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In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha ik and her followers prepare for the long prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends


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  1. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Reread I just realized I m in love with Kalam too He can be my brother husband with Rake The prologue was cray But I had fun with Fiddler in chapter 1 Kalem s laugh rumbled from where he sat at the tiller Fiddler and water don t mix, lad Look at him, he s greener than that damned monkey of yours A sympathetic snuffling sound breathed against Fiddler s cheek He pried open one bloodshot eye to find a tiny, wizened face staring at him Go away, Moby, Fiddler croaked Then they got cha Reread I just realized I m in love with Kalam too He can be my brother husband with Rake The prologue was cray But I had fun with Fiddler in chapter 1 Kalem s laugh rumbled from where he sat at the tiller Fiddler and water don t mix, lad Look at him, he s greener than that damned monkey of yours A sympathetic snuffling sound breathed against Fiddler s cheek He pried open one bloodshot eye to find a tiny, wizened face staring at him Go away, Moby, Fiddler croaked Then they got chased by a crazy shapeshifting creature that looked like a big centipede Fiddler scrambled to the stern, crouching down beside Kalem The assassin straightened to face the dhenrabi, one hand on the tiller Soletaken Be on your way we care nothing for your passage I shall be merciful when killing you The creature rushed the barque from directly astern, cutting through the water like a sharp hulled ship It s jaws opened wide You were warned, Fiddler said as he raised the crossbow, aimed and fired The quarrel sped for the beast s open mouth Lightening fast, the dhenrabi snapped at the shaft, its thin, saw edged teeth slicing through the quarrel and shattering the clay ball, releasing to the air the powdery mixture within the ball The contact resulted in an instantaneous explosion that blew the Soletaken s head apart Then they talked for a minute and Fiddler shrugged Sonothing Just that He spat again over the side and slumped down The excitement made me forget my seasickness Now the excitement s faded, dammit The one thing I really didn t like about this book is that Rake wasn t in it And YES, I know he was over there and we were over here There were a lot of great characters in the book whether good or bad But my all time fav was Fiddler I just loved him There were some sad stuff There always is in these books But also in these books, people can be brought back So who ever knows I love Ralph Lister as the narrator because he can rock a book I did follow along in my physical copy for the most part I did zone out on some things but it s okay, that s what re reads are for Anyhoo, enjoyed it and that s all that matters Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List REVIEW


