[reading] [September 2023] Read Along with First Age

First Age

D&D h@ck3r and Hopepunk
September's book will be Gardens of the Moon, the first of ten novels in Canadian author Steven Erikson's high fantasy series the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Many of the reviews seem to indicate that it is a 'difficult read', without much hand holding, but with morally grey factions vying in a messy tale of conquest on a backdrop of solid worldbuilding.

The book was an AD&D campaign setting, and a film script that wasn't taken up, before becoming a series of novels that took a long time for a publisher to pick up. Perhaps I'll run a game there after the book.

It looks as though the first book is set in this part of the word:

I've read the first one, and no spoilers but yes, I found it a difficult read. I believe it's actually a homebrew GURPS setting, but I may have misremembered that. I have some opinions but I'll keep them to myself until you folks have read it. :)


The Guvnor
Staff member
I read it a very long time ago. I am going to read it again since I have been wanting to for a long time.

I seem to remember GURPS but it could also have been RQ.

Very pleased you have found a map.
I thought Artesia was RuneQuest. Dragaera was D&D, as was Feist’s Riftwar.

The map above does have some vague resemblence to Yrth so GURPS is a possibility.