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)
It would be hard to top Gardens of the Moon and this doesn't quite do it, but it is still a superb fantasy read. There is a good mix of new characters and returning characters. The return of Bridgeburners Fiddler and Kalam make the start of the story more enjoyable as there is some continuity between the first and second books. Mappo and Icarium are great new characters and their story throughout the book is an amazing trail of discovery. Once again, the world that Erikson creates is immense and it is unfathomable how Erikson makes it all come together. As with the first book, Lister's narration makes the story feel that much more believable.
I am very happy to see that Brilliance Audio will be releasing books 4 - 10 on audio periodically over the next two years. I hope there is no delay in Audible making them available. When I started this series I did not realize it was not complete and I hate to wait years between books.
The characters are well developed and the author vividly set the stage
brent weeks shadow assassin series. The details and settings are deep in detail often overly vivid i detail.
great reader sets the mood well.
yes but impossible
No mercy, ever.
These characters, their struggles, so heart wrenching... Oh Coltaine, oh Duiker.. Mappo. I made a mistake by reading Memories of Ice and listening to Deadhouse Gates at the same time, since they took place at the same time... so without spoiling anything, someone's fate was already known ...but it didn't matter; I was held by the narrative entirely.
This guy is fucking amazing. There is only so much someone can do with dozens and dozens of characters to voice and keep things distinct and he did that and more. I'm tempted to listen backwards from this book to the beginning of the saga if Lister is the guy behind the voice on them.
So many moving moments. But Duiker saving the toddler outside the gates of Aren and his final scene of the book are a toss up.
Mind blown, I had forgotten how good an audiobook could be. Thank you Erickson, Lister and Audible.
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.
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.
I can not say enough about this series. I am so very happy to find it on Audible. This second book was the one that really got me hooked. The Chain of Dogs story line just grabs you and does not let you go. Epic series and I hope they continue with the rest.
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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As much as I had trouble with book 1 ( I almost gave up halfway, being tired of new plots and my own constant confusion) book 2 has all the benefits of complex story without the confusion. It's a series that requires the reader to pay attention and I'm starting to suspect that it will be great to reread as well.
The worldshaping and plots are fantastic. Characterbuilding gets much less focus though it works great for me. Readers who prefer complex psychologies and character development to be central in their books mind find something missing. The narrator, with his incredibly broad and consistend range of voices, lifts the story to new hights. Respect, it's a great job. I had some problems with the accent in the beginning but it got better after the 10 first hours - and compared to the total lenght of the series, 10h is negligeable 😄
There are plenty of other reviews about the content of the book itself. I just wanted to add that the reading voice of Ralph Lister is amazing. There are many parts of this complex book that are confusing and convoluted - yet I continue to listen because of Lister's wonderful narration. I will seek out more of the book's he has performed the audio narration for as I go along. Thank you.
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