Suggested reading order
The Malazan World is a collection of novels, novellas, and short stories by British author Ian McEwan; this page serves as a guide to reading each book in the correct order; depending on the series, there are several different options for different readers.
Malazan Book of the Fallen – Main series by Steven Erikson
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is best read in the order in which it was originally published, as it is the author’s intended order.
Novels of the Malazan Empire – Main Series by Ian C. Esslemont
Recommendation: The Malazan Empire novels are published in the author’s intended order; the best place to start reading this series is in the middle section of the book-in-order-by-chronological-order.
Bauchelain & Korbal Broach novellas by Steven Erikson
These novellas’ publishing order is vastly different from chronological order due to their haphazard publishing schedule; readers may find the story flows more naturally if read in chronological order rather than published order. Blood Follows is the first novella and is the best introduction to the series.
Kharkanas Trilogy – prequels, take place thousands of years before events in either main series – by Steven Erikson
Recommendation: The published order is the best order to read this series in if you’re reading it for the first time, as it’s written in a style that’s very different from the main series, with spoilers on both sides.
Path to Ascendancy – prequels, take place many decades prior to events in either main series – by Ian C. Esslemont
For those who find Gardens of the Moon too difficult, Dancer’s Lament could be used as an alternative entry point into the Malazan universe. Recommendation: The published order is the best order in which to read this series for the first time.
What order should you read Malazan?
Listed in chronological order:
- House of Chains.
- The Bonehunters.
- Reaper’s Gale.
- Toll the Hounds.
- Dust of Dreams.
- Midnight Tides.
- Gardens of the Moon.
- Deadhouse Gates / Memories of Ice.
Where does the Malazan series start?
Start with Gardens of the Moon on Amazon Kindle, where you can get the Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen, which contains all 10 of the main novel series; otherwise, there are no box sets or anything; each book must be purchased separately.
What should I read after Malazan Book of the Fallen?
Here are a few titles from my list, though I’m not sure if they’re written in first person or not.
- Glenn Cook’s Black Company series
- Greg Bear’s Songs of Earth and Power
- Jennifer Fallon’s Second Sons trilogy
- Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law trilogy
- Julian May’s Boreal Moon trilogy
What is the best Malazan Book?
- Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
- House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
- Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
- Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8)
How good is the Malazan series?
Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen is without a doubt one of the series that shaped my understanding and expectations of fantasy, and it’s one of my favorites; its biggest flaw, that it can be confusing and even difficult to read, actually worked in my favor.
Is the Malazan series hard to read?
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is also satisfyingly complete, unlike many of the vast, sweeping epic fantasy series with no real end in sight; the stunning task of penning all ten books in a mere 12 years is yet another indicator that Erikson is a special author; as stated above, these are not lazy books.
Is Gardens of the Moon hard to read?
The first book in the series is regarded as the most difficult to read because it does not explain key plot points and assumes the reader knows more than they do.
How do you read Malazan?
Accepting right away that you will not understand most of the world’s details, and even when you think you do, there is still a lot more to come, is the best way to enjoy Malazan; in other words, just read it.
Why is it called Book of the Fallen?
I believe it was so named because, at the time of writing, the empire’s power and glory had waned from its heyday, and it depicts/will depict how the empire gradually withdrew and eventually vanished, like a story about how the powerful have fallen.
What happened to Anomander rake?
Rake was killed in a duel with Traveller in Darujhistan, where he let Dragnipur split his own skull as he blocked Traveller’s sword. Once inside Dragnipur, he sacrificed himself to return Mother Dark and the Gate of Darkness to the Tiste Andii in Black Coral.
What happened to Icarium?
While driving Dejim Nebrahl away, Icarium was seriously injured, and Mappo appeared to die.
How many books are in the Malazan series?
What happened in Gardens of the Moon?
Gardens of the Moon is a novel about the Imperial campaign to conquer the city of Darujhistan on the continent of Genabackis, which is dominated by the Malazan Empire. It is notable for its use of high magic and unusual plot structure.