I hope this thread gains traction.
Wanting to read an epic fantasy book series I found a few posts online praising this as perhaps the best fantasy book series, so I spent the last five months reading the main series plus the first three Novels of the Malazan Empire and few short stories. Holy shit! This is one massive book series, and right now I’m feeling burned out and have chosen to take some time off.
Let me start by talking about what I liked. The best part for me was the themes of the relationship between the human and the divine, the remnants of civilisations long lost and forgotten and the grand manifestations of magic and other fantastic forces, but there were also several things I didn’t like, for instance setting up events that ultimately lead nowhere, storylines that are left unresolved, and the most boring part for me were the military campaigns.
Considering how well the books have sold and how critically acclaimed they are I have to say I’m surprised there’s not a single pop culture reference anywhere and were it not for a random online comment I would be completely unaware of the series.