Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon : Book One of The Malazan Book of the Fallen (Malazan Book of the Fallen)Gardens of the Moon is a series that was reccomended to me by the good folks of Quarter to Three as a great new series that had a lot of depth and did something different with the genre that is typically dry, repeating, predictable plots. Gardens of the Moon is anything but.

The book throws you into the middle of a world spanning war, between multiple factions, and a ton of characters who all have different motivations. The world itself has a ton of history that is only hinted at, and from what I’ve heard continues to open up and be fleshed out in the next few books in the series.

I’m a sucker for fleshed out worlds, with their own histories, and little details that bring them to life. That and well done protagonists that all have depth and motivations beyond killing the big bad foozle with the sword of wizbang just cause. Gardens of the Moon accomplishes what I only had thought George R.R. Martin had done so far this generation, and created a wonderful world I can’t wait to get to know better.

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