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Publisher Description

Vast legions of gods, mages, humans, dragons and all manner of creatures play out the fate of the Malazan Empire in this first book in a major epic fantasy series

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen's rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins. 

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze. 

However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand....

Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order - an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Ralph Lister
hr min
October 2
Brilliance Audio

Customer Reviews

tlc2994 ,

Excellent, especially in place of a reread

I’ll start off by saying that I adore the entire series and have read them all in print. After a couple of years this audiobook satisfied my hankering to return to the Malazan universe and renewed my appreciation of what is a masterful piece of fiction, even if it is not for everyone.

Being able to hear Ralph Lister excellently and inventively portray the diverse cast was a pleasure. He is able to bring a huge cast of characters to life in a truly impressive fashion. The book itself if one of Erikson’s weaker ones, which is understandable as it is the first in the series. It certainly does not hold the listener’s hands and careful attention is needed to grasp the full focus. That does not mean it is bad. To the contrary it slowly develops into a uniquely excellent experience and the final third of the book is phenomenal. If you are a fan of darker epic fantasy with less flights of fancy and more moral ambiguity and philosophical introspection this will likely keep your attention.

However, I may be biased as to the efficacy of the audio book to get across the extent of Erikson’s work as I have read the series in advance. Given the complexity of the series, the lack of initial context, and the high level of language and subtlety it would probably be best to approach the series in print for one’s first read through. It is a series that warrants revisiting and rewards careful examination and this audiobook and it’s sequels have enriched my experience of the Malazan universe in that capacity.

dipole delta ,


This is the série to listen to during these dire time ! Such a story ! Ahhh ! Such a story

nppsss ,


Definitely a disorienting start - probably more so in audiobook form. This being said, I've done this series about 50/50 audio/print on my first push through and I started with audio (on this one, of course), and found the listen to be an immersive, refreshing, and eye(ear)-opening experience. Malazan books of the Fallen are easily one of the most compelling, enjoyable, and fascinating series I have spent time with. Complaints about character development may be merited for this book, but should be tempered by the scope of the world, history, culture, political, and pantheon building that the reader is exposed to in this first novel. It's vast and deep.
If you appreciate the panoramic approach and have patience with the characters and the storylines, the rewards are fantastic. Anyhow, Erikson does include one of his sweetest character treats in this novel: Kruppe...