Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen Series #2)

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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 named the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in its 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 ...
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Overview

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 named the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in its 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.
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In Deadhouse Gates -- the sequel to Gardens of the Moon and the second volume of Steven Erikson's shelf-cracking, ten-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen -- the great empire of Malazan is on the verge of one of the bloodiest revolutions the realm has ever known.

It's been ten long years since Laseen took over the empire's throne with treacherous cunning, but as the Year of Dryjhna approaches, wild portents of anarchy and rebellion abound. One such prophecy involves a stolen holy book and the seeress Sha'ik, the rebellion's foretold leader, who will raise the Whirlwind and lead the soldiers of the Apocalypse in a fanatical war that will topple empires and kill thousands. But as forces converge against Laseen, the empress gathers an army of assassins, sorcerers, and spies to combat the rebellion -- and enlarge her evil empire.

With a cast of literally hundreds (human and nonhuman) and dozens of subplots, Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen easily lives up to its advance hype as "the first great fantasy epic of the 21st century." A word of warning, however: These novels are in no way light reading. Fantasy fans who prefer "fast food" reads -- formulaic plotlines featuring two-dimensional characters -- should look elsewhere for their literary sustenance. Like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, reading Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen is like sitting down to a five-course gourmet meal. Thematically breathtaking, powerfully moving, and epic in every sense of the word, these meaty novels are meant to be savored. Paul Goat Allen

Elizabeth Haydon
Gripping, fast-moving, delightfully dark, with a masterful and unapologetic brutality reminiscent of George R. R. Martin... Utterly engrossing.
Salon
Rich, complex...Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs.

— Andrew Leonard

SF Site
One of the best fantasy novels of the year.
The Good Book Guide
"Such is the impact of the first book in Erikson's monumental Malazan saga that the achievement of this sequel is doubly surprising."
Glen Cook
"I stand slack-jawed in awe of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This masterwork of imagination may be the high water mark of epic fantasy."
Michael A. Stackpole
"Rare is the writer who so fluidly combines mythic power and depth of world with fully realized characters and thrilling action, but Erikson manages it spectacularly."
Stephen R. Donaldson
"Steven Erikson afflicts me with awe. Vast in scope, almost frighteningly fecund in imagination, and rich in sympathy."
From the Publisher
"Steven Erikson is an extraordinary writer…. Treat yourself." – Stephen R. Donaldson

"One of the best fantasy novels of the year." – SF Site

"Complex, challenging... Erikson's strengths are his grown-up characters and his ability to create a world every bit as intricate and messy as our own." – J. V. Jones

Salon.com - Andrew Leonard
"Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics on a scale that would approach absurdity if it wasn't so much fun."
Salon.com
Erikson is a master of lost and forgotten epochs, a weaver of ancient epics on a scale that would approach absurdity if it wasn't so much fun.— Andrew Leonard
SF Site - Neil Walsh
"One of the best fantasy novels of the year."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765348791
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/7/2006
  • Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 72,447
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 4.18 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson recently returned to Canada after a number of years in the UK and now lives in Winnipeg. His first fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award and the second, Deadhouse Gates, was voted one of the 10 best fantasy novels of the year.

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1164th Year of Burn's Sleep
Tenth Year of the Rule of Empress Laseen
The Sixth in the Seven Years of Dryjhna, the Apocalypti

A corkscrew plume of dust raced across the basin, heading deeper into the trackless desert of the Pan'potsun Odhan. Though less than two thousand paces away, it seemed a plume born of nothing.

From his perch on the mesa's wind-scarred edge, Mappo Runt followed it with relentless eyes the colour of sand, eyes set deep in a robustly boned, pallid face. He held a wedge of emrag cactus in his bristle-backed hand, unmindful of the envenomed spikes as he bit into it. Juices dribbled down his chin, staining it blue. He chewed slowly, thoughtfully.

Beside him Icarium flicked a pebble over the cliff edge. It clicked and clattered on its way down to the boulder-strewn base. Under the ragged Spiritwalker robe - its orange faded to dusty rust beneath the endless sun - his grey skin had darkened into olive green, as if his father's blood had answered this wasteland's ancient call. His long, braided black hair dripped black sweat onto the bleached rock.

Mappo pulled a mangled thorn from between his front teeth. 'Your dye's running,' he observed, eyeing the cactus blade a moment before taking another bite.

Icarium shrugged. 'Doesn't matter any more. Not out here.'

'My blind grandmother wouldn't have swallowed your disguise. There were narrow eyes on us in Ehrlitan. I felt them crawling on my back day and night. Tannos are mostly short and bow-legged, after all.' Mappo pulled his gaze away from the dust cloud and studied his friend. 'Next time,' he grunted, 'try belonging to a tribe where everyone's seven foot tall.'