  2. Petrik Petrik says:

    4.5 5 starsColtaine, the Wickans, and the Chain of Dogs Enough said.People told me that when you re starting Malazan Book of the Fallen, it s mandatory to read at least two or three books in the series before finally deciding on giving up on the series One of the main reasons behind this is that Deadhouse Gates is considered one of the strongest installment within the series by the fans after Memories of Ice and The Bonehunters Now that I ve read Deadhouse Gates, I finally understand why peop 4.5 5 starsColtaine, the Wickans, and the Chain of Dogs Enough said.People told me that when you re starting Malazan Book of the Fallen, it s mandatory to read at least two or three books in the series before finally deciding on giving up on the series One of the main reasons behind this is that Deadhouse Gates is considered one of the strongest installment within the series by the fans after Memories of Ice and The Bonehunters Now that I ve read Deadhouse Gates, I finally understand why people insist newcomers on continuing to the second book first However, please do check your expectation Despite how much I loved this installment, I m actually slightly disappointed with how it turns outdetail on this further down below Picture Deadhouse Gates by Marc Simonetti Deadhouse Gates is the second book in The Malazan Book of the Fallen series Unlike your typical sequel, this islike a standalone sequel featuring almost a completely new set of characters in a totally different continent with a brand new self contained main story The story of the book revolves around the rebellion in the Seven Cities, the first book storyline was in Genabackis Although this installment felt denser to read, it also has 70kwords, and arguablycomplex than Gardens of the Moon, in my opinion the story was significantly much easier to follow than its predecessor Erikson sang his dark chorus to color the tone of the book with a bleakly crimson tone, his melody of doom never cease to expand If you re in the mood for a hopeful book, this isn t the time for you to read this one Deadhouse Gates is a much darker book in every way possible compared to GotM I honestly feel like this book can be described as a gradual slow descent into palpable despair and madnessChildren are dying Lull nodded That s a succinct summary of humankind, I d say Who needs tomes and volumes of history Children are dying The injustices of the world hide in those three wordsI found my experience of reading this book to be much better than before I loved it One of the things that I wish was done better in GotM was the characterizations I felt like it was a bit imbalance there Erikson delivers what I wanted with the characterizations here The characterizations were superb, feelings feltfleshed out and well delivered too It s true that almost all the characters are new here, with only a few characters from the first book being featured However, the new characters whether you love or hate them were so damn engaging and compelling to read We have Icarium and Mappo s friendship, the despicable Felisin, and of course, we have Duiker s storyline Duiker s POV was easily the best part of the book for me and anyone who has read this book will know why Spectacular character developments aside, it was because of the new character inclusion, Coltaine Without spoiling anything for you, all I can say is that there s no way you won t be inspired by Coltaine s actions Coltaine, like Anomander Rake, didn t even have a POV for the readers to follow and yet he managed to completely stole the spotlight We follow Coltaine s journey the majority of the time from Duiker s perspectives and you know what That s totally okay with me Like Duiker and Coltaine s soldiers, I m content with being left in awe and astonished at the superhuman feat he s doing with his Chain of Dogs The gradual loyalty and respect he achieved through his actions will be something the reader and I always remember Actions speak louder than words, and Coltaine proved thatIt is one thing to lead by example with half a dozen soldiers at your back It is wholly another with ten thousandI also mentioned in my GotM review that the conclusion of the action felt quite anti climactic, especially after having such an epic scope But by Hood s gates, Erikson s actions here were bloody awesome and intricately written Honestly speaking, so far Erikson hasn t really delivered a great close quarter combat but when it comes to a grand battle and epic scale actions, Erikson is simply top notch Rain of mayhem, the vivid setting of bloody carnage the action scenes were like an inevitable avalanche I m utterly amazed by the maelstrom of sorcery and all the calamity that occurred.This paragraph will be a long rant Do you want to know why this book doesn t receive a full 5 stars rating from me There was actually only one minor issue I had with the book, it s that there was too much Felisin s POV to read However, the main reason why I m not enjoying this installment that much here we go was because of spoilers To the fans who have spoiled me on the biggest event of the book, fuck you There was one memorable scene that I ve been told to have broken the reader s heart and soul it didn t really happen to me because I ve been spoiled on the event itself heavily SEVERAL TIMES To make things even worse, I already know one of the major events coming in the next book thanks once again to the extremely knowledgeable fans for spoiling me, no one even asked any question Malazan fanatics seriously deserves an award for being the biggest assholes, they lived up to their title for shoving their Malazan knowledge down people s throat without people asking here me bestowing the title Malazan mind rape to this of kind of action Oh, you didn t ask for spoilers I ll force it down your throat boy Let me say this, I absolutely don t fucking care about your understanding and knowledge on any series if you re going to spoil me I ve mentioned this countless times, spoilers ruin my reading experience a LOT For newcomers of this series, let me suggest that every time you see the word Malazan in any kind of discussion, just scroll through it Trust me, I guarantee you there will be unasked and unmarked spoilers Also, DO NOT CHECK the cover art for Deadhouse Gates Subterranean Edition or the Spanish edition To the art director, fuck you too Yes, the art director is so damn smart and ignorant that he she decided to make sure the cover depicts the most impactful and the biggest event of the book Genius, genius, fuck you End rant hereThe lesson of history is that no one learnsOverall though, despite my rant once again on the fanatics of the series, I do have to give the benefit of the doubt to this book because even though my reading experience was downgraded because of the major spoiler, the overall content of the book was hauntingly vivid and memorable Deadhouse Gates is truly a stunning and bloodily bleak sequel Erikson doesn t hold back with his punches and I envisioned any newcomer to this book will definitely feel heart wrenched and mesmerized I will continue immediately to Memories of Ice, a book that s been acclaimed by the fans as the best or the second best installment of the series and I hope I ll feel the same about it.You can order the book HERE You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions


