Memories of Ice
Even lacking full trust between Tiste Andii and Malazan empire is not sufficient to explain risking their own survival and the seer & crippled god winning (hide spoiler)]
The major weakness of Erikson is that all his plots "happen" so that "x can happen" -- there is no…moreTo be honest? So that people could die.
The major weakness of Erikson is that all his plots "happen" so that "x can happen" -- there is no character driven storyline, no plot driven storyline, it's a grandiose train wreck. He piles up tragedy, shock, and awe for the sake of rattling readers. So the reason is: They went ahead so they could be decimated and a bunch of characters would die.
That is always his reason for everything in these books, and then he ends up piling it on so deep, the impossible and ridiculous situations that are always 'doom doom doom' drums of the apocalypse, and he's forced to solve every damn problem by Deus Ex Machina, which I've never seen so brazenly applied as I have in Malazan, and it's why I'll never desperately love these books as I've loved other fantasy this well written. Malazan is always best in the quiet moments - the friendship of Mappo and Icarium, the vulnerability of Tattersail, the desperate yet innocent love of Crokus and Apsalar, Trull Senegar's moral outrage -- building, building, building... Those are the best parts of the series.
Don't get me wrong, I still think the books are good... it's just that Erickson goes for a home run every single time at bat... and if you do that you strike out too many times. It's ok to hit single after singles, or knock in a double here and there. Not everything needs to shake the world!(less)
Regarding the Cull of Unta according to Heboric in…moreI don't recall anyone saying she was a good empress. A competent one or an effective one perhaps.
Regarding the Cull of Unta according to Heboric in book 2, Empress Laseen used "the opportunity to round up malcontents and unaligned academics, to close the fist of military presence on the capital, drumming the need for more troops, more recruits, more protection against the treasonous scheming of the noble class. The seized assets paid for this martial expansion.
After the Cull, order was reinstated, the victims' assets were seized by the empire and the surviving victims were deported as slaves.'
So while it was a horrific act it was also an effective one. A few hundred killed for the benefit of the whole empire.(less)
Omg! My husband has arrived!
The Tiste Andii had gathered into a silent ring around the central clearing, awaiting the arrival of their master....more
The black, silver-maned dragon emerged from the darkness overhead like a piece of night torn loose, flowing down to settle with a soft crunch of talons in the plain's stony soil. The huge, terrible beast blurred even as it landed, with a warm flow of spice-laden air swirling out to all sides as the sembling drew the dragon's shape inward.
I’ve stated that it’s mandatory to read at least two books of the series in order to truly find out whether you’ll love this series or not. I retract that statement and change it to three books instead. Trust me, if you don’t love Memories of Ice, you might as well drop the series now. And that would be okay because no series can work for everyone. Honestly speaking, I had a bit of ...more
Second time around even better than the first!!! What was I thinking! This deserves to be rounded up to 5 stars!!! But the pain.... Just as painful and potent as the first time!
*** 4.35 ***
A buddy read with my family and friends at BB&B! Because we love Fantasy and are a bit of masochists too...
"..."And the fact remained, whatever games the gods played, it was hard-working dirt-poor bastards like him who suffered for it.”..."
Epic Fantasy of this sco/>*** ...more
This in-world quote succinctly explained why Memories of Ice is one of my favourite volumes of my favourite grimdark epic fantasy series. It is the reason why I even read grimdark in the first place, given that I am so easily assailed by emotions that one wonders why I willingly put myself through such heartbreak. So bear with me throughout this series when I keep waxing lyrical about how humanity manifests its most awe-inspiring qualities in the face of rel ...more
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 traged ...more
When it comes to traditional fantasy, for me, Tolkien is unparalleled and nothing comes close to The Lord of the Rings. Middle Earth is an unique world, with rich history and various races, cultures and mysteries. And when it comes to modern fantasy, or to be more precise, modern epic/high fantasy, Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen sits on an uncontested throne with Memories of Ice as its crown.
Memories of Ice is the third installmen/>Memories ...more
After a couple of weeks and about 900 pages in this book, I’m exhausted and depressed a bit. Hah, I’m not sure what I can write more about this ...more
Chapter 25: The shadow of Black Coral over the Itkovian’s gift. When vengeance is not enough. Never enough.
Chapter 24: Impossible! No… No way! Cannot be… Not him biting the ice…
Chapter 23: Mott Irregulars. Let’s cheer for all the Marshals. And the Bole brothers. And please, can we meet the Bole sister?
