the other great fantasy writers like George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson pushes what epic really means. Every one of his books are massive tomes that you will wish would never end. This book is incredible. It is like a reboot of the whole series as it takes place on a new land with new characters. Without going into the plot I will say that the best parts for me were
Dec 28, 2015 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a well rounded book, action packed, memorable scenes, character story lines weaving in and out plus it had some Gods and Ascendants. But the characters is what makes this book a jewel, their relationships with each, friendship, fear, respect, family, hate...all written realistically so you feel them too. For me there was not a single boring character in this book unlike the others where i had at least one. The battles!

Its epic, its funny, its gritty, add some political intr
Duffy Pratt
Jul 24, 2013 Duffy Pratt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
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
Jul 18, 2013 Anders rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
James Chatham
HOLY SHIT. This book is definitely my favorite of the series thus far. It's paced incredibly well, Erikson's writing is at the top of its game, and the plot is interesting (I mean it's centered around an epic battle with awesome magic, of course it's fucking interesting!). Erikson creates yet another dynamic pair of characters, Tehol and Bugg - the banter between these two was hilarious and added a bit of fun to the whole dark story. Basically this book was amazing and tops most other epic fanta ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
2016 RE-READ REVIEW: So far in the series I’ve been enjoying each book more the second time around (and I thought they were all awesome the first time!) Winding the clock back a decade or more and telling a story set on an entirely different continent with new characters, gods, cultures, etc. was ballsy as hell and proves that Erikson is the Doctor Doom of epic fantasy. The increased attention to comic relief and humor in the form of the scenes with Tehol, Bugg, and Shurq Ellale is also a blessi ...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
Jun 28, 2015 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Although there are parts of previous books that I have really liked, in particular, the last half of Memories of Ice, I think this one was my favourite book as a whole in the series so far. I thought all the characters were interesting and multi-dimensional, the pacing was good, and the sorcerer's battle at the end was so well done, as was the entire finish really. I don't have anything to complain about in this one.
Oct 18, 2015 Patremagne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Son of a bitch. In true Erikson fashion, the last third of the book is insanely emotional, insanely exciting, and insanely good.
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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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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)
  • Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
  • House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
  • 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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