Deadhouse Gates

Deadhouse Gates

Book - 2005
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Preparing for a long-prophesied uprising in the Holy Desert Raraku, seer Sha'ik and her followers anticipate the Malazan Empire's most violent conflict, which they believe will shape destinies and give rise to legendary figures.
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2005.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765310026
Characteristics: 604 pages : maps ; 24 cm.


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May 11, 2018

(Always start with the first book of a series.)
This is a very good book. The author's ability to string words together in a readable and compelling way (the actual putting words to a page) has continued the progression found in the first book. The author's plot ideas continue to be strong here, and are arguably superior here to those in the first book. I have begun to read the third book, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. The writing of the third book is so far better than that of either the first or second books. The weakest pieces of the first two books are the characters. They are distinguished almost entirely by the events they experience - they lack the depth that I found in the characters in such fantasy epics as A Song of Ice and Fire and A Wheel of Time. Erikson's series is nearly 100% plot-driven -- not so much character driven. Still very strong and very emotional. We are treated to rich character responses, even if the characters themselves don't have much depth of past or depth of personality/worldview.

Dec 12, 2010

I agree with GDelmage, Deadhouse Gates was the first book I read in the series, and definitely set me up for the rest - if I'd started with Gardens of the Moon I'm not sure I would have become so hooked on Erikson's work, as his first book is rather convoluted.
This guy is amazing, he's in a league of his own, I highly recommend him to anyone who has grown bored or disillusioned with the stock-standard fantasy genre books, you won't regret it.

Nov 19, 2010

I adore all of Steven Erikson's works in this series, but Deadhouse Gates is by far my favourite.

The characters he focuses on are, mostly, the one's I came to favour most in the series, and the stories they find themselves wrapped in during this book are great. The man writes tragedy and comedy, war and peace all so wonderfully.

The entire tale of the Chain of Dogs especially. Beautifully told, beautifully tragic - truly, so much emotion to ride on this rollercoaster.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone new to the series, but also add that you should go back to Gardens of the Moon at some point.


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