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Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3) Hardcover – October 20, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765314320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765314321
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Battle dominates the gripping third installment of Canadian Erikson's projected 10-volume series (Gardens of the Moon, etc.), set in the land of Malazan and featuring a host of gods, grunt soldiers, wizards and undead. Ganoes Paran is now captain of the Bridgeburners, part of Dujek Onearm's army that's trying to fight off the vile forces of the Pannion Domin. The author vividly details the horrors of hand-to-hand combat along with the cannibalistic tendencies of the Tenescowri (or peasant) rabble that fight for the Pannion Domin. The most intriguing new character is Itkovian, a commander of the mercenary Grey Swords who finds, after the battle of Capustan, that his god has deserted him. For a giant fantasy series, this is tightly written, with no repetitious dialogue or exposition. Erikson ranks near the top of the epic fantasy pantheon.
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From Booklist

On the continent Genabackis, a postapocalyptic society is ruled by the Pannion Domin, who include an excess prophet, the Panion Seer, and an empress worse than Leona Helmsley. Necessity is making allies of mercenaries and semiregular armies that once, under such rubrics as Dujek Onearm's Host and Whiskeyjack's Bridgeburners, fought to the death. To survive, these warriors need not only to keep peace among themselves but also to make peace, despite numerous bloody battles, with other bands, hosts, and ethnic groups. And they need to address the matter of an entire race of the undead, the T'lan Imass, on its way to do battle, besides which there are yet more potent and unnatural factors threatening survival. The long volume is the third in a saga that owes a good deal to Tolkien, but many may find the size of its canvas and cast, its vivid details, and the emotional intensity of its action appealing in ways that Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time is appealing. Roland Green
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More About the Author

STEVEN ERIKSON is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His previous novels in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series--Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bonehunters, and Reaper's Gale--have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. He lives in Canada.

Customer Reviews

The story and the characters are very detailed and intriguing.
Drew Morson
At the finish of every great book, all of us look for the next great read that will make us feel like the last one just did.
Daddy Readsalot
This one takes us back to the characters of the first book & continues their story.
Robert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By T. Wheaton VINE VOICE on August 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
The third book of Steve Erikson's Malazan series picks up where the first book left off. The Empress Laseen has outlawed Whiskyjack, the Bridgeburners, and Dujek Onearm after their failure to capture the jeweled city of Darujistan. The seasoned soldiers are not long out of work. On the continent of Genabackis there is word of a terrifying new threat. A deranged prophet known as the Pannion Seer is on the march with a massive army of powerful mages, undead lethal warriors and thousands of cannibalistic zealots. He has set his sights on the city of Capustan to conquer the city and for its citizens to serve as food for his ravening hordes.
Realizing that the city's lone defenders, The Grey Swords, are woefully outmatched, Whiskeyjack and Dujek offer assistance. Because there are other more powerful forces propelling the Pannion, former enemies of the Malazans also offer alliance. The Warlord Caladan Brood and the mysterious Tiste Andii Anomander Rake march with WhiskeyJack and Dujek to Capustan amidst an uneasy truce.
In the midst of this, the child, Silverfox is aging at a rapid rate as she attempts to fulfill her destiny. Ganoes Paran learns the price of having walked within the sword Dragnipur, a tribe is reunited with their Gods, an ancient wrong is righted, ordinary people become heroic, heroes are shown that they are all too human and a mortal man attempts to save a God.
Right from the start in the first book where we are plopped in the middle of a devastating war and see a young girl possessed with the spirit of a deadly assassin, we are immediately wrapped up in the lives and fortunes of a great many interesting people. There is Whiskeyjack the beloved leader, who is weary of war and politics.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. McKeever on November 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In his previous two books set in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, Erikson showed the promise of what he was capable of. Finally, in Memories of Ice, he truly hits his stride. From here on- and I have read this and books four and five, already published in the UK -he delivers relentlessly upon his promise.

The world he has constructued is, bar none, one of the most complex and detailed, showing echoes of Eriksons' studies in Anthropology. The complexity of this universe isn't, however, handed to you upon a silver platter- the Malazan world is a work in progress, each book hinting at deeper and deeper histories, at the myriad of cultures and peoples, both human and non, who occupy it.

In Memories of Ice, he details a truly breath-taking tale, shifting perspective between a vast array of important character. It continues the tale of the outlawed Dujek's Host and Whiskeyjacks Bridgeburners from the first tale, Gardens of the Moon.

Here, enemies become friends and friends become divided, as Erikson finally delves more into such characters as Anomander Rake and the occasionally mentioned Caladan Brood.

True to his previous books, he also introduces a whole new cast of fascinating characters: the Grey Swords, led by Brukhalian, and the tale of their desperate battle in the city of Capustan; Gruntle and Stonny, caravan guards for the mysterious trader Keruli, as they travel south. He also delves into characters of the first book, such as the undead "Tool."

This isn't fantasy for the weak of heart: Erikson delivers a brutal, heart-wrenching tale of war and betrayal, tempered by occasional moments of levity. Like in reality, in war, people die, and so goes this tale.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Corey Reid on March 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
After the adolescent material that had driven me out of this genre ten or more years ago, it was so thrilling to walk unawares into "Gardens of the Moon" based on a friend's recommendation. Stephen Erikson has succeeded where so few other writers have -- in creating a work of epic fantasy that doesn't insult the intelligence or maturity of his readers. And as this series progresses, I just get more and more impressed. I have not been affected by any novel the way I was by "Memories of Ice". Not in a long time.
...If any of that sounds familiar to you, read Stephen Erikson. Now. His works are mature, sophisticated, imaginative and profound explorations of the human condition, with tons of swordfights, magical duels, freaky monsters and complex political history thrown in. These are great books in every sense of the word.
Frankly, not since Tolkien have I read anyone command this genre so masterfully. Unlike virtually everyone else in epic fantasy, Erikson is not rewriting or re-interpreting Tolkien. He is creating something entirely new. And it's brilliant.
On the other hand, if you love Jordan and Eddings and Brooks and all that gang, then these books aren't for you. But if you're fed up with fantasy that assumes you're thirteen, read these books. Read them!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By newyork2dallas on December 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a powerful, intriguing and disturbing book with tremendous action and great world-building. Erikson's Malazan world is a land of tyrants, armies, war, pillage, betrayal, destruction that is highlighted with themes of honor, duty, loyalty, perserverance, and some humor. The scope and depth is even greater than Jordan, and the timetable has been much better because Erikson is essentially publishing at a volume per year pace.
Memories of Ice, the third in the series, essentially continues the story after Gardens of the Moon. The Malazan warriors seeking to conquer the continent of Genabackis have been deemed traitors by their Empress. They join with former opponents to halt a mad cult that has conquered cities in the southern part of the continent. The reason: the Pannion cult acts as if possessed, and starves its followers; they become an army of cannibals to conquer new territories for (ahem) food.
But that's only a small part of the larger scope of these tales. A great war is about to begin that makes the Malazan imperial aspirations seem petty by comparison, and Erikson begins to reveal its major actors in this volume. The war includes gods, demigods, and humans. Erikson's world also is peopled with numerous (usually humanoid) non-human creatures, all of whom have different powers and abilities and different societal structures.
It's about time that Steven Erikson has begun to get some well-earned attention and kudos in the US for his Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Previously available only in the UK and Canada (US stores would purchase from Canadian stocks), Tor recently became Erikson's US publisher and the books will come out in Tor editions starting in 2004.
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