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Malazan Book of the Fallen is a fantasy series written by Steven Erikson, consisting of six books as of 2006 and projected to be ten books long in total. It is an epic military fantasy, wide in scope and encompassing the stories of a very large cast of characters. Each book tells a different chapter in the ongoing saga of the Malazan Empire and its wars. Each book is self-contained, in that the primary conflict of each novel is resolved within that novel. However, many underlying characters and events are delicately interwoven throughout the works of this highly complex series, binding it together.
The Malazan world was co-created by Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont, who in 2005 commenced publishing his own Malazan novels co-developed with Erikson. See Authorship below.
The Malazan series is often compared both to Glen Cook's Black Company, and George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. It is like Song of Ice and Fire in that both are epic-length fantasies consisting of doorstop-sized novels, deal with war and have a large cast of characters. They are also contemporaries, so the comparison is natural enough. It is like the Black Company series in that both are gritty and almost gratuitously violent, sometimes depressingly so. Both also deal with large, faceless military campaigns and one can draw parallels between the Malazan Bridgeburners Company and Cook's Black Company.
Novels in the Series
1. Gardens of the Moon (1999)
2. Deadhouse Gates (2000)
3. Memories of Ice (2001)
4. House of Chains (2002)
5. Midnight Tides (2004)
6. The Bonehunters (2006)
7. Reapers Gale (due for release in 2007)
8. Toll the Hounds (forthcoming, no release date set)
9. Dust of Dreams (forthcoming, no release date set)
10. The Crippled God (forthcoming, no release date set)
I've nearly finished with Memories of Ice, and so far it's fantastic. I just purchased House of Chains today, so hopefully I will start it as soon as I'm done with MoI.
People seem to dislike Erikson's books because of their complexity, but really, that's the reason I like the novels so much. Erikson's vision for the series is freaking gigantic in scope.
So, do we have any other Malazan fans here?
(Please use spoilers here guys, and make sure you label what book it is in regards to, as the series is pretty huge, and I wouldn't like to have it spoiled for me (Neither would others, I imagine.).