Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen) Paperback – 1 Sep 2000
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" 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 "From the Paperback edition."
The second book in Steven Erikson's thrilling epic fantasy series chronicling the ill-fated Malazan Empire. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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A huge part of me wants to criticise this book and, indeed, the whole 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' series. But, I have to be honest, this is mainly because this series has stretched me beyond any other literature I've ever read and I resent the fact that I'm not quite clever, patient or perceptive to grasp these books on one reading. I have to be objective and, objectively, this book is a masterpiece!
The illusion of realism that Erikson creates is second to none. He never interrupts the writing with cliched exposition and so the reader feels like a humble fly on the wall and not an intruder. Of course, this means the reader has actually got to think, to read between the lines and bare a certain amount of uncertainty but, if you are willing to take on this challenge, the rewards are great.
Also, the book is so crammed with detail, it's very very re-readable. It'll take a lifetime to figure out. Go on, take the plunge - it's deep water but there are pearls on the ocean bed!
This is no Tolkien vision of sweeping glades and smiling elder faces, this is a brooding, brutal and ultimately savage work of fantasy. Really, you can't help but love it.
The question that seems to lie at the heart of so many of the characters is: 'What is preferable, to fall so far that no remnants of your other self are left or to have died innocent, unfallen.'
Battles are fought, wars are waged, yet no distinction is made between the foes. Both are fighting for noble values, both are "good" and yet both have the capacity for evil. Something I've never come across in a fantasy novel before & depending upon your take on originality, a brilliant concept.
My favourite collection of books, Erikson and Esslemont have created something incredible, and while I hesitate to recommend to people that aren't big fans of fantasy genre as it is so much detail and complexity, if you do enjoy any authors such as Robert Jordan, Tolkein or Sanderson, then I cannot recommend enough that you start up this series and lose yourself in a world that only gets bigger and bigger.
The plot (which I won't reveal), is even more complex, more multi-layered and possesses more plot twists and surprises than you'll find in a dozen run-of-the-mill stock-fantasy novels. If you thought the characters, situations and action in 'Gardens' were gripping in the extreme, you'll be glad to hear that exactly the same level of detail and strength of narrative have gone into making 'Deadhouse' just as good in terms of quality, adventure and drama.
All I'll say to finish with is that anyone who reads and enjoys the likes of David Gemmell or George R.R. Martin absolutely has to try both 'Gardens' and 'Deadhouse', or risk missing out on one of the most utterly enjoyable fantasy reading experiences currently available.
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