Memories of Ice

Memories of Ice

A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen

Book - 2001
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A triumph of storytelling and the latest thrilling chapter in Steven Erikson’s magnificent fantasy.

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. A boiling tale of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all who fail to heed the Word of its elusive prophet. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Dujek Onearm’s Host and Whiskeyjack’s veteran Bridgeburners – each now outlawed by the Empress – alongside the enemies of old, including the grim forces of warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness, and his Tiste Andii, and the Rhivi people of the Plains. Outnumbered by the Seer’s army of zealots and struggling to put aside their differences, it is vital they get word to potential allies, including an unknown mercenary brotherhood, the Grey Swords, who have been contracted to defend the city of Capustan against these fanatic hordes.

But more ancient clans too are gathering. In answer to some primal summons, the massed ranks of the undead T’Ian Imass have risen. For it would appear something altogether darker and even more malign threatens the very substance of this world. The Warrens are poisoned, and rumours abound of the Crippled God, now unchained and intent on a terrible revenge.

Publisher: London : Bantam, c2001
ISBN: 9780593046241
0593046242
9780765310033
0765310031
9780765314321
0765314320
Characteristics: xiii, 898 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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Myst_1983
Feb 26, 2018

A great book, lots and I mean LOTS of meat to it. It helps to have read at least "Gardens of the Moon" (I skipped the second book, "Deadhouse Gates," as it follows different characters introduced in "Gardens.")

My friend recommended this fantasy series to me. It's in the same vein as Game of Thrones in that it's gritty, more realistic fantasy, and it takes place in an immediately post war setting. I personally prefer Erikson's more neutral writing tone compared to Martin's. The setting is incredibly detailed, and the timeline is long, so not all the books in the series (13 of them, not including prequels and off-shoots) follow each other seamlessly.

It's hard to describe the world and books as anything but an epic, and I've only read the two books so far, and part of another. It's grim dark at times, gritty, there are mature themes but they aren't played up or sensationalized. There are so many characters (I referred to the list in the back of the book a few times) but they all have roles to play, even if they are small. The character that picks up a stone from the ground will somehow be significant. It's a trek, but it's a good one.

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Jan 13, 2011

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