Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1)

By Steven Erikson

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry through interminable struggle, sour infighting and bloody confrontations. Even the imperial legions, lengthy inured to the bloodshed, yearn for a few respite. but Empress Laseen's rule is still absolute, enforced via her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the second one Legion, the aftermath of the siege of light must have been a time to mourn the numerous lifeless. yet Darujhistan, final of the loose towns of Genabackis, but holds out. it truly is to this historical fortress that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, it's going to seem that the Empire isn't by myself during this nice online game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are amassing because the gods themselves arrange to play their hand . . .

Conceived and written on a wide ranging scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic delusion of the top order--an captivating event via an excellent new voice.

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