Fofo’s #CBR4 Review #40: Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
Profile: Epic Fantasy
I really shouldn’t have started the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Every book sets me another two weeks behind my reading quota and now I’m in a situation where I have to read 10 books in 6 weeks. It’s not just that the books are long, though they are. It’s the nearly insane level of detail that Erikson puts into every single protagonist. Where Neil Stephenson fills with exposition, Erikson stuffs to the brim with personal narrative. I do really enjoy the level of detail that he puts into all of these fascinating characters, but it takes me forever to work through the chapters and gods help me if I try to read before bed.
Memories of Ice draws heavily upon the established continuity of the series, picking up a few months after the concluding events of Gardens of the Moon and following the other pack of protagonists that were spun off to fight the growing threat of the Pannion Domin. It is almost easier to look at the protagonists in terms of the factions they belong to. The Malazan Empire is represented by Dujek Onearm, exiled commander and former leader of the Genabackis Invasion. Under him are the Bridgeburners, who we were introduced to in Gardens and a small collection of incredibly powerful supernatural… people. The armies of Caladan Brood, who had been the Malazan’s most dangerous enemies on Genabackis, make unlikely allies against the Pannion armies, and the Tiste Andii reappear as the third leg of this somewhat unstable alliance.