  3. Samir Samir says:

    We are all lone souls It pays to know humility, lest the delusion of control, of mastery, overwhelms And, indeed, we seem a species prone to that delusion, again and ever againIf you have read The Gardens of the Moon you are aware that it was a complex and somewhat perplexing read, that it had a colossal set of characters and that the unraveling the yarn of story threads was a tremendous reward Deadhouse Gates follows those footsteps and delivers another monumental tale, a taleWe are all lone souls It pays to know humility, lest the delusion of control, of mastery, overwhelms And, indeed, we seem a species prone to that delusion, again and ever againIf you have read The Gardens of the Moon you are aware that it was a complex and somewhat perplexing read, that it had a colossal set of characters and that the unraveling the yarn of story threads was a tremendous reward Deadhouse Gates follows those footsteps and delivers another monumental tale, a tale that will captivate you right from the beginning and take you on an epic journey you will never forget.The story picks up right after the events of GotM but we are no longer on the continent of Genabackis, our journey in the Malazan world continues in the Seven Cities of the Malazan Empire.The Empire is on the brink of rebellion, hanging in the balance of a long prophesied war, an uprising known as Whirlwind, led by the prophetess Sha ik from the Holy Desert of Raraku, that will free the Seven Cities of the Malazan usurpers Malazan forces are placed under the command of the legendary Coltaine of the Crow Clan of the Wickans, a warlord who once led a rebellion against the former emperor Kellanved Events that follow are a part of the story arc named Chain of Dogs Chain of Dogs is on another level, it is so strong that it can be perceived as a book within a book It is a powerful tale that vividly expresses all aspects of war, a tale with outstanding and unique battle sequences and aftermath which will ensure your emotional involvement It is a capstone of Deadhouse Gates that thrives in delivering scenes of astonishing power and stunning imagery Meanwhile, familiar characters from the GotM along with a couple of new faces are on a personal quest of their own, providingdepth to the story and giving a wider scope to the plot whilst moving it forward Storylines are interwoven in a rich tapestry of seemingly diverse threads, laid before us at the end of the book, as a sight to behold The immense detail of Erikson s world building is sublime history, culture, religion, artefacts, ruins and atmosphere are all equally represented elements of an intricate painting that is forming in our mind as we read along Erikson s writing and humanizing of characters provokes a full spectrum of emotions Characters are exceptionally written and they are the beating heart of this book, a heart that will synchronize with yours and form a strong, emotional bond which will affect your state of mind This is book is going to take a special place on my favorites shelf, and I will, of course, continue to immerse myself in the epic world of MalazanWe are not simple creatures You dream that with memories will come knowledge, and from knowledge, understanding But for every answer you find, a thousand new questions arise All that we are has lead us to where we are, but tells us little of where we re going Memories are a weight you can never shrug off


