2021 Top Ten Reads: #6 – Malazan Book of the Fallen

Okay, so I am cheating here. This is actually five books.

But hey, its my list and I can do what I want.

This year I began reading Malazan Book of the Fallen, a ten-book series by Steve Erikson. I was wanting to dig into a long fantasy series, and bonus points for one that is actually finished! Well, I soon learned that while the main series is finished, there are plenty of other books being written in the Malazan world.

At least the main series is finished.

I had heard this series is tough going. Erikson throws the reader into the middle of his world and trusts you to piece together what is going on as you go. Contrast this with a lot of fantasy series that slowly introduce the reader to elements of the new world. This is certainly the reason the first book, Gardens of the Moon, took me a while and is my least favorite so far. While I got the main story, there is so much going on that I knew I was missing a lot.

I enjoyed the next two books quite a bit. Both Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice had some truly epic moments. From perusing Goodreads reviews, these two seem more highly rated than the fourth book, House of Chains. But for me, House of Chains is where the series grabbed me. And the fifth book, Midnight Tides, is the first time I felt like I mostly knew what was going on (at least, until a few parts at the end).

My goal in 2022 is to finish the main series and I also want to read other books in this world. Heck, I am only halfway through and I already want a reread!

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