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 Lethe ...more
Midnight Tides marks the fifth book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. That’s right, this means that I’m halfway through the series now! Knowing that this is the fifth book in the series, it surprised me at first that instead of continuing the story from everything that has been built in the previous four books, the narrative started its story back to ...more
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I have tried rereading the first books to continue on for some time. Those days are over! I’m going to finish these books and if I live long enough, I’m going to go into hiding and reread them back to back so I can try to keep them in my mind and try to remember things.
This book has a whole pack of new characters but it was fine, I loved it. I mean Tehol and Bug made the book for me.
So onward I g ...more
The plot is about ...more
These are the dominant themes presiding over Midnight Tides, the excellent fifth chapter of Malazan Book of the Fallen, which opened with a Prologue dated back to the Time of the Elder Gods, providing yet another history lesson into this deeply complex world.
One would expect that progressing through the series should only get easier right? It seems though that Erikson decided to up the ante for worldbuilding by bringing the reader to a completely new far-flung contin ...more
Just as good the second time around. I sort of expected I would have forgotten a lot from this book but I didn't. My one problem was I thought I lot of events from Reaper's Gale happened in this book. I had a few details wrong, found hidden meanings I hadn't the first time around and mixed up who did things a couple of times but for the most part I had it down.
The social-economic, political and religious overtones and condemnation of each where corrupted resonated ever more this time aro ...more
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 t ...more
Chpater 25: There is only one piece of advice I can give those reading Malazan: "Make no assumptions. About anything. Ever. Stay mindful, my friend, and suspicious. suspicious, but not frightened by complexity." Clever, Mr Erikson, clever.
Chpater 24: The brothers unable to save each other. What a mess.
Chpater 23: The nudge, the pull, the push... or all of them?
Chpater 22: From now on, this is how I am going to be greeting strangers: "The tumult of your presen ...more
Beware, lot's of spoilers coming your way :)
Well, what else can I say? Another troubled and epic read for me in Malazan.
New continent, new characters, new type of magic and new gods. This book really was like a spinoff story for me and so far I had trouble putting it on the same shelf with the four books I read about Malazan, but I am sure that Mr. Erikson will blend this story into other books masterfully. I guess most of the readers enjoyed this book and I can see why, this books has really i ...more
A Buddy Read with my Fantasy Fanatics @ BB&B! Because we love ALL FANTASY!!!
I need to start with one of the best quotes from the book, which I find eternally true and very current!!!
"... “Do not seek to find hope among your leaders. They are the repositories of poison. Their interest in you extends only so far as their ability to control you. From you, they seek duty and obedience, and they will ply you with the language of stirring faith. They seek followers, and woe to those wh ...more
In Midnight Tides, Erikson has again introduced us to a new continent and cultures that continue to grow the ever expanding universe of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. There is an entire new dramatis personae save the exception of one character from House of Chains. Also, the setting of this book is befo ...more
Don't let the amount of time it took me to finish this book fool you: this is yet another amazing installment in the Malazan series. Up to this book, we've been introduced to a enormous cast of characters. And this book adds a completely new cast of characters, Trull Sengar is the only familiar face we see. Some may be turned off by this, but you quickly get used to it and everyone become ...more
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
To say I was sceptical to read this book is an understatement, I was so scared, I thought I might not like this cause I know that this will be filled with completely new characters, location, world, it was like starting a whole new series. But I was so wrong, I loved it, I must admit it was hard to get into, not as hard as GoTM ...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
I'm in awe of Steven Erikson's story telling ability. He handles a vast array of characters with a deft touch that blows my mind with how seamless and varied his characterization is.
A direct parallel to his characterization skills is his ability to weave multiple narrative threads together into a seamless (there's that word again) whole that is both logically coherent (no plot holes) and arranged for powerful emotion ...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
"There is a tide in the affairs of men and we, at the height, are ready to decline."
While I'm of an opinion that Memories of Ice is his best Malazan novel, Midnight Tides, with its criticism on materialism and slavery - which in mirroring history (and to a major degree present time) of our own society leaves a sour taste - is probably my favorite book of the series.
Before I could continue with book four, House of Chains, I had to read Midnight Tides, which is fifth in ...more
“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 c ...more
If someone told me that the fifth book in a series would have an entirely new cast of characters, veering completely away from the ones with whom readers had become accustomed over the previous four books, I’d say that it was an example of some questionable authorial judgment. Maybe that’s why I’d make a terrible aut ...more
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 ...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 completel ...more
I honestly panicked when i started reading Book 5. In my mind, i was like, will this be THE Malazan book i officialy have no love for...?Will i ever understand what in the world is going on here? The answer is yes...now i understand why book 5 was more or less a standout book for fans of this novel, you're either going to love it or hate it. I've decided there's no middle ground for Malazan books lol.
Betrayals, more betrayals than any mortal could bear -Feather Witch
So b ...more
So just as I was getting into the story of the Malazan empire with the Bridgeburners, New Assendants and New Gods in play we stop and go back thousands of years to before any of the happenings in books 1-4 and start a whole new story with only one character that we have ever seen before. I think I might be dizzy from the abrupt turn about.
This is a story of brothers or two sets of brothers so be more precise. Told mostly ...more
Midnight Tides is a study in contrasts, as we have one society (the Letherii), who are obsessed with forward progress and capitalism, pitted against a very different society (th ...more
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