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Midnight Tides
Midnight Tides
Midnight Tides
Audiobook31 hours

Midnight Tides

Written by Steven Erikson

Narrated by Michael Page

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



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"The series has clearly established itself as the most significant work of epic fantasy since Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant." -SF Site

After decades of internecine warfare, the tribes of the Tiste Edur have at last united under the Warlock King of the Hiroth. There is peace, but it 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, eager to fulfill its long-prophesied renaissance as an empire reborn, has enslaved with rapacious hunger all its less civilized neighbors. All, that is, save one-the Tiste Edur. And it must be only a matter of time before they, too, fall-either beneath the suffocating weight of gold or by slaughter at the edge of a sword. Or so destiny has decreed.

Yet as the two sides gather for a pivotal treaty neither truly wants, ancient forces are awakening. For the impending struggle between these two peoples is but a pale reflection of a far more profound, primal battle-a confrontation charged with the still-raw wound of an old betrayal and the craving for revenge at its seething heart.

"Erikson ranks near the top of the epic fantasy pantheon." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This novel and all others in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series follow my own pronunciations of 'Malazan' words and names. My thanks to Michael and Jane and everyone at Brilliance Audio." -Steven Erikson, Victoria, B.C. Canada, January, 2014

Release dateMar 4, 2014
Midnight Tides

Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including The Crippled God, Dust of Dreams, Toll the Hounds and Reaper’s Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.

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Rating: 4.1063829787234045 out of 5 stars

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I enjoyed this book. The cast of characters in this one is greatly reduced from previous novels, but it made the story more focused and easier to follow upon initial reading. The new cast of characters are interesting and complex, and Bugg is easily one of my favorites in the series so far. I also love the family dynamic of the Sengar family, especially Fear and Trull. It feels very real and organic with loyalty to family conflicting with what is best for their people. Overall, this is among my favorite books of the series.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Another fantastic book in the Malazan series. This book takes place in a completely different area and focuses on completely different type of people. A more contained story then the others while also having much more explanation on the world. To me, this actually seemed like a good book to start with, as it explains much more than the first book. Practically all the characters are new and all are extraordinary and stand out on their own. There is much more comedy in this book too, especially with Tehol and Bugg. Great book for a great series.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    This book is way too much. We jumped back in time just eons and eons. There's only one familiar character--Trull Sengar, from just last book, I think. And he was minor there, and haunted by some dread treachery that I really didn't think we needed to see more of, as it was explained adequately in that book. But of course, it's not the author's style to go back and explain /anything/ in depth. Now, what we seem to be covering is the prelude to Trull Sengar's betrayal. And also, more about the Tiste tribes and mythos. Damn, we're talking about truly epoch, a lot of time passing. What the Tiste Edur people seem to consider their gods are still only people who were running from their old world and its destruction. Thus, the actual gods still aren't made apparent. Of course, the world they came to has its own perfectly powerful and effectual gods and peoples, so there's that to deal with and sort out as well.

    So, struggling so much with this volume, I hopped on the Malazan forums searching for inspiration to continue the story. And found that many people consider this book one of the best in the series.

    What. The. F&*(.

    They especially like some of the new characters introduced here: Tehol Beddict, a rather foolish and trivial seeming guy, living in disgrace with a single servant in some degree of poverty and starvation. Sure enough, as the story progresses, this guy turns out to be a mercantile and criminal mastermind, hiding a fortune that he won several years ago with his semblance of absolute destitution. And yes, he is a comedy all the way. He and his beleagured servant/partner-in-crime are very like a more subdued Blackadder and Balrick. Their scenes are the most fun. Thank gods, because the imperial court intrigues of the Letherii are boring and cliche-ridden.

    Udinaas, a Letherii slave of the Tiste Edur, is totally intriguing, though. The Letherii seem to be the best part of this volume. The Tiste Edur are certainly dull and stodgy, all honorbound and tribal.


    I did finally finish this book a few months back. So very happy to finally put the whole thing behind me, as I never really warmed up to the Tiste Edur's side of things. Really nobody's. Except maybe the entirely competent Malazan soldiers who turn up out of bloody nowhere and get right into the thick of things. I got the feeling from the fan forums that certain of these people are really really awesome elsewhere and this whole thing is Significant. I can see that, but it didn't make it much easier to slog through this swamp of different cultures and personalities and hopes and expectations...all of which happened VERY VERY LONG AGO, to a bunch of people hitherto unknown in this massive series full of massive tomes.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Best fantasy series I’ve read continues to deliver book after book :)
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Groucho Marx was secretly an economic genius living in poverty while manipulating the stock market and buying and selling shares of all the major coorperations and business in the capital of a huge nation? No? Well, maybe you should. Or maybe you should just read this book that follows a character named Tehol Beddict, the oldest of four brothers who basically fits the bill. =) Probably my favorite character contantly saying and doing rather inane things while moving things behind the scenes to benifit those he things ought be benefited.

    But he is only one character of several followed in multiple plot lines in this book. This is book 5, if you've read the previous books you already know that this series is full of multiple characters who are threaded throughout the story. Most of them are interesting or become so eventually. A very epic in scale fantasy effort as the characters span the globe this takes place on and rather than being the story of a people or nation follows multiple nations and peoples. I took a break before coming back to the series but am glad I gave it a shot with this book and will probably go ahead and read the next one too.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A little hard to get into, since this book introduces an almost entirely new set of characters on a different continent from any of the previous books. Once it got going, I was drawn into the story, though, and enjoyed it quite a bit.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    “Destiny is a lie. Destiny is justification for atrocity. It is the means by which murderers armour themselves against reprimand. It is a word intended to stand in place of ethics, denying all moral context.”

    This book was a pretty interesting contrast to the previous books. Where the first four books told a pretty consistent story, this one drops just about every previously introduced character, save one, and tells a completely different story.

    Now, this is no criticism. I really liked the Tiste Edur and their ways, and the Letherii are a good mirror of some of the Problems the real world currently has, in my opinion.

    All of the characters were characterized very well, and, as always, there were the usual 'wait, what?'-Moments that every book so far has provided, but that cannot be explained here, for obvious reasons (They would hardly be 'wait, what?' after I explained them).

    So, why four stars? As always, I have several reasons. This book has the usual Malazan-Problem: It is getting better after you finished the first 300 pages, but those can sometimes be quite a drag. It took me about a month to get through them, while I read the remaining pages 380 within less than a week. Also, you probably need a whiteboard and constant notetaking to understand everything. I always found myself wanting to look characters up in the previous books, and while that is in itself a good thing, it is getting annoying if you don't understand every twist because you can't quite remember which race person X from book Y is. There are also some other reasons I can't quite pin, and the book, while good, is one of the weaker Malazan books so far. It is still well worth reading, if you can live with some excessive violence (Nasty sorcery and sometimes even nastier regular violence). Just expect to not be sucked in as much as usual.

    I am still looking forward to reading the remaining parts of the Series, and I will have a lot of time to do that soon. Maybe I'll understand more if I can read a book in two days instead of two months.