Midnight Tides Paperback
Part of the The Malazan Book of the Fallen series
After decades of warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the rule of the Warlock King.
But peace has been exacted at a terrible price - a pact made with a hidden power whose motives are at best suspect, at worst deadly.
To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether has devoured all of its less-civilised neighbours with rapacious hunger.
All save one - the Tiste Edur. But Lether is approaching a long-prophesied renaissance - from kingdom and lost colony to Empire reborn - and has fixed its gaze on the rich lands of the Tiste Edur.
It seems inevitable that the tribes will surrender, either to the suffocating weight of gold, or to slaughter at the edge of a sword. Or so Destiny has decreed. A pivotal treaty between the two sides nears - but unknown ancient forces are awakening.
For the impending struggle between these two peoples is but a pale reflection of an altogether more profound, primal battle - a confrontation with the still-raw wound of betrayal and the craving for vengeance at its heart. War and confrontation, magic and myth collide in this, the stunning fifth chapter in Steven Erikson's magnificent 'Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence, hailed as an epic of the imagination and a fantasy classic in the making.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 960 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/03/2005
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780553813142
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Review by kenzo7
MT continues Erikson's rich Malazan series. It envolves the tension between the alien Tiste Edur and the human Letheri, mostly following Trull Sengar (before his appearance in House of Chains), and two of Erikson's most fun and fascinating characters, the brilliant impoverished businessman Tehol Beddict and his manservant Bugg. MT does fall into the trap of trying to do too much; as the book goes on more and more characters, heroes, gods, and monsters appear, to the detriment of the otherwise focused and compelling plot. Overall, it's better than the gruesome Memories of Ice, but perhaps not as good as Deadhouse Gates
Review by lewispike
Book five in an epic series. You're expecting more of the same, character development and probably not much of that as the back-story takes so much tending.Not with Steven Erikson. We have not 1 but 2 completely different cultures introduced, sufficiently alien that although by the end of the book I'm fairly sure they're on a distant part of the same world as the earlier books, I'm only fairly sure.It is another compelling read, with bizarre and fascinating characters and relationships, wonderfully worked, yet again. It is also a story of culture clashes, and the rise and fall of Empires, whilst being comfortably intimate and friendly all the time.I'll be reading something light and short before diving into the next book in the series, but I can't wait. Top notch once again.
Review by clong
Another amazing book from Erikson. I am in awe of this author, who if anything is getting better as the series advances. In many ways this is the easiest book to read of the series so far, with a simpler narrative structure (only two main storylines, set at the same time, on opposite sides of a war). The characters and geopolitical setting are essentially 100% new (it's not until page 700 that we get a clear reference to the geopolitical arena of the previous volumes). This is epic storytelling, with memorable, complex characters, lots of bad guys and few good guys. Erikson has an amazing ability to conceive and describe vast myth-making occasions, frequently echoing great nordic and native american mythology. By now, I think we have learned not to expect an unambiguously happy ending. I never thought I would ever utter the words "better than Tolkien," but at this point I am ready to say that if Erikson can finish the series with five more books as good as the first five, I will call this the best fantasy series ever written. If you are looking for simple fairly tales where the characters live happily ever after, DO NOT read this author. If you are looking for gritty epic fantasy a la Song of Ice and Fire, you are in for a real treat.
Review by DRFP
Another Malazan novel and another brick of a book. How fares this one? Overall, it's pretty good. As with Karsa in <i>House of Chains</i> we step back in time a short while (if the conclusion to <i>Memories of Ice</i> is the furthest point along the timeline) and are introduced to new characters and locales. The first half of the the book I greatly enjoyed, the second half a little less so. The main reason for this is vaguely knowing Trull Sengar from the previous book. Perhaps it's not a good idea to, like I did, re-read the prologue to <i>House of Chains</i> to try and recap the situation with Trull. If you remember much of what surrounds Trull in HoC it somewhat spoils <i>Midnight Tides</i>; it makes the second half of the book a slightly dull procession. Certainly there are still some poignant moments for Trull but the later half of the book didn't hold any major surprises (except for the fates of the Beddict brothers).Lack of suspense - that's my major beef with this book. Everything else is fairly by the books for Erikson, for better and worse, and if you've read this far into the Malazan saga you ought to have your opinions formed already and nothing in here will change them.Although, props to Erikson for introducing a nakedly capitalist society into a fantasy setting. That's very commendable, even if I don't think Erikson does quite enough with it (and Shand's plot line completely fizzles out halfway through the book, something that, if there weren't so much else driving the book forward, might be (and maybe should be anyway) a major criticism). Also, I don't know whether we'll see them again but any more time devote to Tehlo and Bugg would be welcome as their double act is one of the best things in the series so far.So, the usual mix of the impressive and the disappointing with Erikson. Most of it's good this time around and his reach doesn't exceed his grasp quite so badly as it has done in past novels. The more narrow focus on the Edur and Letherii certainly helps as we're not saddled with yet more Malazan, Seven Cities, Jaghut, Imass, Elder Gods, and who knows what else history and machinations. Erikson continues to frustrate me but the bulk of what he does here is impressive and it's a good rebound from the somewhat disappointing HoC.
Review by Cecrow
I was warned in advance that this fifth book brings the story to an entirely new continent with an almost entirely new cast of characters. That had me braced for some heavy lifting, but within the first hundred pages I was as deeply engaged in this volume as any that came before, if not more so. For the first time in this series I felt like I was reading a conventional novel, and - despite my admiration for the unusual structure of prior volumes - this book is better for it. Erikson still fits in plenty of philosophical introspection, obtuse poetry, grim foreshadowing and elaborate metaphors but this time without getting in the way of the story. I've developed enough comfort with this world now that I never felt disoriented - although I've a deep appreciation for the scene in which one character finally asks another: "What's a warren?". Well-rounded characters to care about, humour that turns on parlance, action scenes on a scale to match the prior volumes - all of the best ingredients are here.There was some very striking imagery in this volume, with key scenes I'm not liable to forget. From the halfway point on, this book frequently had my pulse going. No middle volume quandary here - for me this is definitely the high point of the series so far.
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