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Gardens of the Moon
Dramatis Personae Prologue
Chapter 1 Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Chapter 7
The Mission
Chapter 8 Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Chapter 13
The Gadrobi Hills
Chapter 14 Chapter 15
Chapter 16
The City of Blue Fire
Chapter 17 Chapter 18
Chapter 19
The Fête
Chapter 20 Chapter 21
Chapter 22 Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Epilogue Pagination

I see a man
crouched in a fire
who leaves me cold
and wondering what
he is doing here so boldly
crouched in my pyre...

Gadrobi Epitaph


In Kruppe’s dream, he speaks to the Elder God K'rul who believes he will lose a battle sometime in the future.

Circle Breaker waits for the Eel’s agent to deliver a personal message, a plea for help. But he changes his mind and tears up the scroll.

Lady Simtal accuses Turban Orr of wanting to become a High Fist of the Empire. They talk about Simtal's ex-husband. She wants Orr to kill him. Murillio convinces Lady Orr to get him two invitations (for himself and Rallick) to Lady Simtal's Fête on Gedderone's Eve.

Outside the Orr estate, Rallick confronts Crokus and tells him not to rob the Orr estate. Crokus leaves and examines Oponn's coin more closely. At the Boar's Tears tavern he speaks with Kruppe and retrieves the D'Arle loot before Kruppe can fence it. Kruppe examines the coin.

Murillio meets with Rallick and they deduce that Crokus is smitten with Challice D'Arle. They decide to try to encourage him away from thieving and for the first time in a long time, they both feel hopeful for their friends, and that things might be taking a turn for the better, despite the specter of a Malazan invasion hanging over them. They both comment on Kruppe's slipperiness.

Outside Baruk’s estate, noisy road workers create havoc and startle the alchemist. Startled, he spills some ink on a map and the stain spreads southwards all the way to Catlin, and with a shudder, Baruk feels it to be a premonition of things to come. Baruk then receives one of his informers, who happens to be Kruppe. Kruppe enters and shows Baruk a wax copy of Oponn’s coin which starts to spin faster and faster while the wax melts. Kruppe, in a veiled fashion, informs him about this coin from Oponn, hinting that things have just gotten far more complicated with the entry of an ascendant into their game. For just a moment, Baruk intuits that Kruppe is far more than just an informer and feels that he is far more knowledgeable and cleverer than Baruk had anticipated him to be. Finally, Baruk instructs Kruppe and his agents to protect the Coinbearer (Crokus).