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Gardens of the Moon
Gardens of the Moon: Book One of The Malazan Book of the Fallen | Steven Erikson
The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen's rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze. However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand... Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order--an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice.
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Ddzmini
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For all the Malazan fans out there here‘s my Anomander Rake poster in it frame… now I just have to hang it up 🤗📖🤨

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TheSpineView
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Eggs Beautiful 🖤🤍🖤 3w
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ozma.of.oz
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The June book for Tor‘s Book of the Month is Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erickson!

Download a free mobi or ePub copy before 11:59 PM ET, June 25th, 2021.

Available only in the US and Canada.

https://ebookclub.tor.com #TorBookClub

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LibrarianRyan
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KimM
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Pickpick

Pretty good start to a long fantasy series. I'll probably read more.

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Zoes_Human
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Bailedbailed

I am neither invested in any of the characters nor intrigued by the world. DNF at page 64.

BehindthePages I DNFed at a similar page count. After the fact I learned you should read a guide made by fans alongside the book to understand it. 😑 1y
Zoes_Human @BehindthePages 😮😂🤣 1y
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Jovy
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#3Books #thatwererecommendedtome

Really glad my friend recommended these! Although I haven‘t completed the Malazan Book of the Fallen 😅 - I will have to start over because it‘s been too long and there‘s just too many characters in this epic fantasy.

OriginalCyn620 📚😊📚 1y
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OwenBanner
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QOTD: What's your favorite fantasy series?

I'd have to make it a tie between ASOIAF and The Kingkiller Chronicles. I liked the two of them because of how scarce magic was. Characters often were forced to rely on their wits and wills. This one is a stark departure where it seems like everyone has some kind of magical ability. Not that I don't enjoy it. It's taken some getting used to, but I'm starting to get ahold of the characters, the world,

vivastory LOTR, Dark Tower & Song of Ice and Fire. I've heard great things about this series. 2y
OwenBanner Yep, when it comes to fantasy, there are way too many incredible world to lose yourself in 2y
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Ddzmini
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Just finished rereading this and I still love the world, characters, and storyline Erikson creates now on to the next 📖(p.s. the book was already in this shape prior to my ownership😖🤨)

BGam But it still looks nice.. 2y
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Ddzmini
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1) Reading the tagged books
2) Aaron Elefsrud (hubby), my daughter‘s and grandkids I have 4 now just had another added yesterday morning 😍
3) where I now live Hawaii 🥰😍
@MoonWitch94
Thank you for the tag 😋

BookNAround Congratulations on your new grand baby! 2y
Sharpeipup I‘ve been dreaming of Hawaii lately‘ 2y
youneverarrived Congratulations! 👶 2y
MoonWitch94 Yay for your new grand baby! 2y
Ddzmini Thank you @BookNAround @youneverarrived and @MoonWitch94 it‘s a dreamy place @Sharpeipup 🙌🏽 2y
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Ddzmini
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Going back to gena gena gena...backis 🤪🙌🏽📖 I really need my other books to come in 📚

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Ddzmini
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When I read these books 😍😍😍📚📚📚📖😋

Leftcoastzen 😂 2y
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sigriff
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Pickpick

Tried to read this 12 months ago but gave up after about 200 pages. Just given it a second go and really enjoyed it. Not sure why I seemed to struggle with it first time round. Well worth persevering with.

Ddzmini The whole series is fantastic 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼📖😋 2y
sigriff @Ddzmini I have already bought the next couple of books. 2y
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Lady_Tigana_20
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#SelfImprovementSept READING GOALS: Been in a slump most of August, so my goals include keeping up on my reading schedule for Gardens of the Moon—a group read on FB—and catching up with my BBRC reading challenge. (Just added another goal: #agathachristieclubr2) @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

RvnclawWhovian Looks like September is the month to get out of slumps for a lot of us 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @RvnclawWhovian I agree!!! Let‘s do this!! 🙌🏻💗 2y
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 👍🏻 2y
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Anton
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This book lived up to expectations, both in quality and complexity. It took a little longer than usual to finish, but I never lost interest (and often found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading). I'm excited that there are so many books in this series (9 more, plus several spinoffs and prequels) because it means I can spend literally years of my life with these characters and in this world. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Ddzmini Love this series 📖😋 3y
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Anton
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I've always wanted to lose myself in a really long fantasy series, but in my two attempts (Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time and Brandon Sanderson's in-progress Stormlight Archive) I failed to make it past the first installment. However, I recently started the Malazan Book of the Fallen and I feel like this is a series I will stick with.

