The third Malazan Book of the Fallen picks up as an uneasy alliance between Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake, and Dujek Onearm sets its sights on invading the Pannion Domin. Books one and two diverge, featuring largely different casts of characters, and it isn’t until we dive into the meat of book three, that the reader can really begin to glimpse what this is all about. In that sense, Memories of Ice is intensely rewarding. Most readers feel a sense of a slog by the time they have reached this point in the epic. We’re thrown into the deep end and left to find our bearings with no training wheels, no mercy. For many, the learning curve is understandably too steep to warrant reading three thousand pages before a story starts to make sense. But there are big rewards for those who persevere.
The harder the world, the fiercer the honour.