My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am just a wide-eyed, slack jawed spectator of the awesome world that Erikson has created. Memories of Ice features a return of lot of characters from Gardens of the Moon. There is a new threat rising in the Pannion Domin, headed by a prophet whose followers are cannibals and their women are necrophilic!!!! Dujek One Arm is outlawed by Empress Lasseen and is now a renegade. Realising the threat that Pannion Domin posed, we witness a great alliance between Dujek, Caladan Brood and the Lord of the Tiste Andii, Anomander Rake. The Pannion Domin seeks to capture the City of Capustan, while the alliance seeks to defend it. We are also introduced to the new characters of Bauchelain,Korbal Broach,Gruntle, Stonny etc., The verbal fights between Gruntle and Stonny are a treat to watch. They accompany a mysteriouse merchant Keruli. Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are necromancers who provide good comic relief as the series progresses. Tattersail’s lover,GaneosParan of House Paran becomes the Master of the Deck of Dragons.Silverfox, TatterSail reborn is growing fast and consuming Mhybe, her mother. She is now a flesh and bone bonecaster of T’lann Imass. She now summons a gathering to which almost all T’lann Imass respond to.The story switches to One-Eyed Toc the Younger who was thrown into another realm by the puppet, Hairlock. He joins the company of Lady Envy, daughter of ElderGod Draconus,who originally fashioned the sword Dragnipur.Draconus was slain by Anomander Rake, Lord of the Tiste Andii. An ascendant of origin unknown, called the Crippled God poisons the warrens and is poised to strike. The Crippled God’s presence itself starts poisoning Burn, the sleeping goddess of the earth. As the story moves on, we realise that the War with the Pannion Domin is in fact a war between Elder Gods dating back millennia.This war in fact might decide upon the very future of the continent of Genabackis, and may well of the future of the Malazan Empire. There are many questions raised in this book which I think will be answered in the successive books. Usually Erikson’s books start with 3 to 4 parallel story constructs which have a convergence at the end. This holds good for this book also. The depth and the characterisation that the author offers is awesome. And one must acknowledge the fact that Steven Erikson is not your everyday writer. His books are not for everyone. If you don’t mind reading 10 books in a series, enjoy a deep storyline, welcome new characters in each book and finally, if you can structure the things in your mind, you are game for his books. Overall, I enjoyed each and every part of his book. Only place where I felt there was a slight slackness was the part featuring Mhybe. Other than that this book rocks. I am giving it a 5/5.
Verdict: Should be on the top of the reading list for any fantasy fan