Hello Wottareaders! in this article I’m introducing Steven Erikson’s famous high fantasy book series Malazan Book of the Fallen.
If you are looking for a complex and wide number of characters set in an immense world while all of this wrapped in a dark tone then welcome to the Malazan Empire. This series is thought to be a bit difficult to read because of the vast number of characters and personalities (mages, immortals, soldiers…). But such difficulty shouldn’t let you down: Malazan Book of The Fallen is worth reading.
What is Malazan Book of the Fallen about
Malazan book of the Fallen tells the story of the Malazan armies, an expansionist nation set in the world of Wu (actually The Malazan world has no official name, but the author called it this way once and fans use it to refer to this world). Wu will be displayed through the eyes of a lot of characters through the series, showing the point of view of different races (including nonhumans) and diverse locations. The world is in a state of a great disturbance where rebellion and military conflicts appear to be the order of the day.
Malazan is a ten-volume story, but unlike most of the novels in the fantasy genre, each of the volumes consists of a different series of events instead of being a single long story. That being said, each of these volumes can’t be considered stand-alone novels since some of the characters and subplots will make their appearance in more than one volume.
Each of the novels has a subplot, showing a different aspect of the Malazan universe. In the first novel, Gardens of the Moon, the main characters are introduced. Along the subsequent novels, the action will take place in diverse locations such as the Seven Cities, Genabackis or Kolanse. The plot usually revolves around stories of rebellion and the armies of Wu.
Favorite Malazan quotes
Malazan dialogues are exceptional. Here are some quotes of Malazan Book of the Fallen, these are a nice summary of the dark fantasy tone of this series and proof of how good Malazan Book of the Fallen is:
“Children are dying.”
Lull nodded. “That’s a succinct summary of humankind, I’d say. Who needs tomes and volumes of history? Children are dying. The injustices of the world hide in those three words.”
Quote from Deadhouse Gates
“Every decision you make can change the world. The best life is the one the gods don’t notice. You want to live free, boy, live quietly.”
“I want to be a soldier. A hero.”
“You’ll grow out of it.”
Quote from Gardens of the Moon
If you want to read more Malazan Book quotes just check this link on Goodreads.
Malazan Book of the Fallen reading order
While Malazan Book of the Fallen is the name of the original series, this saga also has a prequel named The Kharkanas Trilogy and an upcoming sequel namedThe Witness Trilogy. What is the proper reading order of this saga?
According to the author, Steven Erikson, the recommended reading order would be the publication order. This recommendation was posted on Reddit, see here.
How to read Malazan Book of the Fallen
Therefore, here is the proper reading order of Steven Erikson books:
- Original series: Malazan Book of the Fallen
- Prequel: The Kharkanas Trilogy.
- Sequel: The Witness Trilogy
Malazan Book of the Fallen movie/ Malazan Book of the Fallen tv series
No announcements are made regarding any agreement about producing a Malazan Book of the Fallen movie or a tv series. Having said that, and seeing how much fantasy series are increasing these days, there is no doubt that sooner or later Hollywood will produce a movie/tv series adaptation of this series. Game of Thrones is getting to its end, and fans are looking for its successor after all. Probably, the outcome of other upcoming adaptations such as The Witcher Netflix or The Witcher Netflix will serve as a great introduction for other fantasy stories to be adapted. And of course, let’s not forget about the billionaire adaptation of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings.
How difficult is Malazan Book of the Fallen?
Malazan’s structure is pretty complex, there is its massive worldbuilding showing diverse cultures through the point of view of different characters. Also, as mentioned earlier, this is a ten volume story where each novel has a main subplot, set in a different location and introducing new elements and characters that make this book so rich. There is much to know about the Malazan Empire and the world of Wu.
Why read Malazan Book of the Fallen?
Putting this all together makes this series certainly difficult to follow if you are not an experienced fantasy reader, but don’t get this wrong, you definitely should give this series a try since it has a superb prose and such well-crafted dialogues and characters, but know that this series is not as linear and easy to follow as other fantasy books. The worldbuilding is also worth mentioning since you will able to discover different places of the universe through the eyes of so different characters.
Which Malazan book is the best?
There is actually no agreement at all about which Malazan book is the best, but the general opinion is that these books don’t go downhill. Hope that is enough for you to prove that this series is worth reading.
Hope this introduction for this Fallen Book series was useful to you. Will you dare reading the Book of the Fallen?
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