  4. TS Chan TS Chan says:

    For those who have read Gardens of the Moon and thought it was relatively tame for a grimdark fantasy series, Deadhouse Gates will change your mind This sequel took the series to new heights and was also when I begun to wholly understand Erikson s opening quote in the debut The grimness, violence and brutality in this book made me rethink of how I viewed A Song of Ice and Fire The events at the end of Gardens of the Moon saw the Bridgeburners splitting up, with the bulk of squad remaining on For those who have read Gardens of the Moon and thought it was relatively tame for a grimdark fantasy series, Deadhouse Gates will change your mind This sequel took the series to new heights and was also when I begun to wholly understand Erikson s opening quote in the debut The grimness, violence and brutality in this book made me rethink of how I viewed A Song of Ice and Fire The events at the end of Gardens of the Moon saw the Bridgeburners splitting up, with the bulk of squad remaining on Genabackis with Dujek Onearm and Whiskeyjack to face the threat of the Pannion Domin Meanwhile Fiddler and Kalam headed off to Seven Cities, where the Bridgeburners were forged, and which is on the brink of rebellion as the Seventh Year of Dryjhna, the Apocalypse, approaches When the Book of Dryjhna is delivered into the hands of the Sha ik, the spirit of the goddess will embody this prophetess and the Whirlwind together with the rebellion will rise Seven Cities portray a landscape of bleakness and despair that seem to seep into the very bones of this ancient civilization Bones buried so deep and underneath so many layers of cities on top of cities that its very air evoked antiquity and the scent of a bloody history Amidst this desolate backdrop, and echoing its refrain of grief, loss and regret were five different storylines moving in tandem across this sub continent as well as the Holy Desert of Raraku Two of these arcs eventually coincided with the endgame of reaching a gate where the convergence of a host of dangerous shapeshifters was taking place at the same time The subplots in Gardens of the Moon appear almost simplistic in comparison to Deadhouse Gates Fortunately, the writing in this instalment was tighter that in spite of its numerous arcs the narrative was discernibly better and somehow flowsnaturally between the different points of view And while we have the familiar faces of Fiddler, Kalam, Crokus and Apsalar formerly known as Sorry , we were onceintroduced to a substantial number of new characters right from the Prologue I will refrain from detailing every single subplot or new fascinating characters but instead highlight the ones which made this book so incredible for meIcarium, oh, dear friend, I can tell you nothing My curse is silence to your every question, and the hand I offer as a brother will lead you only into deceit In love s name, I do this, at my own cost and such a costThe compassionate tale of Mappo and Icarium was one of unbending love and friendship that grew and solidified from a duty set upon the shoulders of the young Trell over a millennia ago A duty that now seeks to protect a dear friend who is loved as a brother, from the very thing that he has been seeking for thousands of years cataclysmic lost memories which may well be the undoing of this gentle and wise half Jhag Thus it was the search of such knowledge that brought this legendary pair to seek the gate located within the Holy Desert The ferocity of Mappo s appearance belies his gentle nature and his regretful introspection was just simply heartbreakingThe Chain of Dogs Coltaine s Chain of Dogs He leads, yet is led, he strains forward, yet is held back, he bares his fangs, yet what nips at his heels if not those he is sworn to protect I didn t use to be a fan of military plotlines but my absolute favourite arc in this book was that of the Chain of Dogs This was told from the POV of Duiker, an ex soldier now Imperial Historian, who followed Coltaine, war leader of the Wickan clans and newly appointed commander of the Seventh tasked to save the lives of the Malazans from the Seven Cities rebellion Coltaine s Seventh and his Wickan clans trudged through the bleak, hot and dry sub continent of Seven Cities for months under relentless pursuit from the army of the Apocalypse, with an unimaginably vast winding train of Malazan refugees under their protection that just keeps growing Duiker, as the Imperial Historian, was meant to record and later recount the events and as such, was many times placed close to the battles front lines to witness the brutal and momentous clashes His ruminations on the savagery of war and the hopelessness of Coltaine s mission painted a very harsh, cruel and tragic view War and death just do not discriminateI ll never return to the List of the Fallen, because I see now that the unnamed soldier is a gift The named soldier dead, melted wax demands a response among the living. a response no one can make Names are no comfort, they re a call to answer the unanswerable Why did she die, not him Why do the survivors remain anonymous as if cursed while the dead are revered Why do we cling to what we lose while we ignore what we still hold Name none of the fallen, for they stood in our place and stand there still in each moment of our lives Let my death hold no glory, and let me die forgotten and unknown Let it not be said that I was one among the dead to accuse the living The battle scenes were superbly written with impressive military and sorcery tactics Erikson s writing here has a cinematic quality that created breathtaking visuals of contrasting raw beauty and gruesomeness To top it all off, the important characters in this arc were well written and had me irrevocably and emotionally attached Erikson has also yet again created a charismatic character that inspired reverence, in a way similar to Anomander Rake a leader that was enigmatic, proud, extremely capable and honourable And that is, Coltaine At its core, the Chain of Dogs was a mighty tale of courage, loyalty, honour, compassion and dignity in the face of futility and hopelessness, and of betrayal of the highest order The emotions that raged in me while reading ran the gamut from awe and empathy to utter sorrow and despair to stunned outrage and disbelief This stupendously written storyline has a denouement that was probably among the most emotionally powerful ones I ve ever read in any book With this I can say that from hereon, I ve been ensnared by the chains of Malazan Book of the Fallen.You can purchase the book from Book Depository Free Shipping You can find this and my other reviews at Novel Notions.


