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Title: Midnight Tides
Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen #5
Author: Steven Erikson
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital edition
We follow the Tisti Edur [grayskinned Tisti] as they come into the world of Malaz. Fast forward several thousand years later and they have dwindled. They attempt to gain back their pre-eminence by declaring Empire and going against the only other Empire in the region. The main Edur stories center around the Sengar family. One of whom becomes the Emperor and the pawn of the Broken god.
We follow the human Letheri Empire as they attempt to subjugate the last remaining pocket of resistance to their Empire and way of life, the Tisti Edur. The main Letheri storylines follow the Beddict brothers. One is the King’s Champion, one is a dissolute genius who can manipulate money with barely thinking about it and the final Beddict was a former envoy whose knowledge was used for conquest and not peace.
Lots of little stories interweave between them all and a little more is revealed about the Broken god.
The conflict between Edur and Lether is the framework of the whole story.
This was a 4star story that was dragged down with the chains of Erikson’s pointless soapbox philosophizing hijacking his characters and turning them all into despair filled, spineless, wusses.
Why can’t the man just shut the phrack up and tell the story?!?!?
Gardens of the Moon was a fantastic story and there was very little pontificating. Maybe a small dab in the corner. This book, Erikson took a 5foot roller and bloody whitewashed the story with the crap. Every time you turned around another character was whining about their forsaken feelings and how they weren’t even worthy of having such degrading feelings because they were such infinitely unworthy motes in an infinite universe. It was pathetic and ruined the book for me.
The story, the clash between Edur and Letheri was great. A couple of magic battles, some mundane battles and then a showdown in the palace itself. All the while the Broken god is laughing to himself and furthering his own plans.
- Midnight Tides (2010 Review)
- House of Chains (Book 4)
- Memories of Ice (Book 3)
- Deadhouse Gates (Book 2)
- Gardens of the Moon (Book 1)