Gardens of the Moon By Steven Erickson
Steven Erickson • Born in Canada, 1959 • Archaeologist and anthropologist • Real name is ‘Steve Rune Lundin’ • (Fantastic Fiction)
Protagonist • The Bridgeburners: an elite band of Imperial soldiers.
Antagonist • Adjunct Lorn: servant to the Empress, an extension of her power. A distrusting, violent woman.
Favorite Character • Sergeant Whiskeyjack: unofficial commander of the Bridgeburners, loyalist to the assassinated Emperor.
Least Favorite Character • Councilman Orr: a corrupt politician in the city of Dharujistan, hiring assassins to eliminate those who oppose his position.
Plot Summary Exposition • Gardens of the Moon begins with a recounting of a recent massacre, involving an entire company of two thousand cavalry soldiers. This event is claimed to be, according to Adjunct Lorn, a distraction from something bigger.
Rising Action • A plot to cripple the defenses of Dharujistan’s is put in place, to be carried out by the Bridgeburners. Lorn prepares to fulfill plans of her own, which she hides from all others.
Climax • A large scale clash between a demi-god warrior named Rake, the Bridgeburners, and a slap-dash group of men defending Dharujistan ensues. The Bridgeburners realize that they were sent to Dharujistan to die trying to cripple the city.
Falling Action • As the now-renegade Bridgeburners consolidate their numbers and prepare to leave, they make peace with Dharujistan’s defenders. Adjunct Lorn’s attempts at destroying Dharujistan herself are scrapped, and she is killed soon after.
Resolution • The Bridgeburners prepare to return to their commander, Dujek ‘One-Arm’, who has decided to go renegade against the Empress and side with Dharujistan. The Dharu defenders ally themselves with ‘One-Arm’s’ Host.
Setting • An unnamed, fantasy world • Medieval in feel (use of swords, magic, etc.)
Themes • Regicide • Homicide • Rebellion • Conquest • Warfare
Rating • 8 out of 10: I believe this book to be intricate and interesting, but many parts of the book were difficult to follow unless studied intensely. The characters were detailed and believable.
Social Issue • My social issue is… GENOCIDE
GENOCIDE • Was not defined until 1944 • Defined by jurist Raphael Lemkin • Defined as the systematic killing of a cultural or racial group (Lemkin) • Estimated # of genocides from 1951 to 2000: approximately 36
GENOCIDE (cont.) • 1099 A.D. : The Crusades • During the siege and sacking of Jerusalem, Crusader soldiers murdered unarmed and helpless citizens. • (Carroll, Anne W., Catholic Edu. Resource Center)
The Armenian Genocide • 1915, during World War I • Committed by the Ottoman Empire (the Young Turks • Casualties: 1.5 million- • Between 1915-1923 • (Armenian Nat’l Inst.)
THE GREAT IRISH FAMINE • Also called ‘passive genocide’ • Diseased potatoes could not sell, so starving peasants attempted to eat the blighted crop. • Taxation forced peasants into giving away all they had, according to British law at the time. This could be considered a ‘lawful genocide’. • (O’Rourke, John)
Genocide • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7us3yxGa4E&feature=PlayList&p4