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

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The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm's army and Whiskeyjack's Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old--the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, a ...more
Paperback, 1006 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Sep 02, 2014 Conor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
Mar 29, 2016 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015, malazan
"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
Jun 27, 2015 Kaora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
David Sven
May 03, 2013 David Sven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
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
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
Apr 30, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it's actually this book where I'm finally getting into the swing of things better, but perhaps that's just familiarity with the endless procession of characters. It helped when I finally broke down and got the help of a wiki. :)

On the other hand, I sure as hell never needed help loving Kruppe even from the first book and that sure as hell hasn't changed by the third. What a personality!

And of course there's a lot to love about Brood and Rake, both in story, history, and personal quirks,
May 16, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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....
Mar 28, 2015 Celise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Celise by: Nelson
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
Jun 23, 2015 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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,
Mar 15, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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
Tracey the Lizard Queen
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
Aug 27, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epics, reviewed
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
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
June 13, 2016--Update--I just finished reading this novel again, and it was even better than I remembered. I think it also helped that I had read the entire series before, as I was able to pick up on many of the subtleties and better recognize and understand the hints and foreshadowing that Erikson sprinkles throughout the plot. MoI is truly one of the most important volumes in the whole 10-book series!


Memories of Ice is the third installment in Steven Erikson's brilliant fantasy series, "The
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
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.

Full Review
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
May 23, 2016 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
2016 REVIEW: This is still one of the most goddamn epic, awesome books I’ve ever read. It’s hardly perfect but the sheer scale, intensity and purity of vision is undeniable. More later.

2012 REVIEW:Where to begin. This was a really gnarly book. Stuffed full of characters, plot, worldbuilding, action, intrigue and philosophical ruminations on things like human nature, war, the passage of time, etc. The first thing that strikes me is how much potential for ham-handedness there is with a series like
Jay  The Crippled God
All time favorites, series and book! My God Author.
This book left me a void-filled vessel, drained off emotions and tears.
Best set up and wrapping up techniques ever!!!!!!!! the review is coming up in the upcoming days.

I promised my self to start writing more literary-oriented, Spoiler-free reviews even with my favorite book (which is supposed to be biased from my part,) but then again, here it goes:_

As I promised my self, this book will get 4.8/5 (harsh rat
Duffy Pratt
May 07, 2013 Duffy Pratt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
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
Jul 01, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 30, 2013 Hanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”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
Aug 22, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
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
Apr 05, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For me, this has been the best book of the series to this point. I really liked the first and grew into the second, but this is the first one that had me from the first page and held me all the way through to the end.

I think a lot of that has to do with us being back with most of the original characters I grew to love in the first book namely: Whiskeyjack, Quick Ben, Paran and the Bridgeburners. That group has made this series for me up to this point.

Not big on delving into the plot in reviews
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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.”
“We humans do not understand compassion. In each moment of our lives, we betray it. Aye, we know of its worth, yet in knowing we then attach to it a value, we guard the giving of it, believing it must be earned, T’lan Imass. Compassion is priceless in the truest sense of the wold. It must be given freely. In abundance.” 97 likes
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