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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Steven Erickson is an ascendant!

I've read the books. Ralph Lister makes them come to life. A must have series.

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Excelent

Great book. A really amazing take on so many death marches, from the Trail of Tears to the Japanese in WWII. An unrelenting trudge of sorrow and confusion intertwining hope dashed by betrayal. A masterpiece.

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I recommend this series to everyone

All the characters feel like real people. None of them feel black and white, good vs evil.

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Often Read - Excellent Audible

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, and have. The Malazan serious isa large meal, this is the best "stand alone" of the long and entirely entertaining series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadhouse Gates?

Chain of Dogs - I'm a Marine veteran and a lifelong history buff/reader, and the switching 1'st, 3rd narrative was particularly inclusive. Gritty and as personal as The Black Company series,

Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

The Historian is a second to the two dogs

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Outside the Gates

Any additional comments?

I've re-read the series, some several times. This is the first narrated version and the narrator is outstanding and nuanced. (Made me hate Fel@#$ again ). Bravo Sir!

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Haunting performance

This book, and the narrators performance of it, are heartwrenching adventures, packed to the brim with drama, betrayal, fearful images, brilliant victories, and desperate struggles. The characters are unforgettable, truly special and unique voices that all blend to tell the story of a terrible rebellion. They face real challenges. And sometimes, terrible failure. But this makes the victories all the more sweeter. Of course, listen to or read Gardens of the Moon before this one, or many events will confuse you completely.

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Crazy SOB...

Eriksson is a mad scientist of fantasy. I love his writing style and his characters are well developed and full. There is so much going on in this book. I was just heartbroken at some of the character decisions and the outcome of some of the big set pieces.

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Finally

Finally a real EPIC series to capture my mind & imagination, I'm loving these! just stick with it,go look at the WikiMalazan to help clear any confusion & once you grasp all the characters & places etc,you will be rewarded

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Quick review

I apologize for my review. (I never write these) but this book managed to pull me in like nothing ive ever listened to. Ralph Lister was amazing and the author has built a very real feeling world. Very good story, the storyline about Coltains chain of dogs is my new favorite tale to date. My only real gripe in the whole listen was the character Felisine. To me she was unrealistic and pulled me out of the story. But even she grew on me at the end. (the very end)

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Good Book. Just not for me

What disappointed you about Deadhouse Gates?

I know that this series is loaded with acclaim and a strong following. I gave it 2 books but it never really got its hooks into me. Its not a character driven series and i think that is where i struggled with it. Its a well written book and I would not say that i dont recommend it. It just wasnt for me. Reminded me of Isaac Asimov "Foundation" in the tone and empire-centric story line.

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If only there were a 10 star rating.

I'm completely addicted to the series and love how long it is without filler. Favorite series since king killer chronicles by far.