Chapter 22: Lost memories. The power of what once we were. Of what could have been. Beware of walking on thin ice.
Chapter 21: Itkovian is/>Chapter/>Chapter ...more
Finally stuff is making more and more sense to me. But there is so much that happens in this book that it is really hard to sum it up in a review.
However this is what I’ve now learned from Steven Erickson in this series:
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/>Memories ...more
“The harder the world, the fiercer the honour.”
The Bridgeburners - Sorry, Hedge, Detoran, Fiddler, Quick Ben, WhiskeyJack, Mallet, Antsy, Kalam
This will be more of a my feelies about stuff and fangirly essay than a review. There's your warning!
Memories of Ice was literally the longest read of my life. I've never taken more than 2 weeks to finish a book, be it good or dull as watching two turtles go at it. But, due to the curse upon my malazan reading experience, I know this is Erikson's doing, he unleashed stick wizaKalamThis ...more
In Memories of Ice we are returned back to the continent of Genabackis. Erikson's decision to flip back and forth between books wasn't apparent to me at first, but I was happy to be back with some familiar characters from GotM. After reading the prologue I knew this was going to be something different than the first two bo ...more
One of my friends on GR who has read this books said, Memories of Ice (MoI) makes Deadhouse Gates(DG) looks like Gardens of the moon(GoTM) and I could not agree more. The predeccessors of this book were great but this surpassed all my expectations. The plot is Aamazing, lots of revelations, answers to questions from the first two books, we finally get to know about the origin of Dragnipur, the elder gods, what made the ...more
If Gardens of the Moon (however ambitious) was a sloppy introduction with narrative obstructions that prevented shiny and glossy entry into the series, then duo of Deadhouse Gates with its emotional wrestling and Memories of Ice with its flawless execution, were determined in their goal to win you over for eternity.
In my opinion, this is Erikson’s best book. And the words I would use to describe it are: perfectly balanced.
Sufficiently developed newly introduced characters, engulfed with spry sense of humor - someth ...more
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 Memori ...more
I think after the first read I was so shell shocked I really didn't know what to write. Even on reread this book just takes it out of you. The amount of empathy written into the characters and the scenes. SE builds it up so well that a simple summary sentence such as "He was my friend" leaves you gut punched.
The first time around if forced to choose I would have said DHG was a nano increment better than MOI. I have to go the other way upon reread. MOI is by far the superior story. I thi ...more
This is such an epic story, I figured a typical review couldn't do it justice, so I asked for some help from the characters who always know best.
Harllo: "I won the best friend award for this story. My only regret is that I had but one life to give in defense of those I love. (But, then again, Gruntle becomes a cat, I'm not over fond of cats...)"
Itkovian: "I signed up for the role of Shield An ...more
This third book of the series takes us back to the continent on Genabackis where we are reunited with the Bridgeburners as we pick ...more
I'll say what little I can of the story. Firstly, this is so seriously jam packed with info and reveals from the first book that I found myself having to scan GotM quite frequently. This book i ...more
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, histor ...more
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, ...more
I scroll through the reviews of my friends and see that I'm absolutely in the minority (read: I think I'm the only one of my GR friends), but I just don't know what else to say.
It did not captivate me. It did not make me emotional. And I could not connec ...more
My horse, sir, my soldiers...
A big bad guy (and I do mean - BAD) is entering into the game - The Chained God. The threat of this is so big - some of the Elder Gods are coming back just to stop it. It turns out - Quick Ben does not like the bad guy either and is determined to stop him.
The first move of The Chained God is to rouse some fanatics on the south of continent a ...more
-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 woul ...more
"We are all pushed into a world of madness, yet it must now fall to each of us to pull back from this Abyss, to drag ourselves free of the descending spiral. From horror, grief must be fashioned and from grief, compassion"
To start with MoI was a wild ride & probably a fairly confusing one at times. This wasn't a story stictly about a particular set of people. This was a book that had a plot with a truck load of sub plots. From the Outlawed Malazan/Brood/Rake/Pannion Seer plot, to the Grey Swords/Capustan
The third book in this (so far) stellar fantasy series brings the action and the focus back to the continent of Genabackis. There is a definite sense of familiarity here, to reward readers who have stuck with the series this far, with many of the characters we met in the first book returning here. Book one, Gardens of the Moon, mainly dealt with the conflict between the invading Malazan forces - led by Dujek One Arm’s Host and Whis ...more
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'Yes,' [said Caladan Brood.] 'You never learn.”