Malazan Book of the Fallen is a singular achievement in expansive, ambitious, Fantasy storytelling, and Memories of Ice is the series’ single greatest novel. It’s the 3rd book in the series and while the first two books had plenty of great scenes and incredible creations like the Chain of Dogs, Memories of Ice was a thrill ride from beginning to end.
The Pannion Seer was a fascinating threat and so many of the intriguing characters from book one came into full focus here (Caladan Brood, Whiskey Jack, Anomandor Rake, Toc the Younger, Quick Ben and Kruppe to name a few). The prologue feels appropriately epic in scope and the story lives up to it. The payoff from not only the beginning of this book, but the prior books is immense. And despite the truly epic nature of the story, you get the feeling we are just on the edge of what is building with the Crippled God and the infection of the warrens.
All of what I write above does not even factor in the great new characters and the amazing siege of Capustan which takes up a significant portion of the middle of the book. Everything that happens in Capustan is amazing. I was invigorated by the Grey Swords’ defense of the city and fascinated by everything that happened with Gruntle. The climax of this story is epic in every sense, with great action, and touching, emotional, character arcs. The story is huge and feels huge. In short, this book was amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone interested in truly epic fantasy.