House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #4) - Steven Erikson8.72

In Northern Genabackis, just before the events recounted in Gardens of the Moon, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc among the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove an extraordinary destiny.

Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Coltaine, revered commander of the Malaz 7th Army, is dead. And now Tavore, eldest sister to Ganoes Paran and Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of Seven Cities. Untested and new to command, she must hone a small army of twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits, into a viable fighting force and lead them into battle against the massed hordes of Sha´ik's Whirlwind. Her only hope lies in resurrecting the shattered faith of the few remaining survivors from Coltaine's legendary march, now veterans one and all.

In distant Raraku, in the heart of the Holy Desert, the seer Sha´ik waits with her rebel army. But waiting is never easy. Her disparate collection of warlords – tribal chiefs, High Mages, a renegade Malazan Fist and his sorcerer – is locked in a vicious power struggle that threatens to tear the rebellion apart from within. And Sha´ik herself suffers, haunted by the private knowledge of her nemesis, Tavore... her own sister.

So begins this awesome new chapter in Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen – an epic novel of war, intrigue, magic and betrayal from a writer regarded as one of the most original, imaginative and exciting storytellers in fantasy today.

"This is true myth in the making, a drawing upon fantasy to to recreate histories and legends as rich as any found within our culture"
– Interzone

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Release date: December 2002
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 8.72/10
Total ratings: 25
Updated: August 20, 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

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10/10 |
October 23, 2007
House of Chains if the fourth book of Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. It's amazing how good a writer Steven Erikson is. This book is just as good as the previous three books. I loved this book. If you haven't read House of Chains, you should read it as soon as possible.