Icarium's lined, weather-worn face twitched into something like a smile, just a hint, before resuming its placid expression. 'Those who would know of us in Seven Cities, surely know of us now. Those who would not might wonder at us, but that is all they will do.' Squinting against the glare, he nodded at the plume. 'What do you see, Mappo?'

'Flat head, long neck, black and hairy all over. If just that, I might be describing one of my uncles.'

'But there's more.'

'One leg up front and two in back.'

Icarium tapped the bridge of his nose, thinking. 'So, not one of your uncles. An aptorian?'

Mappo slowly nodded. 'The convergence is months away. I'd guess Shadowthrone caught a whiff of what's coming, sent out a few scouts . . .'

'And this one?'

Mappo grinned, exposing massive canines. 'A tad too far afield. Sha'ik's pet now.' He finished off the cactus, wiped his spatulate hands, then rose from his crouch. Arching his back, he winced. There had been, unaccountably, a mass of roots beneath the sand under his bedroll the night just past, and now the muscles to either side of his spine matched every knot and twist of those treeless bones. He rubbed at his eyes. A quick scan down the length of his body displayed for him the tattered, dirt-crusted state of his clothes. He sighed. 'It's said there's a waterhole out there, somewhere-'

'With Sha'ik's army camped around it.'

Mappo grunted.

Icarium also straightened, noting once again the sheer mass of his companion - big even for a Trell - the shoulders broad and maned in black hair, the sinewy muscles of his long arms, and the thousand years that capered like a gleeful goat behind Mappo's eyes. 'Can you track it?'

'If you like.'

Icarium grimaced. 'How long have we known each other, friend?'

Mappo's glance was sharp, then he shrugged. 'Long. Why do you ask?'

'I know reluctance when I hear it. The prospect disturbs you?'

'Any potential brush with demons disturbs me, Icarium. Shy as a hare is Mappo Trell.'

'I am driven by curiosity.'

'I know.'

The unlikely pair turned back to their small campsite, tucked between two towering spires of wind-sculpted rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Better than the original...

    The main players from Book 1, Gardens of the Moon, have split up. And this book follows the two Bridgeburners, Fiddler & Kalam as they go on their 'secret' mission, courtesy of the sly mind of Quick Ben. Along with them is Crokus, our lucky little thief, and Apsalar, the young fisherman's girl who's possession by Cotillion has still left her a cold-hearted killer. We also are introduced to Coltaine, the new fist, who's travails will become legend. And we meet Paran's younger sister, Felisin, who's own tale becomes the heart and soul of this book. This book is gigantic, compared to the first one, but so layered, textured and terrific. Unlike the confusion that some may have had with following Gardens of the Moon with it's lack of set-up and so many characters, this book is much more left to develop plot, characters, and you feel completely along a fantastic ride as 3 tales are told and woven like a great tapestry. Felisin's journey, Coltaine's march, Fiddler/Kalam/Apsalar/Crokus's search...these 3 tales are powerful, riveting, and a more larger tale is beginning to unravel. Book 2, though lacking the slam-bang ending of Gardens of the Moon, is a superior novel because of it's heart and soul. These are complex, troubled souls, admist a war and empire that is beginning to shake, and as the gods play their games, these humans and creatures set the stage of whatis to come...and in fact, seem to control the playing field in more than the gods do.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    captivating and satisfying

    If you liked "Gardens of the Moon" you will love this 2nd book in the series. Good writing, excellent plot, 700+ pages to keep you spellbound.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

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    If you only read one fantasy series, read this one. Better than the wheel of time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    Tough read but well worth it

    I tried to read this a few years ago but only made it about 80 pages in. The magic/deck of dragons/ascendaents aspect of the book can be confusing. The second time around tho I had read the first book and it definetly helped. The story involves 4 different plot lines which eventually converge at the end. The end was very unexpected but well worth the time invested in it. I definetly recommend this book and the series to anyone who loves military and/or fantasy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Hard to Get Into

    The first book took me about 300 pages to get into, I was hoping it wouldn't be more of the same with this one but it was. As the other reviewer says, the author does have a great imagination, but the book is really a grind.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    Even Goodkind writes better!!

    I picked up the first 5 books on the recommendation of a friend. After the first book which I gave 2 stars and reviewed here I just couldn't continue with this series. I was 100 pages into Deadhouse Gates wanting to like it and asked myself, 'Why am I still reading this?'. I didn't care about a single flat character (they are all pretty flat). Why should I care if the Empire takes over everything in this barren world of boring characters? The land is poorly described and new characters with no background or description other than their names are thrown at you every page. It's a total mess. Shame on anyone for comparing Erikson to Martin or Jordan. What an absolute joke. I could write a better series. Erikson has a wild imagination at best, but he can't put it in an interesting or cohesive thread for the reader. Time to unload these at the used bookstore. I rarely give up on a series after investing so much time and money, but this is so bad I refuse to waste another minute.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    The Sage continues.