Ddzmini It is 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼📖😋 3y
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migsa
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A first book of an epic journey (10 books in total). Hard to get used to the writing style but you should persever it because it only gets better. I highly recommend the whole epic series.

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suzanne.literarylife
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Ddzmini

Another book finished in the Malazan series. Once again I like that not all the books are about the same story line or characters although the characters may have been mentioned in previous books the deal with different people at different times but are all combined (so far) to build a complete community and story line love it 😊

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Ddzmini
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Battling her way through 3 more chapters to complete the homework for class seemed impossible... but for some unknown reason there was a deeper feeling pushing her forward almost as if an unknown for was helping her through... could it be a greater being... 😳😝🤣🤣🤣

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I have definitely caught myself doing that before 😄 4y
CoffeeK8 All the time! 4y
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Ddzmini Especially when doing papers 😝 psychology adds a little deeper voice too it‘s awesome @CoffeeK8 🤣 4y
Ddzmini Think Freud on the Death Star 😝 he‘s Darth Vader‘s side kick 🤣 4y
TorieStorieS Hahahahahaha- this happens to me especially with audiobooks and their performers! 4y
Ddzmini @TorieStorieS I haven‘t gotten into audiobooks as of yet but I do want to try them out eventually 4y
TorieStorieS I only started listening regularly about five years ago- but now I listen to four or five books a month on average! They are great for car rides, cleaning, coloring, laundry... all kinds of things! 😃 4y
Ddzmini I‘ve heard (😝) a lot of great things about audio books I know I‘ll have to try them when I‘m sitting in LA traffic 🤣🤣🤣 4y
Ddzmini @TorieStorieS 👆🏼😳 4y
TorieStorieS They do make the worst of traffic more palatable!!! 😃 4y
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Ddzmini
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I think I forgot to mention I‘ve moved to this book in the series and it‘s a little past my lunch 😝 but I‘m watching my granddaughter and while she‘s napping I‘m getting some reading in 😋📖 (zucchini walnut toast and avocados yum 😋)

AlaMich Are those her tiny toes at the edge of the photo? Awww! ❤️ 4y
Ddzmini @AlaMich yes she was napping 😋 4y
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JazzFeathers
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#WeekendChat @CSeydel

🌟l don't think l've ever read a book because the film was coming out. But l've read many books after watching the film
🌟Gardens of the Moon, the first in the Malazan Empire series. I was quite disappointed. Never read any other novels in the series.
🌟Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Licia Troisi, Neil Gaiman, Frank McCourt, Tony Morrison
🌟Red beans and rice. In a cosy mystery there was the complete recipes. Had to try 😄

TK421 Cool! You got to meet Valerio Mossimo Manfredi. I loved his Alexander series! 4y
JazzFeathers @TK421 l was lucky enough to hear him speak twice. He's a fantastis speaker and a brilliant storyteller even in person 😊 4y
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So I‘m waiting to get the rest of the books related to this series and apparently there are two authors Steven Erickson and Ian C Esslemont and there‘s a certain order to reading them 😝📖📚📚📚 so I‘ll have to slowly collect the books and start at the beginning

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@BenAdaephonDelat and I have already read this book and love it.

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Daberg2
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I started reading this series after finishing Brandon Sanderson's most recent book. I had read a few reviews and forums saying the writing style is fairly similar.
Gardens of the Moon does have a similar geopolitical developmental style as Sanderson.
The only downfall in this book to me was that the book gradually lessens in linguistic complexity and violent imagery that was displayed in the earlier parts of the book.

