Steven Erikson is the author of the bestselling epic fantasy series titled Malazan Empire. Now, this is a major series with around 30 books, many of which are included in their own miniseries as well. For example, we have the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, and the Kharkanas Trilogy.
He wrote the Malazan series in co-operation with Ian C. Esslemont, who wrote additional books in the Malazan Empire.
What not every Malazan reader knows is that the author Steve Erikson has also written a few space opera series, including Willful Child, and the new First Contact series, all of which will be listed in the proper reading order.
So here are the Steve Erikson books in order for his popular epic fantasy and space opera series.
New Steven Erikson Books
Malazan Book of the Fallen Series
- Gardens of the Moon, 1999
- Deadhouse Gates, 2000
- Memories of Ice, 2001
- House of Chains, 2002
- Midnight Tides, 2004
- The Bonehunters, 2006
- Reaper’s Gale, 2007
- Toll the Hounds, 2008
- Dust of Dreams, 2009
- The Crippled God, 2011
Bauchelain and Korbal Broach Series
- Blood Follows, 2002
- The Healthy Dead, 2004
- The Lees of Laughter’s End, 2007
- Crack’d Pot Trail, 2009
- The Wurms of Blearmouth, 2012
- The Fiends of Nightmaria, 2016
Willful Child Series
First Contact Series
- The God Is Not Willing, 2019
Standalone Steven Erikson Books
- Ruin of Feathers, 1992
- This River Awakens, 1998 (written as Steve Lundin)
- Fishin’ with Grandma Matchie, 2004 (novella)
- The Devil Delivered, 2004 (novella)
- When She’s Gone, 2004 (written as Steve Lundin)
- Revolvo, 2008 (novella)
Steven Erikson Biography
Steven Erikson was born in 1959 in Toronto, Canada, under the real name Steve Rune Lundin. The Canadian novelist is best known for his Malazan Book of the Fallen series, which has taken the world by the storm. By 2012, the epic fantasy series has sold more than one million copies of the books all over the world.
Steven grew up in Winnipeg, where he would spend his weekends with his family on trips to the various nearby lakes fishing. These very trips sparked Steve’s imagination which would later prove a great help in him writing fantasy books.
Later on he briefly moved to the UK with his wife (whom he initially met at an archaeological dig) and his son. Eventually, however, he moved back to Winnipeg. Currently he lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his family. He is graduate of the University of Victoria undergraduate Creative Writing program.
In his early twenties he wrote a fantasy novel which he decided was bad. So next he trained in archaeology and anthropology, with double minors in history and the Classics, as well as finishing two writing courses, being a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. By then he was unemployed and had a pregnant wife. So he decided to start writing to get some income. This is when he completed the first draft of Gardens of the Moon.
Sadly, it took almost ten additional years until the book got published. In the meantime, while living in the UK, he would be trying to get archaeological jobs, which would never appear, so Steven would work for a few years at various office desk jobs, which bored him to death.
As he started writing books and his reputation as a great fantasy author got established, after his book This River Awakens, in 1998 he got his pseudonym Steven Erikson, by which name he is known even today.
When he first started his Malazan series, he was working with co-author Ian Cameron Esslemont on a role-playing game which they played together during their student years. The two authors initially met at an archeological dig at the site of Mud Portage, Ontario, Canada. The first Steven Erikson book in the series, Gardens of the Moon, was initially created as a movie script which eventually was changed into a book when the script didn’t sell.
When in 1990s the publishing house Transworld (a division of RandomHouse) bought the book’s copyrights, they also asked for additional novels in the series, which Steven Erikson was happy to oblige writing. Since then, the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson includes 10 full-length books, which were followed by additional prequel books that comprised the Bauchelain and Korbal Broach series and some short novellas.
The first book, once published in 1999, was received extremely well by the readers of fantasy novels, and it was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. In fact, the author’s first book under the Steven Erikson propelled him to the status of a great fantasy writer.
After writing the 10th book and the series being seemingly over, the fans wanted more, so the new trilogy and prequel books were born. In addition, there are several other books in the Malazan series by Ian Cameron Esslemont that are worth reading as well.
Reading the Steven Erikson books in order for his Malazan series is well worth it for every epic-fantasy lover who doesn’t shy away from some massive books that are not as easy to read as the mainstream fantasy stories they’re accustomed to.
In his writing, Erikson has been called by his book critics both a poststructuralist and postmodernist. His books don’t follow the traditional epic fantasy construct and conventions, and his characters and not inherently good or evil. They are, in fact, multi-dimensional and are often both good and bad, just like real people are. Also, not all main characters survive to save the world (no further spoilers here).
Often he starts his Malazan books by placing the reader in the middle of a story rather than giving initial background, which is what other authors do. This turns traditional convention on its head as well.
The latest Steven Erikson books are mostly focusing on sci-fi with the two sci-fi series he’s recently started, First Contact and Willful Child.
When he’s not writing fantasy or sci-fi books, Steven Erikson enjoys fencing, something that he’s been doing for a long time.
Praise for Steve Erikson
Steven Erikson is an extraordinary writer … His work does something that only the rarest of books can manage: it alters the reader’s perception of reality. (Stephen R. Donaldson)
I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy—accomplished with none of the customary rifs on Tolkien. This marathon of ambition has a depth and breadth and sense of vast reaches of inimical time unlike anything else available today. (Glen Cook)
Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines a sense of mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Steven Erikson manages it spectacularly. (Michael A. Stackpole)
Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin. Steven Erikson brings a punchy, mesmerizing writing style into the genre of epic fantasy, making an indelible impression. Utterly engrossing. (Elizabeth Haydon)
Easily the best fantasy series to appear in the past decade (SF Site)
This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture. (Interzone)