    Finaly another good writer that knows how to keep you entertained with a good story that's a lot different from many other books that are out there. This second novel seems to concentrate more on different persons but it al comes back to the same ones from the first novel. Keep them coming!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    Better Than the First

    I loved Deadhouse Gates. The characters seemed to be more alive in this book, more realized. I loved the historian/soldier Dukier. And I was heartbroken towards the end when it came to his fate and the fate of Colatine. But my faith as a reader was renewed when the cloth was found in Dukier's clothing and a name was revealed. I can't wait for the next one!! And Feslin was among a favorite of mine, and I can't await the unveiling of Kalam's destiny. I hope that the end didn't hint that a few of the starring characters won't reappear in the next installment. I await with barely restrained patience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Yia

    Patrols here and moves on.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    A refreshingly unique spin on fantasy is expanded further in book two...

    When I read "Gardens of the Moon", the first book in Erikson's Malazan series, I was blown away. There was so much going on, so many new approaches to the genre, I knew within a few chapters that I was in for a ride. "Deadhouse Gates" continues the story, following some of the characters from book one and introducing many others, as events unfold on a desert continent far away from the setting of the first book. Mr. Erikson is painting a broad picture, and I am looking forward to the third installment, as I have only two chapters left in this one. I highly recommend the Malazan Book of the Fallen to anyone who is looking for a brilliant, imaginative spin on the fantasy genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Love it

    I love how complex this book is. The whole series has me excited, and I can't wait to read Memories of Ice

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Great stuff

    Erikson is amazing. This keeps getting better. On to the third book in the series for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Excellent story

    Highly recommend this story, great characters, thick plots, lots of surprises!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Learn on the fly - good read

    Many names and terms to learn and remember as you read, but interestng complex novel. Like the characters and they are a diverse lot with many witty, humorous and deep personalities. Also, great battle/action scenes. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Excellent

    Very deep and well written series that rivals and surpasses the Jordan Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Start of an epic

    A masrterpiece!!!

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

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    Deadhouse Gates is the second book in the Malazan series and off

    Deadhouse Gates is the second book in the Malazan series and offers up another great story set in a world of impossible scope and depth. While this book could be read and enjoyed as a stand alone title, I would strongly suggest reading the books of the Malazan in order to get the most from them. If you are looking for a novel that holds your hand and explains every scene, every journey and every characters actions in exact detail this book is not for you. If instead you are looking for characters who are not always perfect, and for a world full of powers both mysterious and deadly then this book is definitely for you. Erikson leaves much to your imagination and leaves you constantly wondering what could possibly happen next. This is one of those wonderful books that you will find yourself thinking about at work in the middle of the day!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Engrossing, in-depth character development

    This is the second book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erickson. I found it to be much easier going than the first book (Gardens of the Moon).

    It picks up on another continent from the first book and introduces new characters who I grew to love just as quickly as I did the characters from Gardens of the Moon. It still centers around the Malazan Empire but this time it focuses on a brewing rebellion in the Seven Cities. Long occupied by the Malazan Empire, the native tribes have grown restless under Emperess Laseen's rule and a long-prophesied goddess of the desert has arrived in the aspect of the Whirlwind and has come to scour the land clean of conquerors.

    The book introduces more new characters in all walks of life in the Malazan Empire. Sadly we don't hear much of the Bridgeburners or the people of Dhrujistan, except for Fiddler, Kalam, Aspalar, and Crokus. However, making up for this fact are new characters.

    As the restless stirrings of the rebellion and the Whirlwind of the Holy Desert Raraku increase in intensity, much blood is shed. A competent, ruthless Fist of the Malazan Army is driven from the city and is forced to make a desperate march across thousands of leagues to safety. The army he leads is fractured and unruly, and he is additionally burdened with thousands of refugees that cannot fight and drain the resources of the group.

    Meanwhile, the Ascendants are mettling in mortal affairs once again, and the Holy Desert does not only hide the Whirlwind and her savage followers. A convergence is happening, with Soletaken and D'ivers coming to the desert to seek a path that may lead to a new ruler for the land, or its possible destruction.

    The plot is just as twisty, memorable, and detailed as the first book. The characters are lifelike, with real motivations and behaviors that make you care for them before you even realize it. Erickson still refuses to "explain" his world, instead immersing you in the details of his characters lives and adventures to build a tapestry of an incredibly complex world.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    skip

    Do Not stop the story after reading this book. Deadhouse gates is labeled book 2 but also memories of ice can be read as book 2 also. Just two different stories going on at the same time/ Memories of ice is so much better. Don't bother with Dead House Gates. Go straight to Memories of Ice. The Malazan story is truly wonderful and breath taking. ENJOY

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    Dissapointment

    As the second installation it was a disappointment. Plot development was too slow, and seemed to drag on forever. Finally just put it down, something I rarely do. I won't bother with any others in this series.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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