Gardens of the Moon by Canadian author Steven Erikson is the 1st novel in his popular Malazan: Book of the Fallen series of epic fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This series is set in a high fantasy world where the last of the remaining Free Cities holds out against the encroaching dysfunctional Malazan Empire. This installment pits the plucky survivors of a recent battle against the plans of a tyrannical Empress, and unbeknownst to them all are the varied forces gathering to take the stage against both players.
Offered DRM-free until September 7th, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher, as their eBook of the Month Club selection.
Free for a limited time until September 7th @ the eBook Club’s special promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available in return for newsletter signup; officially only offered to Canada & the US due to geographic publishing rights restrictions)
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The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with 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, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.
However, 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.