Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
My rating: 6 of 5 stars.
Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen (Book 3 of 10)
Genre: Epic fantasy, grimdark fantasy
First published: 2001 by Bantam (UK) and 2006 by Tor (US)
The harder the world, the fiercer the honour.
This in-world quote succinctly explained why Memories of Ice is one of my favourite volumes of my favourite grimdark epic fantasy series. It is the reason why I even read grimdark in the first place, given that I am so easily assailed by emotions that one wonders why I willingly put myself through such heartbreak. So bear with me throughout this series when I keep waxing lyrical about how humanity manifests its most awe-inspiring qualities in the face of relentless hardship and horrors of a world ravaged by conflict.