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Celeste57
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My #bookresolutions this year are to finish more series, start (and finish!) Malazan, read more classics, and let myself take the time to enjoy them all. My other resolution is to be more present on Litsy because it's a wonderful community that I've missed!! #readingresolutions

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PolarIcee
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Reading this based off of Twitter recommendations. Hoping it‘s good!

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lovepeaceandwrite
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Mehso-so

Amazing book but so complex

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heikemarie
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This is Puck. We had Puck for 3-4 years before we got Arya and he is a jealous old man. If he sees us petting Arya, he will perch on me until he feels like I have given sufficient compensatory cuddles. Currently interrupting my book time. #catsoflitsy #oldmanpuck

LiteraryLyn Beautiful Boy! 5y
heikemarie @Seascape28 he says thank you 😉 5y
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heikemarie
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Enjoying a quick #booknlunch (no cake this time I am being so good!)

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lovepeaceandwrite
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So many characters and it's an amazing story...for now I like it

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lovepeaceandwrite
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Hi guys so Im loving Gardens of the Moon... Its an amazing book but its not My beach so because of That I more excited to read this book... Is an amazing Word with a lot of charecters witch are so misterius... Hum I 'm sorry if I Make mistakes in the language..

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lovepeaceandwrite
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Hi guys so this is what I'm currently reading and so far so great... Gardens of the moon is epic story and somehow kinda reminds me about the storys of old wars when mankind follow a lider our a King blinded with false ideas and theologies... I'm loving it #bookstagram #blogging #blog #booklove #review #bookfeature

Booklander Foto muito fixe 😊 5y
lovepeaceandwrite @Booklander ehehehe ainda bem que gostaste =) 5y
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lovepeaceandwrite
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Its Just starding but so far so great...

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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I hit up my local #librarysale this morning, and found some amazing gems. A few books are in rough shape, but still readable. #bookhaul

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AlobelThee
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#gardentitle This book was recommended by a friend, when we were chatting on the Assassin's Creed game and book series. I'll keep watch for a read. #aprilbookshowers

JazzFeathers I read it when it came out, because l loved the title and the cover ( yeah, well, l'm that kind of reader). But honestly it disappointing me. It's a long story with many characters and a lot of potentials, but l keep waiting that something would happen. Didn't read the rest of the series 5y
EchoLogical I'm with @JazzFeathers I read it and thought it was okay but then I found out that the series is 10 books long and bid it adieu. It wasn't good enough to commit to 10 books. 😌 5y
AlobelThee @JazzFeathers I was disappointed with the Assassin's Creed book, when this was recommended instead. 😅 The Creed story had an assassin who couldn't question his orders, only to feel as cheated as I was in reading that far along. Stories that drag on are cautious for the time. I'll read more on it before checking out these books, which haven't been seen around at the library. 5y
AlobelThee @EchoLogical That's also a great point. I rarely start a huge series before considering the ongoing commitment. 5y
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YarnspinnerBookling47
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I've heard the first book is the weakest of the series...if that's the case, then I am really looking forward to the coming books! Gardens of the Moon was epic and intricate and imbued with the overt fantastic elements that I love and miss in some other epic fantasy series. The world, the magic and the intrigue had me flipping pages, staying up late and thinking about it in the hours in between, which is a sure sign of a good book.

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"When you take away everybody else's humanity, you take away your own." ~ Fiddler, Gardens of the Moon

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DuckOfDoom
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Pickpick

Very epic!
It is tough to get into, as nothing in the world is explained when introduced, but it was worth it.
I plan an reading the whole fantasy epic now.

