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

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

by Steven Erikson
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Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you only read one fantasy series, read this one. Better than the wheel of time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TBeals More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great read
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Half the pages would have made a master piece.
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rottingprimate More than 1 year ago
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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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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drlii More than 1 year ago
Erikson is amazing. This keeps getting better. On to the third book in the series for me.
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Highly recommend this story, great characters, thick plots, lots of surprises!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.