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.....
Set in a brilliantly realized world ravaged by dark, uncontrollable magic, this thrilling novel of war, intrigue, and betrayal confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination, and originality - a new master of epic fantasy.
©2006 Steven Erikson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Give me the evocation of a rich, complex, and yet ultimately unknowable other world, with a compelling suggestion of intricate history and mythology and lore. Give me mystery amid the grand narrative. Give me a world in which every sea hides a crumbled Atlantis, every ruin has a tale to tell, every mattock blade is a silent legacy of struggles unknown. Give me, in other words, the fantasy work of Steven Erikson." (Andrew Leonard, Salon)
Everyone is asking for more audiobook versions in the Malazan fallen series. I went to Brilliance Audio website and they will have "House of Chains" ready for release in December this year, and then the next book in the spring. Steven Eriksons fans will be so happy-- well I know I will. It's also fun to listen to previous books again and hear all the things I miss the first time through. Hope the news cheers you up. i have over 600 books from audible and I love this series. What a great writer. These plot lines are varied and not superficial. Encourages thinking. A rare thing these days. Ralph Lister is a darn good narrator. Separate voices for each character makes the experience fun.
Is it just me or does it seem weird to be reading a review on an audio site? It is, that is why there is a record button for reviews......
I enjoyed listening to this book, but when I was finished I did not feel as excited about the story as I did following the conclusion of Gardens of the Moon. Where was my excitement? where was my thrill to listen to the next book? I enjoyed the story, I KNOW I enjoyed the story so what is it about listening to this audio book that left me feeling disjointed? The problem was the structure of the narration.
Ralph Lister did a good job in the narration of the story, as well as can be expected at least with one man performing so many different voices, if you are familiar with the story then you know what I mean. The problem comes from quite literally the lack of pauses in the narration between one part of the story to the next. One moment you are following the Chain of Dogs and with out a pause in the narration you are now following Sha'ik and the whirlwind. This had the effect of quite often pulling me out of the story as I had to focus on who I was now following in the story. A 2-3 second pause in the narration would have been enough to allow a transition from one group to another thereby allowing the listener to know that you are moving to different characters in the story.
I have read the Malazan book of the Fallen series from start to finish 3 times and this is my first listen of the audio books. I did enjoy the audio book and I will certainly listen to it again in the future but this is only because I have already read the series and know what is coming. Although the lack of a narrative break does pull me out of the story at times it is very easy for me to get right back into it because of this. For newcomers to the series though this will make this audio book very difficult to follow and become immersed in.
Hard question to answer. I have been eagerly awaiting this series on Audible because I enjoy epic fantasies more than any other genre. I have been buying each one of these book for my Dad after having read positive reviews, but I honestly do not have the time to read them. So I have chosen to simply listen to them every chance I get: early in the morning while fixing breakfast and while driving to work. I have found that I very much enjoy the performances of many of the narrators and they add a whole new dimension to these books.
Once I started to listen to Steven Erikson's work, I have found a few things: One, he has the most astounding dominion of the English language I have ever witnessed. He has a way of saying things in such a singular, insightful manner that you find yourself identifying with thoughts described in a way that you know EXACTLY what they mean and can remember feeling the same way but could have never put it in such perfect words. Two, it requires you undivided attention. The nature of these characters is that they all seem to be quite clever and intelligent. Dialogue is often oblique and nothing is said in a straightforward manner. I do not mean that the author has a baroque style. Rather, you have to read between the lines and make conclusions yourself about what is happening. Miss two sentences and you can be totally lost. This is impressive in a way, but also frustrating because, for me at least, it was often difficult to follow the story. I am not kidding when I say that I may have to listen to this (and the other books I have read from this author) three times or more. Three, although he has the most admirable dominion of the language, there is something wrong with the pacing of this and his other books that I have listened to. They do not follow the conventional buildup and climax that you find in other stories. This results in a book that may be exceptional in many ways, but not exciting.
I have also listened to "Gardens of the Moon" and "Forge of Darkness". I have found them all so far to suffer from the same problem with pacing, the lack of a satisfying climax. And yet they are all amazing stories that are complex and, above all, told in a truly exquisite and superior prose. Will I listen to any other of his books? Most likely. But after listening to "Deadhouse Gates", I definitely need a break and will listen to something that is not as heavy.
I don't think I can compare it to anything else. The longer epic fantasies that I have listened to or read, such as "Wheel of Time", "Sword of Truth", "Belgariad/Malloreon" are not as ambitious nor as majestically told. Those other series, however, are definitely easier to digest and great in their own way.
The narrator is great. I firmly believe that any good narrator adds another dimension to the story being read. He is good choosing voices for each character and complementing their personality with the delivery of the dialogue.
Impossible. I found myself needing to listen to this book in relatively short bites.
Betrayal Sorrow Loyalty
It is difficult to choose a single character, as each has his or hers own intertwining story line. To do so is, in my opinion, crass and presumptuous.
He is a great reader. One has to listen carefully though, as he tends to increase or decrease volume depending on character. I am able to follow characters on the voice alone.
Coltaine's and Duiker's death.
This series is dense, deep, rich and can be confusing if you're not paying attention. So many names, so many places and so many things going on. I would love to see the entire series on Audible (it would be nice to have a complete, long series ready to go!)
I can't say too much that's negative, it's just all good! Characters are memorable and you invest yourself in their stories. The plot seems pretty solid, although I have no idea where it's going, yet. The writing is quite good and at times you feel the language elevate you to more emotion than you probably want while sitting in an office, listening to a book. And its scale is epic. A nice, long listen.
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I haven't started it yet, but I can't wait. Thank you Audible for picking the second book up. I hope you get the rest soon.
The first book in the series gets fairly bad reviews from many for good reason: it's all plot and crazy location names. While the world is rich, it's so rich that it's nearly impossible to keep track of everyone and everywhere.
Anyway, I decided to read the second book to see why it gets better reviews, and I'm here to tell you it's because the people who don't like the first book don't read the second. The second is more of the same, and unlike the first, the middle of this book just keeps jumping around. Characters coming and going to random places with names of things and things that happened long ago when these people fought these creatures over that thing.
I thought the same thing for gardens of the moon, there were many times I had to go back a minute or two to see where the break between points of view was. About 30,70 split between old characters and new, so names and rolls were hard to follow for a few chapters. Over all I found the story more engaging and less wondering that the cost book though.
I cannot begin to express the mysterious imagination and creativity that has been put into this novel. I can't wait for the next eight books. the fist pumps from joyous surprises and incredible adventure giving to comedy, to tears etc., is everything one would expect after reading the first novel in this book series by Steven Erikson. it was a great ride. I await the new inventions and mysteries in this unique fantasy. Steven Erikson carved out for himself and I believe will be recognized as one of History's most imaginative and creative authors.
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