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Celeste57
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One of my #bookishresolutions for this year is to read more epic fantasy series in their entirety. I'm going to be attempting to read all of Malazan, Wheel of Time, and the Dark Tower. #readjanuary @RealLifeReading

CatAndKindle Wow! You've got some reading ahead of you. 5y
Celeste57 @CatAndKindle I do indeed! Here's hoping I can stick with it. 😉 5y
Fantasyfan I love epic fantasy!! I started The Wheel of Time and The Dark Tower this fall so these are both on my list to continue this year! 5y
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Celeste57 @Fantasyfan Epic Fantasy is my favorite genre! I just need to tackle some of the bigger series. Brandon Sanderson is my favorite. I'd love to discuss Dark Tower and WoT with you! 5y
Fantasyfan Yes! I have not read any Brandon Sanderson yet but he is on my list too. I have only read the first first in each of the other series. But more will be read soon. 5y
Celeste57 @Fantasyfan I've read The Gunslinger, but I'm still waiting for my WoT books to come in the mail. If you want to start some Sanderson, Warbreaker and Mistborn are both fun, but The Way of Kings was glorious. I've loved every book I've read by him. 5y
YarnspinnerBookling47 I'm trying to tackle Malazan series this year too! Brandon Sanderson's books are my favourite though! Definitely check out The Stormlight Archive books. (edited) 5y
Celeste57 @YarnspinnerBookling47 The Way of Kings was phenomenal, and I'm over halfway through Words of Radiance right now! Good luck with Malazan! I'm going to start them in March. 😊 5y
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Sea.fisher01
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This is an AMAZING book! He dumps you into a new world with no background, so it's hard to get started, but it's absolutely worth it. He creates an incredible world with relatable characters. An excellent start to what I know will be a phenomenal series.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

8leagueboot I just read the summary and holy cow, I need to get my hands on this one. 5y
Sea.fisher01 @8leagueboot it really is fantastic! I love that he doesn't water it down with too many descriptions/explanations. He thinks we're smart enough to figure it out, and I appreciate it! 5y
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Sea.fisher01

"Young? He'd heard his own harsh, pained laugh. Oh, no, not this lass. She's old. She walked under a blood-red moon in the dawn of time, did this one. Her face is the face of all that cannot be fathomed, and she's looking you in the eye, Whiskeyjack, and you'll never know what she's thinking." #gardensofthemoon #malazanbookofthefallen #stevenerikson #bookloversunite #yyjbooklovers #fantasy #series #brilliant #nerdcore

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GoneFishing

Every decision you make can change the world. The best life is the one the gods don‘t notice. You want to live free, boy, live quietly.

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An amazing fantasy series that is like nothing else I've ever read.

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Sea.fisher01

Beware of shadows bearing gifts.

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Sea.fisher01
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Ok so I went on a bit of an Amazon book bender the other night. I ordered this one after reading a review on #litsy! Can't wait to get started! #gardensofthemoon #amazon #bookbender #deweysreadathon #newbooksmell #collector #bookloversunite #yyjbooklovers #fantasy #series #stevenerikson #booktober

James Nice, enjoy. 5y
Maxxxpower64 I loved it. 5y
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Vinjii
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Very interesting start even if I did get a bit confused every now and then. If you're into epic fantasy and don't mind a ton of characters, extensive worldbuilding and being thrown into the middle without any explanation, then have at it. Fantasy on a truly epic scale. And the best thing? All books are out! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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moonlightwitch1
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Just started this - its good already, can't wait to see how the rest of the book is 🌞

Caz1 I just started myself 4y
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Vinjii
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I wanted to go to the library and get new books but she's curled up on my lap so I'll continue reading my current fantasy read. Everyone recommends the Malazan series and in the same sentence adds how difficult it is. Well, they weren't kidding.

Posemn Happy pup! 5y
BookishFeminist 🐶❤️!! 5y
Vinjii @Posemn I think she's secretly a cat 😍 5y
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Bookzombie 💕🐶 5y
StephBengtson What a sweet face. 🐶💕🤗 5y
DuckOfDoom Wanted to start that series for months now, but somehow i haven't gotten around to buy a copy 😔 5y
Vinjii @DuckOfDoom It's the most complex fantasy I've read so far but I think it's worth the investment. 5y
Baileeandme Adorable ❤️🐾 5y
night_shift So far, it's really good! 5y
Bette 🐶❤️ 5y
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