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)
Still a tough "read" but the performance is second to none. The themes, visuals and imagination here are amazing. Some of the scenes will stick with me forever. I find I still struggle to understand what is going on at points but that is mainly because of the way I listen (i.e not carefully) so I miss much of the hints and nuance. Rewarding and worth it.
Oh boy! What a story! I have had a love/hate relationship with this series. It is constantly recommended to me and I did not understand what the fuss was about. It took me a year to get through this book. I finally found time to truly commit my attention and my attention was rewarded.
Deadhouse Gates develops many of story telling devices implemented in Gardens of the Moon while amping everything up to 11. There are epic battles and tragic events, all of which are engrossing. There were moments where my breath was taken away by the sheer awesomeness of certain scenes.
People tend to give Erikson the benefit of the doubt in terms of the complexity of his writing. I find it to be a great barrier to enjoying his stories. However, things come together in a far more understandable way. Book 1 of GotM is not repeated in this book. Erikson's command of lanugage and prose is exemplary and I loved the imagery he used in creating the world around him. His characters appear to be flat in some instances and garish and lively in others.
I now will address the performance of Ralph Lister. I was not impressed in Lister's character voices at all. They were inconsistent at some times and lacked diversity in many ways. I felt like two characters in particular had almost identical voices which became a challenge when those characters travelled together for the final half of the book. Lister's transitions also leave much to be desired. This may be an editing flaw, but sometimes it felt like Lister rushed right into the next scene without indicating to the audience that a transition had occurred until half a paragraph into the new scene. So far, I am rather grateful that Lister is replaced by the fourth book, because I recommend this book to anyone who wants a grand epic story that doesn't pull any punches or take the audience for granted.
Best of all the Malazan fallen books, and the others a literary gold. This book will provoke all emotions of the reader without a dull moment. Ericson is a master, take the time to listen several times.
This is a good book however, it takes forever for things to happen. At times it feels like I listen to the book for 3 hours and nothing of note has taken place, no one in the book is any closer to their destination or reaching their goal. This book takes place in a desert and the people spend a lot of time hot, thirsty, dusty, and hungry –a LOT of time. It is a good story and if you liked the 1st book than you should like this one. I am not sure if I will buy book 3.
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.
The narrator along with how the book was written makes the story senseless. Many characters sound the same and its difficult to tell when the story changes from one character storyline to another. It's very hard to get a grasp on the surroundings with little to no description. The same goes for most of the characters. Most books I read or listen to leave me with a clear picture. This book does not provide much of a picture whatsoever. I'm left disappointed. Disappointed that this story was presented in this manner. I would love to continue with the remaining books just for the story but know it would be an unsatisfying journey.
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