Midnight Tides: Malazan Book of the Fallen Series, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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-prophesized renaissance as an Empire reborn, has enslved all its less-civilized neighbors with rapacious hunger. 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 with the still-raw wound of an old betrayal and the craving for revenge at its seething heart.
"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
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 31, 2014|
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As the events of Deadhouse Gates and Memory of Ice was happening (sort of, since the Silanah stuff really throws off the timeline) on the other side of the world, the Tiste Edur tribes have been united by the Warlock King. They are facing annexation by the greedy Lether to the south, a nation merchants who want the natural resources in Edur lands. They have destroyed other tribes through shady treaties and deliberate betrayals.
The Warlock King has a new ally. He plans to send the Sengar Brothers (Fear, Trull, Binadas, and young Rulad) on a quest to receive a gift in the arctic wastes north of their lands. Will it prove the salvation of their people or their ruination.
Another set of brothers, Beddicts, have their own goals. Tehol Beddict appears impoverished after his financial collapse, but he had actually discovered the secret to destroying his people's economy and flinched. However, when those whose people were destroyed by the Lethers want him to try again, will he accept? In the palace, Brice Beddict is the king's champion. Emroiled in the complex politics of Lether, he vows to protect his king even if the man isn't worthy of his devotion. Last, Hull Beddict plots his people's destruction in another way. He wants to save the Edur from the fate of other tribes, weighed down by guilt.
A large cast of characters, both mortal, undead, and immortal, clash and swirl. This is one of Erikson's best books in the series. Tehol and Bug number among my favorite duo and it was great to read them again. Tragedy and misfortune swirl as no one's plans quite work out right. The darkest parts of humanity are exposed once more.
This fantasy series continues to be unique and amazing. If you haven't read any of Malazan Book of the Fallen, you need to. It is worth the journey.
The story centers around the Tiste Edur lands of North Lether frontiers including Letharas city! Just intriguing, amazing, epic storyline, much easier to follow than House of Chains (Book 4). We start with Trull Sengar and historical background of Edur battles and rumors of more battles coming. It is an epic battle between the Tiste Edur and the Letharis. The amazing build up to the conflict was very well-crafted, it was definitely a page turner. The Malazan are almost forgotten here, but it is till very good and easier to follow. After a very disappointing book four, this book reclaimed and reignited my interest in continuing the series.
This book was far better than Book 4!
I give this book a rating of 4!
The book is full of excellent characters, and mostly revolves around two sets of three brothers, one Edur and one Letherii. The Beddict brothers (Hull, Brys, and the hilarious Tehol) couldn’t be more different from one another, though they all play important roles in Letherii society. The Sengar brothers come form a powerful family within the Tiste Edur, and include Fear, Trull, and the aforementioned Rhulad. Trull is perhaps my favorite character from the entire series, being a extremely well-done character whom is also featured in House of Chains . He represents the skeptic and the thinker who is able to see beyond common group-think and challenge the assumptions of his people.
MIDNIGHT TIDES compares favorably with the other books in the series. It includes all of the same drama, violence, and magnificent imagery that all of the books lean on. Perhaps it is a little more focused and tame than the other books tend to be, helping the reader feel a bit more grounded in this vast world of Steven Erikson. Highly recommended. Looking forward to continuing the series with The Bonehunters
Plus I must say that the rather blunt representation of capitalism and history and honor while expressed heavy handed still leaves a lot of room for one to have their own opinions and doubt, happily.
As I seem to end each review, it’s with the hope the author maintains this level of good storytelling.
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The plot is about two local communities and we get a great omnipotent perspective provided mostly as a tale of two families. Sengar (Tiste Edur) & Beddict (The Letherii). The relationships between the brothers on both sides is intriguing. Two races that have not been interpreted to any great degree prior to this book yet I imagine what has happened here is pivotal to the overall consequences of the series. Some of the scenes are amazing. The Sengar brothers fighting Soltaken wolves to find a requested prize on fields of ice, the meeting of the two factions are the Letherii throne & Kettle finally meeting Silchas Ruin. Additionally I liked the complexity of Rhulad and his relationship with his servant. (I don't consider these to be spoilers hence why I put them here :) ) Once again, Gods are in the mix of the action like the Aenied and the Iliad. I believe what makes this series stand out is its originality. I like a lot of fantasy novels but a lot of them are re-jigging Tolkien or what has come before. The world, races and epic-ness depicted here is astronomical and I truly believe I will not be able to enjoy fantasy books to this degree after this series as I know its quality cannot (or would be highly unlikely that it will) be replicated.
I loved Tehol & Bugg's relationship. I imagined a sort of Blackadder/ Baldrick scenario with the 'manservant' however being cleverer than he made out. Bugg was always too busy to work. Hmmm.
I cannot wait to read the next book. A lot of what I said in my positive review of House Of Chains could be placed here but I do not wish to repeat. If you have got this far in the series, you know it is amazing and reviews are pointless. Carry on, enjoy it. I can't wait to see how everything weaves it's way together, culminates and finalises. Peace x [...]
Eriksen has always been verbose, but bloating has begun to hear it's head. It first appeared in Memories of Ice, with the boring, navel-gazing Mhybe subplot. It largely disappeared in House of Chains, but in Midnight Tides it's back with a vengeance. Once again we have Hamlet-lite navel-gazing, but this time it's absolutely interminable. Other traps Eriksen has fallen into is unkillable and all-knowing heroes, the Sengar clan and others. Someone should tell Eriksen that if your heroes are always right/smarter/luckier/can't die etc. then the victory has no meaning. And even when they do die they are magically healed or resurrected. When I was reading it I said to myself 'Tehol isn't dead', 'Udinaas isn't going to stay dead' because it had all become so utterly predictable.
Eriksen has fallen from a high level to one that barely reaches mediocre. I hope it's not an indication that he has peaked and is going downhill.
I don't know. Perhaps it's because I've become so used to the superb writing style, twisting plot-line, highly individual characters, and smirk inducing humour but I found this book was more a pause, a respite on a plateau that I hope isn't a prelude to a descent.
Be under no illusion: this is still a wonderful book. I just found the Tiste Edur part, including the foray to pick up the <spoiler> a bit dragged out. I loved the character who lives on the roof, his wonderful servant (reminded me of the servant in Iain M Bank's Matter), and all of the characters in the Letherii capital. The slow burn introduction and possible future link up with the the Children of Shadow and the Azath house provided a necessary and comforting link to the rest of the series.
Maybe I'm being unfair. I still loved the book and had started the sixth within minutes of finishing this one. I just had a deja vu of the middle few books of the Wheel of Time. I hope I'm wrong but it certainly won't stop me in any shape or form from reading the entire series. Even when I feel less than wowed, this book is still a great read!
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So we have a new continent, new characters and a new (well, old) system of magic to get to grips with. It's a gamble that pays off.
The new Edur characters, including Trull Sengar, one of the few faces we have met before, are certainly interesting, but are not the main draw here. Tehol and Bugg are two of Erikson's finest creations, proving once and for all the writer's facility for comedy as well as, at the end, his knack for real pathos.
The plot is doomy and inexorably tragic, but be assured that even the wonders here are merely an appetizer setting the stage for a couple of books down the line...
Once again, one of the most original, well-written and thoughful books I've read. Kudos to Steven!