  5. Choko Choko says:

    5 A second read with the FBR gang Second time around and although I knew what was going to happen, this time I hademotional fortitude to catch all the little details without freaking out about the action Strongly recommend this series to everyone 5 A catch up buddy read with the Grim Dark Fantasy Fans BB B I always write my reviews immediately after I finish reading a book, because I am not a literary reviewer, I am just a book addict who tries to save my overall imp 5 A second read with the FBR gang Second time around and although I knew what was going to happen, this time I hademotional fortitude to catch all the little details without freaking out about the action Strongly recommend this series to everyone 5 A catch up buddy read with the Grim Dark Fantasy Fans BBB I always write my reviews immediately after I finish reading a book, because I am not a literary reviewer, I am just a book addict who tries to save my overall impression of the story right away, while it is fresh in my mind Having just finished this second installment in the Malazan Empire, I am feeling emotionally wiped out and physically exhausted I don t believe I can do this work justiceWe are all lone souls It pays to know humility, lest the delusion of control, of mastery, overwhelms And indeed, we seem a species prone to that delusion, again and ever againThere are countless amazing and informative reviews out there, and just as with my other favorite major Fantasy series, I will not even attempt to delve into the plot The beauty of any Epic Fantasy is in committing yourself to follow the numerous timelines, the astounding amount of characters, and just as many plot lines and settings, while putting together the pieces of this alien and imaginative world A world imagined, but oh so real in the way it affects your soulFor all that scholars tried, Duiker knew there was no explanation possible for the dark currents of human thought that roiled in the wake of bloodshedI have always thought of the Fantasy Genre as a canvas which gives you the freedom to reflect the best and worst of humanity in a way in which we can separate ourselves from the villains and try to emulate the heroes We can see the character weaknesses and try to mold ourselves into something better It is a genre so far away from us, but yet so close to our humanity, that it isof a window to our core being only presented in a manner easier for us to swallow I am well aware thatDeadhouse Gates is a Grim Dark Fantasy and not much is usually expected from the genre apart from blood, guts, and a ton of characters dying And we have a ton of this here, but I experienced it as muchthan that Maybe I read to much into it, but this is what I feel right nowWhen I said ferocity I meant a miasma of chaos But I will grant you that terror thrives equally well in orderTo me, Steven Erikson, who has created this amazing world of layers of Humans, Elder and Newer G DS, Ascendants, different Races varying in longevity and physiology, all set in drastically different continents and parallel realities with levels of Magical influence, has written an expose on the human capacity for self destruction and inability to learn as a group from our previous experiences Not only inability, but at times the willful ignorance of our history, which makes us victims to our worse nature in perpetuityMortality s many comforting layers had been stripped away, revealing wracked bones, a sudden comprehension of death that throbbed like an exposed nerveThe devastation of war and seemingly endless feuds with enemies of long ago, the suffering of those who have no say in their Faiths, the helpless agony of the old, weak, poor, young, disadvantaged, and the seeking of even a temporary oblivion in hurtful ways are all strikingly and vividly portrayed starting with the first chapter It sets the mood for the book until the end Just when you think that the sustained pain and anguish have made you numb to it, the author findsways to strike at your heart and make you remember every dark moment of dispair you have lived through, just so you can at least partially empathize with a fraction of what the characters are going through Although the visual effect of some of thegruesome scenes were shocking, the moments which truly tore at my soul were the very few moments of fleeting vulnerability which were so masterfully placed in the seas of violence, that I don t believe I could ever forget them I cried I cried at 3 sentences which were so out of left field, that I could not even stop the tears streaming down my cheeks in order not to upset my housemates Had to run to the bathroom and sob, wash up and give myself time to compose some semblance of normal upon my person Having read the first book in the series, I was not prepared for the debt of emotion and substance this book had in its content And I am grateful for every crumb of itAll those tomes you ve read, those other thoughts from other men, other women Other times How does a mortal make answer to what his or her kind are capable of Does each of us, soldier or no, reach a point when all that we ve seen, survived, changes us inside Irrevocably changes us What do we become, then Less human, orhuman Human enough, or too humanThe other thing that really impressed me was having two Historians as leading characters They were not perfect heroes, they were very much as normal as they can be under the circumstances, but boy, do their tales pack a punch There were whole passages I wanted to quote, but it would be to much and I will encourage everyone who is a fan of Fantasy, Adventure or Military Fiction to find the time to devote to this series and discover it for themselves It is very dense in prose so it needs someconcentration, but it is totally worth it I can t wait to delve into the next book right awaySuch are memories in full flood We are not simple creatures You dream that with memories will come knowledge, and from knowledge, understanding But for every answer you find, a thousand new questions arise All that we were has led us to where we are, but tells us little of where we re going Memories are a weight you can never shrug offNow I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a good book


  6. Merphy Napier Merphy Napier says:

    I really connected with these characters, maybe eventhan the ones from book one It was compelling and exciting, as well has heartbreaking and very difficult to read at times I certainly feelattached at this point But the world is still confusing as all get out and I honestly have no idea what s going on half the time.I think I m enjoying this series but truthfully I m not entirely sure yet On to the next one I guess haha.


