Midnight Tides (Malazan Book 5)

By Steven Erikson
Midnight Tides (Malazan Book 5)

Started reading: 31st May 2011
Finished reading: 25th June 2011

Review

Rating: 10

There are few other books that have had me laughing out loud while at the same time dealing (very effectively) with deep (and sometimes distressing) themes. Midnight Tides manages to do both.

This book is a departure from the story that Erickson is telling in the other books, and that is a good thing. From a structural standpoint, it’s also easier to follow, which is also a good thing.

Erickson has an incredible way of describing two sides of a conflict and showing how both good and evil can exist in both the “good” and “bad” guys. Maybe this comes from his background as an archaeologist and anthropologist. Regardless, though, it is a marvelous departure from the tropes found in so much of fantasy writing.