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Midnight Tides

(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, 960 pages
Published April 4th 2005 by Bantam (first published March 2004)
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John Paul Feehily If anything you could read this one before Gardens of the Moon. It would explain some of the odd Tiste Edur related events in the first 4 books. It al…moreIf anything you could read this one before Gardens of the Moon. It would explain some of the odd Tiste Edur related events in the first 4 books. It also explains the magic system and warrens a little, unlike GOTM which doesn't at all.(less)
Potbrick Yes, you can start with Midnight Tides. As long as you know what a warren is, you should be fine IMO. Only problem is that MT's characters won't re-ap…moreYes, you can start with Midnight Tides. As long as you know what a warren is, you should be fine IMO. Only problem is that MT's characters won't re-appear until the sixth book in the series (The Bonehunters), and the continent of Lether only comes back in the following book, Reaper's Gale.(less)
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic fantasy fans
Shelves: favorites
After the huge disappointment I had with House of Chains, Midnight Tides brought my love for Malazan Book of the Fallen back magnificently.

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Soooo, this is my brain of rocks trying to take on the wonderful world of Malazan!

Creators on pic

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
James Tivendale
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complex, malazan, fantasy
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 about
TS Chan
Betrayal. Lies. Greed. Power.

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
Scott  Hitchcock

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
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, malazan, 2016
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 t
Mayim de Vries
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Epilogue: I was swept by the tide.*

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

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
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-grim, fantasy
*** 4.65 ***

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
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“He saw the tides in their immutable susurration, the vast swish like blood from the cold heart moon, a beat of time measured and therefore measurable. Tides one could not hope to hold back.”

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
Jul 19, 2014 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
Michael Britt
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I'll keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. I definitely won't put any big spoilers in it.

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
Deborah Obida
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Death is every mortal's shadow, his true shadow, and time is its servant, spinning that shadow slowly round, until what stretched behind one now stretches before him.

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
Sep 17, 2012 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
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the must be the third or fourth time i've read this book, but the first time i've ever taken the time to really read it. Previously, i'd approached it with little enthusiasm and more than a little petulance- why is this important? Why is it set before the first 4 books? Where are my favourite characters? Who cares about the Tiste Edur? A whole novel about Trull Sengar-are you serious? Thanks to this bad attitude, I skimmed the whole thing. I gave it 5 stars before because it's Erikson an ...more
Graeme Rodaughan
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Epic Fantasy
Another monster epic of a book in the amazing Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

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
Apr 16, 2012 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
David Sven
Apr 15, 2012 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
Stefan Bach
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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 c
Pranav Prabhu
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“There are tides beneath every tide
And the surface of water
Holds no weight.”

Midnight Tides, the fifth book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen, shifts the focus to the continent of Lether, chronicling the rising tensions and conflict between the expanding Letherii Empire and the tribes of the Tiste Edur. It is my favourite of the first five books with its more concise plot, compelling characters, themes, and great prose.

I felt the introduction to the mostly new cast and the setting was smoothl
Apr 18, 2014 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
Sep 20, 2016 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
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, buddy-read
Hundreds of millenia, crawling to this shore. The passage of ages is measured by chance. The deep roll of tides, the succession of wayward storms. This is how the world moves - .

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
Aug 14, 2011 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 completel
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

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 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
Nov 03, 2008 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. it's not poorly written, i just have so much difficulty with genre fiction where everything has an unfamiliar name and there's so much dense backstory which, reading midseries, i wasnt privy to. ('fonso said i didn't need to have read any earlier ones, but a customer told me i had been done "a disservice" reading it that way) but that's his reputation - steven erikso ...more
Chris Berko
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The last 200 hundred pages were more Shakespearean than anything Shakespeare ever wrote. I'll admit this was the hardest one so far for me to get into. All the new names and places and all that shit, it was hard. But about one-third of the way through things started clicking, and I started to get it. I started to see the links to other books and the sheer complexity of everything, while still being THOROUGHLY entertained. I mean c'mon character-wise Rhulad is as cool as they come, Bugg was great ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, reread, 2009
The more I think about it, the more this book becomes one of my favorites in the series. Tehol and Bugg are by far the funniest characters ever created. On multiple occasions I was this close (look at my fingers) to reading a passage of their dialogue to my wife, but decided against it. Not to mention the exploits of Brys Beddict. Oh crap, there's a reason why he's the First Sword. That's what I really like about this series. When people are good at something, they are GOOD, I mean really good a ...more
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant book. Easier to follow, great humour, and it was easier to click with characters. It also cleared up quite a few questions for me.
Definitely in my top 10 of this year. And I've read a lot of great books this year already.
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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 series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Other books in the series

Malazan Book of the Fallen (10 books)
  • Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
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  • Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
  • House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
  • The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #6)
  • Reaper's Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #7)
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