Never read the Malazan trilogy. First book is absolute shyte, couldnt finish it.
Anyone got any other good dark fantasy books? Got a flight soon and Ill need the distractions
It's actually a ten book series (Malazan Book of the Fallen), with various associated works, including the Crimson Guard, a series written by Stevenson's friend and roleplaying partner Ian Cameron Esslemont, and a prequel set several hundred thousand years in the past.
The first book is, indeed, hard to get through, but the book really picks up about halfway through Gardens of the Moon, and the series itself starts to sink its claws into you somewhere in between Deadhouse Gates (Second Book) and Memories of Ice (third Book). It can be pretentious (extremely so) at times but it's overshadowed by what I personally think is some truly amazing world building, and there are some great characters. Deadhouse Gates (second Book) also has one of the best characters in the whole series, Duiker the Imperial Historian of the Malazan Empire (he's 100% Croaker, you feel it right away when you start reading him).
You really should give the series a second chance. I read the first book years ago and then gave up (despite the fact that i'd bought the first five books in the series). I gave it another try recently and now i'm on book eight (Toll the Hounds). It can take a while to get through (it's been about 3 months for me to read as far as i've read, but that's including time off i've had to take due to work and school, etc).
Also, Barabus is loosely based on Karsa Orlong, a character whose backstory spans the first several hundred pages of Memories of Ice, and it's one hell of a backstory.