  7. Mayim de Vries Mayim de Vries says:

    Epilogue And I am knocked down to my knees Or lower Chapter 24 Before you knock to the Deadhouse Gates, make sure you are ready for what awaits you there Chapter 23 Again and again, we cling to the foolish belief that simple solutions exist.Chapter 22 It is not the Empire s soldiers the Empress cannot afford to lose, it is its memory.Chapter 21 The roar from Aren s walls had stilled Now only silence held the air Let silence tell this tale Coltaine Chapter 20 Hello Uncle Cotillion Epilogue And I am knocked down to my knees Or lower Chapter 24 Before you knock to the Deadhouse Gates, make sure you are ready for what awaits you there Chapter 23 Again and again, we cling to the foolish belief that simple solutions exist.Chapter 22 It is not the Empire s soldiers the Empress cannot afford to lose, it is its memory.Chapter 21 The roar from Aren s walls had stilled Now only silence held the air Let silence tell this tale Coltaine Chapter 20 Hello Uncle Cotillion Say hi to the good old barkeeper at Smiley s Chapter 19 The Wickans The Wickans The Wickans Chapter 18 Knock, knock.Who s there Adore.Adore who Adore to the deadhouse is between us Open up Chapter 17 There are gifts, there s this that must be earned and there is a big tasty lizard as a bonus Chapter 16 It occurs to me that sappers are Erickson s absolutely favourite formation, and the captainless sapper squad is at least as awe inspiring in their madness as the Bridgeburners Chapter 15Words were numbers were codes were formulae Word her secret maps, the measuring of paces, the patterns of mortal minds, of histories, of cities, of continents, of warrens Chapter 14 Please note that I knew it already in Chapter 3 Chapter 13 Kalam, let me warren you Never underestimate a woman in love on your trail Chapter 12 This frontline research and wartime participant observation beat any fieldwork I have ever done Chapter 11 Claws versus Talons, who do you bet for A life given for a life taken And another 1300 lives with eyes like love s prism.Chapter 10 unyielding avatars of the impossible What a battle Chapter 9 Mud party Or perhaps a mad party Either way, the pain is eternal Chapter 8 Pleasures with attachments and powers unattached I don t know what isdangerous Chapter 7 The quest for the broom 10 to prophecy resilience Beware of the god s hand in the desert Chapter 6 Freedom won at the cost of everything is just another form of slavery Chapter 5 An aha moment, but can I say with a smug that I have seen the shadow of this asencdancy already strolling through the gardens of the moon Chapter 4 A Kruppesque apparition with a circus of flying monkeys Also, if writing replaces memory, then reading replaces feelings Be warned Chapter 3 Felisin, I empathise, but an Otataral sword you are not Only a victim of the apocalypse Chapter 2 This book takes us to a lovely land of fanatical dreamers where every meal could be your last and people smile only when they are about to kill you.Chapter 1 Confused dot com Who are these people Wait, I don t care except for Fiddler with whom I might run adopt a cat cafe Prologue Knock, knock, knocking on Deadhouse Gates I am not going to even pretend that I could in any way give a pale shadow of justice to this book or indeed a whole series in a proper review There are many better than me, here on Goodreads and many of those I m lucky to have among my friends , who managed to grasp and convey the sheer brilliance of what awaits those who open the Malazan Book of the Fallen All I can give you is a chapter breakdown of my own knocking at the Deadhouse Gates.The Malazan Book of the Fallen 1 Gardens of the Moon 3 Memories of Ice 4 House of Chains 5 Midnight Tides 6 The Bonehunters 7 Reaper s Gale 8 Toll the Hounds9 Dust of Dreams and the third star is a testament to my generosity 10 The Crippled God


  8. Markus Markus says:

    Seven Cities was an ancient civilization, steeped in the power of antiquity, where Ascendants once walked on every trader track, every lost road between forgotten places It was said the sands hoarded power within their susurrating currents, that every stone had soaked up sorcery like blood, and that beneath every city lay the ruins of countless other cities, older cities, cities that went back to the First Empire itself It was said each city rose on the backs of ghosts, the substance of spiriSeven Cities was an ancient civilization, steeped in the power of antiquity, where Ascendants once walked on every trader track, every lost road between forgotten places It was said the sands hoarded power within their susurrating currents, that every stone had soaked up sorcery like blood, and that beneath every city lay the ruins of countless other cities, older cities, cities that went back to the First Empire itself It was said each city rose on the backs of ghosts, the substance of spirits thick like layers of crushed bone that each city forever wept beneath the streets, forever laughed, shouted, hawked wares and bartered and prayed and drew first breaths and the last breaths that announced death Beneath the streets there were dreams, wisdom, foolishness, fears, rage, grief, lust and love and bitter hatred The Whirlwind is rising in the Holy Desert of Raraku In the heart of the continent of Seven Cities, Sha ik the Seer prepares her people for the greatest and bloodiest rebellion in living memory And the task of protecting and evacuating thirty thousand Malazan refugees falls into the hands of the Wickan warlord Coltaine, handpicked by Empress Laseen herself Deadhouse Gates was in most aspects every bit as good as the first book in the series It was a bit boring on occasion, and could probably have benefited from being significantly shorter, but all in all, it was an enjoyable book The introduction was great, the journey to a new continent was intriguing, and the last part of the book was definitely the best part of this series so far, even if it left me as an emotional wreck.All my favourite characters from the last book are absent in this one, but that actually proved to be a positive thing, as some of the new characters being introduced are outright amazing Here is Duiker the old historian, a character reminiscent of the one and only Croaker from the Chronicles of the Black Company Here is Gesler the Malazan corporal, a mysterious soldier who just happens to be wherever the action is Here is Iskaral Pust, a High Priest of Shadow And Mappo and Icarium, wanderers on a search for lost memories And last, but certainly not least, here is Coltaine, the Wickan general who leads the Seventh army in a running battle across a continent.In addition to that solid bunch, this book also sees several key characters from the last one becoming drasticallyinteresting We meet several of the Bridgeburners again, a few intriguing Ascendants are running around manipulating things, and I finally got myself a new favourite character in this series the ruler of the Malazan Empire herself.I had a few minor issues with this one that didn t impact my opinion of the book as a whole much, but should at least be mentioned Firstly, it was ridiculously violent Some of the things the rebels of Seven Cities did to men, women and children of Malazan origin were so outrageously disgusting you ll want to raze their entire continent to the ground And it was also really, really tragic Those of you who thought Golden Son had a horrible ending should try reading this Be warned, people If you can stomach tons of violence and the risk of losing your loved ones, however, The Malazan Book of the Fallen is a treasure waiting to be discovered Malazan Book of the Fallen reviews1 Gardens of the Moon 2 Deadhouse Gates 3 Memories of Ice 4 House of Chains 5 Midnight Tides 6 The Bonehunters 7 Reaper s Gale 8 Toll the Hounds 9 Dust of Dreams 10 The Crippled God


