Deadhouse Gates

Deadhouse Gates cover
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is my new favourite series. I just finished reading Deadhouse Gates and oh-my-gods do I love the book. Steven Ericson is an amazing writer. I had a lukewarm reaction to Gardens of the Moon (book one of the series), but was intrigued enough to try continue reading. And boy does the ride get better. A slight digression: I read the book this weekend (no small feat, it’s a mighty tome). I’m usually downbeat on Mondays, but this book ruined the day for me. Seriously. I was up all night yesterday, could not get the story out of my mind. Didn’t sleep at all. On top of it all we had to visit some relatives today, and I was in an appropriately surly mood. This is what a great book does to you. Nothing else matters when you read an epic like. Ok, back to the point. Deadhouse Gates continues pretty much where Gardens of the Moon left off; but you get to follow a new cast of characters. I miss the old cast (they kinda grow on you on a second reading), but they’ll be back in book three, from what I hear. The action takes place in the Seven Cities continent, which is on the brink of a massive rebellion against the Malazan Empire. Called the Whirlwind (which it is, literally), the uprising is brutal. A Malazan general (of sorts), Coltaine, takes it upon himself to lead forty thousand refugees, kicking and screaming, across a continent filled with chaos. At the same time, there’s a convergence of magical beasts (shapeshifters) who are trying to battle it out to reach a mythical destination that will allow one of them to ‘ascend’. Throw into the mix a millennia old, insanely powerful amnesiac, who is trying to find out about his past. His sole companion is someone who’s sworn to keep him ignorant. Add a master assassin, a girl who’s betrayed by her sister, a girl who was possessed by a god, an army engineer, a seemingly insane high priest, and a couple of dogs to all that; and you’ll have an inkling as to how huge in scope the story is. Enough ramblings, someone I know please read the books so I can talk about ’em.

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