- Mass Market Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: RHUK (1 March 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553813145
- ISBN-13: 978-0553813142
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Midnight Tides: (Malazan Book Of Fallen 5) (The Malazan Book Of The Fallen) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2005
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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
First of all I laughed at the irony and quirky sense of humor often. He built upon the humorous attempts in House of Chains. This humor is coupled with a rich view of Tiste Edur and the Letheri. I have seen some people complain about introducing all of these new peoples, but he had to do something about the Edur, because he mentioned them in Deadhouse Gates ( the ship with decapitated oarsmen). And the scenes on that ship with the crazy water and the dragon in the sky seemed to need more explanation.
He has started to unravel more of the mysteries, he actually tried to explain the concept of warrens a bit better ( the scifi reader in me tried to map them to a worm hole of course)
For good or bad he injects his philosophy about capitalism versus other forms of economies as well, and I found several quotable passages.
His treatment of Rhulad, the brat who becomes emperor was powerful, you do see both sides of the cruelty imposed by the crippled god, and the consequent horrid behavior from Rhulad.
There are very few flaws in this book, but I wish he would have made it easier to understand how far in the past these events occurred relative to the other books. His ironic twists and keen observations and immersion have earned him a 5 star this time.