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Deadhouse Gates Library Binding – May 9 2008

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  • Library Binding: 843 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435270304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435270305
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steven Erikson returns to a world of awesome magic and harsh reality, unbelievable suffering and unexpected joy in Deadhouse Gates, the second tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Readers of the first book, Gardens of the Moon, will be familiar with some of the characters, including members of the Bridgeburners seeking to assassinate the Empress Laseen. But we also meet many new players, prominent among them participants in the Whirlwind, the prophesied revolt of the Seven Cities against the Malazan Empire. We follow the journeys and suffering of Felisin, a young girl betrayed into slavery by her sister, and of Coltaine, the Malazan Fist, who must lead his army across the desert while protecting 30,000 desperate refugees. We also come to know Duiker, the Imperial Historian, witness to events both inspirational and despicable.

Deadhouse Gates is a dark fantasy, with graphic and horrific violence. But the violence, often quite extreme, is not glorified--it's a direct consequence of the characters' decisions. The depth of historical background and complexity of plot separates Erikson's vision from most other large-scale fantasy series. His characters inhabit a world whose history stretches back tens of thousands of years, and the schemes they hatch are inspired by some ancient catastrophe as often as they're motivated by their own desires. The result is a novel that keeps the reader riveted for 900 pages, eager to find out what happens next. --Greg L. Johnson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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*Starred Review* The second of the projected 10 volumes of the Malazan Book of the Fallen raises the stakes set by Gardens of the Moon [BKL My 15 04]. From the Holy Desert Raraku, in the land of the Seven Cities, the seer Sha'ik sends her followers out on a holy war known as the Whirlwind. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the current violent Islamic jihad, but Erikson's scholarship is sufficiently thorough to enable him to avoid simpleminded likeness making. His imagination is also sufficient to bring the setting of the Seven Cities vividly to life, although his realism is rather literally gritty, including a great deal of sand and gravel that will inevitably recall for some readers a country in which American troops are now fighting. The opposition to the Whirlwind is varied but includes the inevitable mercenaries, limned in the manner that stems from David Drake's sf and in fantasy is practiced particular skillfully by Glen Cook. Erikson is making his dark characters and grisly battles very much his own, however, and fantasy readers with a strong appetite for world building and action ought to enjoy his efforts. Whether they'll stay for all 10 volumes is another matter, but so far, so good. Roland Green
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As I've been told and have read many times, the Malazan series only gets better as you delve into the second and third instalments. I'm disappointed to have to report that, so far, that isn't true.

While it still has passages of beauty, Erikson's prose has become a bit more spotty this time around. Perhaps it's because he wrote this sequel quite a while after Gardens of the Moon, and it took him a while to find his narrative groove again (as the last half of the book's narration feels much improved). Whatever the case, it was somewhat disappointing in comparison to the first book.

The biggest disappointment, however, is that nothing has really improved from a storytelling perspective. The characters are, for the most part, wooden and static. Others are just dreadful, and you spend most of your time wishing they'd die. Of course, in Erikson's Universe, there's no telling whether or not they would stay dead even if they were to be killed off. It's awful. Not only that, but each character arc is completely drawn out, to the point where you feel like nothing has really happened until the very end of the novel.

When all was said and done, there were some things that I did end up liking about the last fifth of the book. It isn't quite a one star novel, but I was still tempted to rate it as such due to my level of frustration with it. I can only hope that the third one will live up to what I've been told of it, as I am still not very invested in this world so far.
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Okay, in my review of GotM I said you'd keep reading, and if you are reading this it means either you did, or you are thinking about it. Think no longer, do it!
You really can describe this series like a motorcycle, it just keep accelerating to breakneck speeds.
This book takes place on an entirely different continent under Malazan rule, and concerns some new characters (amongst which is Ganoes Paran's youngest sister Felisin), but also has a few Bridgeburners (Kalam & Fiddler), and other known names from the 1st book (Apsalar/Sorry, Crokus, and Moby). While the scope of characters grows ever larger, so does the plot. It is in this book that you can see the slow and gentle weave of the story threads for the whole series. Like I have said in other reviews, Erikson is purposely using each subsequent book to make characters grow personally. Some complaints about GotM were that he doesn't spend the time to make you care about characters, but he TOTALLY is....he just didn't do it in one book. I think he knows he has 10 books to make this series, and to be honest with the complainers.....when you watch a two hour movie, do you fall in love with the personalities (or even KNOW them well) in the first 10 minutes? No sir, you do not. Example of how this works effectively. Fiddler in the first book was a fellow Sapper with Hedge, and they spent their time getting excited about munitions, and grumbling about soldiery ect. Not too much there right? Well that's because Fiddler takes a lead role in DHG and you get to know him down to his core in this book (and get to know Hedge in a similar fashion in the 3rd book Memories of Ice). He's taking his time, and I for one find that REFRESHING!
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Loving this series so far. You get thrown in the deep end right from the beginning, and it took me nearly the entire first book to really start enjoying the experience. Once you get past that point, things keep getting better and better.
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Absolutely breathtaking. No lame story plots or ready set characters for Erikson. Totally original, he takes his skill and obvious flare beyond the boundaries in this thrilling new book. The Chain of Dogs was simply wonderful, the brutality of it made it all the more exciting and the characters' point of view was a very nice touch in helping the reader understand the sequence of events.
The story never gets boring; you get to see all the heroes' flaws and villains' good sides. Also Erikson doesn't associate villains with black and darkness and all that other nonesense found in most books.
Well, that's it I guess. I recommend it to all readers up to a challenge. Never slows down but can get a bit complex - NOT FOR AMATEUR READERS!!!
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A great fantasy read!

Although Erikson's style and skill as a fantasy writer is evident throughout this entire series (and also in his short stories, "Blood Follows" and "The Healthy Dead"); I feel this is his finest writing achievement to date... let me elaborate a little.

As with his other books in this Malazan series, there are several story lines in this novel as well, but the main tale of Coltaine and his soldiers of the Seventh Malazan Army simply excels; this hopelessly outnumbered group tries to protect thousands of refugees while traveling vast distances across hostile terrain and against countless odds. It was to me, one of the truly stirring, written accounts of any epic journey... anywhere; one of those rare narratives that has the ability to sweep you up and almost make you a part of the story line. I was emotionally involved with the telling of this wonderfully drawn out tale and unashamedly distraught at it's end.

Some "side" stories (for example, Mappo and Icarium and also that of Fiddler and Kalam, to mention a couple) are nearly as good the main plot, with their own interesting twists and turns.

All in all, just great fantasy writing! If you love this genre, you simply must have this book. Highly recommended! 5 Stars (more if I could)
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