  9. Orient Orient says:

    Phew, I did it I finished Deadhouse Gates For some time I thought I ll never finish it D So if you re past shock as I am, we can continue Like GotM, this book shines with complexity I found a multilayered story following a couple of story lines, a bunch of new characters and the famous Erikson s style with unexpected twist, cliffhangers A real treat In fact I had a small shock as DG left almost all the characters from the first book behind in favor of a different story set on a di Phew, I did it I finished Deadhouse Gates For some time I thought I ll never finish it D So if you re past shock as I am, we can continue Like GotM, this book shines with complexity I found a multilayered story following a couple of story lines, a bunch of new characters and the famous Erikson s style with unexpected twist, cliffhangers A real treat In fact I had a small shock as DG left almost all the characters from the first book behind in favor of a different story set on a different continent I must confess, it was difficult sometimes to sort everything out as a lot of stuff was happening at the same time I was definitely and still am surprised how lot s of things turned out The storyline I m not into the military stuff a lot and I m glad that this book wasn t soaked in it The fighting, the battles and the various forms of fighters were great and detailed with grit and amazing Erikson s imagination There were times when I read page after page and thought Oh wow, cliffhanger after cliffhanger The storyline wasfocused There were not so many new characters, so I didn t have to check everybody every five pages Also the time for the story to unravel is bigger That helped the characters and the story line What struck me the most is that the story felt so real with interesting facts, some back stories, great flawed characters, lots of twists, action of course and cool magical aspects I ll name the cute deadly butterflies, a cool ghost ship, various mages and a lotThe story is mostly great The last couple of chapters..wow, it was brutal with some witty spices If you want to know how I felt, just see the pic above The peculiar thing is that the story is emotionally exhausting a bit Sometimes I felt like after a long tiring day in an office I had some tiring work days indeed and it annoyed me a bit cause a book should ease the tension It left me struggling to keep up Maybe the problem I had with the book is that I read it a bit pell mell due to my busy time The characters I liked the story mostly for the characters as I fell for most of them Ugh, I know that Erikson likes to butcher his characters, but what I felt in this book.Oh my, great characters died S Erikson s skill in creating most of characters and the history to the landscapes his characters must travel, helped a lot to love this book Of course Fiddler, Crokus, Apsalar and Kalam had my biggest interest My Deadly Calm, view spoiler Kalam hide spoiler was the character I liked the most in this book It was awesome following him, as he incited great changes, met a great BFF, found love and fought some great fights Also it was great to know that The Chosen One, view spoiler Apsalar hide spoiler reached one of her goals.I enjoyed meeting The Pokeman, view spoiler Pust hide spoiler , he s such a great and unique character Omg, his struggle with bhok arala was so funny D Definitely complex and really entertaining characterYou two are sick as undercooked pigs Servant has prepared your chambers And broths of healing herbs, roots, potions and elixirs White Paralt, emulor, tralb Those are poisons, Mappo pointed out Are they No wonder the pig died It s almost time, shall we prepare to ascend The same can be said for Icarium and Mappo, they had witty and intriguing episodes and the tension was great view spoiler Unfortunately nothing changed in their relationship hide spoiler Also I wantedof the Red Blade, view spoiler Lostara hide spoiler , I felt like she was left too early Heboric was a great character too I liked his secretive aura and his unique holy personality view spoiler In fact I thought that I ll get some explanations about his former life as priest and what were his ties with the mysterious god, Fener hide spoiler Onecharacter which needs to be mentioned, is Fellows sin, view spoiler Felisin hide spoiler I must confess I didn t like her from the start and still don t like her At the beginning I felt pity for her, then it was disgust time and her mind blowing time was quite short as I wantedglimpses to see what kind of person she became Oh and Gesler was really funny, too He s worth to have his witty star houroftenAs you say, Lull muttered Get on with you now, Corporal, you re almost as ugly as me and it s turning my stomach Gotthan a few spare Tiste Andii eyes if you d like to try one out for a fitting, sir Last chance I ll pass, Corporal, but thanks for the offer You know, Commander, Gesler said a moment before stepping into the boat, I just noticed between you and the captain you got three eyes and three ears and almost a whole head of hair Bult swung around to glare at the corporal Your point Nothing Just noticing, sir It just the beginning for view spoiler Icarium, Mappo, Heboric and Felisin hide spoiler , so I don t really mind to wait for my next read in Malazan, I hope the next book will satisfy my need to knowabout them and give a great playdate as one of the strongest sides of GotM was the depth of characters and I longed for that in DG.I had some ups and downs with the kids issue in DG There were such moments as pAt s and the boys scene, which melted my heart and made me teary pAt is cool, luv ya girly and moments when I disliked Erikson for hurting the kids, ugh.I d be a lie to say that I didn t like this book I liked it a lot, but it wasn t so mind blowing like GotM DG has great features of epic fantasy It definitely has some great characters and a complex realistic multilayered story that can hook up


