Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #2) - Steven Erikson8.12

Weakened by events in Darujhistan, the Malazan Empire teeters on the brink of chaos. In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha'ik gathers an army around her in preparation for the long-prophesied uprising named the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in its size and savagery, it will embroil the Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known: a maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust that will shape destinies and give birth to legends...

In the Otataral mines, Felisin, youngest daughter of the disgraced House of Paran, dreams of revenge against the sister who sentenced her to a life of slavery. Escape leads her to Raraku, where her soul will be reborn and her future made clear. The now-outlawed Bridgeburners, Fiddler and the assassin Kalam, have woved to return the once god-possessed Apsalar to her homeland, and to confront and kill the Empress Laseen, but events will overtake them too. Meanwhile Coltaine, the charismatic but untried commander of the Malaz 7th Army, will lead his battered, war-weary troops in a last, valiant running battle to save the lives of thirty thousand refugees and, in so doing, secure an illustrious place in the Empire's chequered history. And into this blighted land come two ancient wanderers, Mappo the Trell and his half-Jaghut companion, Icarium, bearers of a devastating secret that threatens to break free of its chains.

Set in a brilliantly realized world ravaged by anarchy and dark, uncontrollable magic, Deadhouse Gates is the thrilling, brutal second chapter in the monumental Malazan Book of the Fallen. A powerful, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and betrayal, it confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination and originality – a new master of epic fantasy.

"Erikson afflicts me with awe... vast in scope, almost frighteningly fecund in imagination, and rich in sympathy, his work does something that only the rarest of books can manage: it alters the reader's perceptions of reality." – Stephen R. Donaldson

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Release date: September 2000
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 8.12/10
Total ratings: 33
Updated: August 17, 2021

The Malazan Book of the Fallen :: Series

A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen is a ten books epic fantasy series written by author Steven Erikson. The scope and breadth of this series is so truly vast as to be unrivaled in the fantasy field today, mostly thanks to Erikson\'s finely crafted storytelling and his twenty years of experience in anthropology and archaeology.

Using mythology incarnate, vast legions of gods, mages, creatures, dragons, and humans play out the fate of the Malazan Empire, with action and battle scenes among the most brutal and exciting in fantasy, and the landscapes and cities among the most morose.

Belongs to the series Malazan World

The Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)8.26
Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #2)8.12
Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #3)8.82
House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #4)8.72
Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #5)9.40
The Bonehunters (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #6)9.04
Reaper's Gale (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #7)9.14
Toll the Hounds (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #8)9.52
Dust of Dreams (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #9)9.76
The Crippled God (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #10)9.80

Reviews

8/10 |
December 26, 2007
Great novel, but didn't quite earn the fifth star from me. Reading it took unusually long, the complex world (and especially it's vastly explained history) takes some concentration to comprehend. Erikson creates poetic descriptions even of the ...
10/10 |
October 23, 2007
Deadhouse Gates is the second book of the great Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. All I can say about this book is that you should read it as soon as possible, if you haven't read it already. Deadhouse Gates is an excellent fantasy book and it's epic high fantasy at its best!