  10. John John says:

    Deadhouse Gates is the second book in The Malazan Book of the Fallen series As I neared the end of this novel, I had this realization Steven Erikson understands epic fantasy in a unique and interesting way To understand what I mean, let s consider a few issues A big decision that any writer has to make involves the point of view character It s important to have someone in this role who is actually going to be present at all important events, a convention which in the past has led to fiction Deadhouse Gates is the second book in The Malazan Book of the Fallen series As I neared the end of this novel, I had this realization Steven Erikson understands epic fantasy in a unique and interesting way To understand what I mean, let s consider a few issues A big decision that any writer has to make involves the point of view character It s important to have someone in this role who is actually going to be present at all important events, a convention which in the past has led to fictional heroes who are virtually the center of the universe other characters may exist and earn our interest, but everything really hangs on what so and so does Right back to Frodo and the ring yes, we get into what s going on at Minas Tirith, but we know it s all for naught if Frodo doesn t succeed and evenso in the early successors Thomas Covenant and a succession of Shannara brats, for instance One way to get around this limitation, common in epic fantasy today, is shifting perspectives This is great, allowing for a larger scope without unrealistic expectations on one character being present for everything and rathermulti polar storytelling Erikson and I don t mean to imply that he s the only one doing this goes one better not only do we have a large cast of point of view characters, none of them really manages to assume paramount imortance A question like who s the main character loses meaning in The Malazan Book of the Fallen series.Because of this, when reading Deadhouse Gates, one might conclude that the story is basically independent of the first book in the series, Gardens of the Moon We have some overlapping characters, but not that many or even really featured all that prominently Probably, one could jump into the series here without having read the first book and not be all that lost However, as the plot threads of this novel come together, it seems clear that Erikson is, in fact, weaving a truly epic tapestry in which everything interrelates, but on such a grand scale that we seem at first glance to be reading two almost entirely separate stories.Certainly, a large number of our characters from the first novel are completely ignored and a host of others introduced, but it seems clear that this is all coming together in the form of an epic fantasy of what will end up being thousands and thousands of pages, covering at least two separate continents this impression is only reinforced by peeking ahead at the dust jacket of the next novel in the series.So, what do we have here We have the tale of some renegade soldiers crossing a continent to attempt to assassinate an empress for the good of the empire we have an uprising against the empire by a prophetess in vast desert we have an imperial general fighting a desperate running battle for months to save imperial refugees from this uprising we have a girl who has been betrayed by her sister in an imperial purge of the nobility, and said girl s fight for survival with her companions and her quest for vengeance against the sister who betrayed her Beyond that are other smaller stories that weave in and out, and even some of these look tantalizingly like they could be developed at a later date or simply add to the rich fabric of the world Erikson is weaving.All in all, quite a good read and I look forward to continuing this series