But the second time through, it was even more enjoyable. And I still have the sense that I would probably discover more on another reading. And then for the great stuff: Erikson has a tremendous sense of humor, and its needed, because he also has one of the keenest gifts for tragedy. And this book delivers both on very grand scale. In the Gardens of the Moon there is a passage where a character asks a T'lann Imass what he is thinking about. The questioner then asks if that is what other T'lann Imass think of. He says: "No, they mostly refrain from thinking at all. The entire Chain of Dogs can be seen as either impossibly heroic, or impossibly futile.
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And the same goes for Mappo's "guidance" of Icarium, and for Kalam's quest to assassinate Laseen. View all 16 comments. Shelves: the-best , shapeshifters , epic-fantasy , action , fantasy , heroic-fantasy , sorcerors-magicians , drama. This is such an epic story, I figured a typical review couldn't do it justice, so I asked for some help from the characters who always know best. Felisin: "I was told there would be journeys to exotic locations, that I would meet many interesting people, and that I would be admired and even held in awe.
Well, I could tell you a thing or two about such promises That about sums it up. I really wish everyone would understand the difference between a Claw and a Talon. Yes, am I right about that, or do I really have to come over there and demonstrate? D in Astro-Hyperdrive-Mechanics, and my agent sent me this role. Still- its been a blast! We were joined by several boon companions, everyone we met treated us with wonderful politeness. However, I have acquired a headache and I wonder if perhaps we drank too much in an Inn last night, I certainly hope nothing untoward has occurred. Perhaps tomorrow I will remember more Unrecognised talent horribly wasted, miserable despair will be wet foundation for fresh ambitions.
View all 21 comments. Feb 20, Orient rated it really liked it Shelves: bloody-romance , br , desperado , fantasy , favorites , hero , killer , psychological. Aww, this book broke me again. All those deaths Like for example, the epilogue! Will I be continuing my reread in Malazan? For sure! Then I get back from the dead! Ugh GR View all 41 comments. Malazan is nothing like other fantasy books, the world is so broad, I now get why they are but few old characters in it, if all of them were in this , it would have been more complex than the first book thereby making it hard to understand, thus the dividing of the books by characters.
The seven cities that The Malazan empire conquered was discussed here indepthly, how the people are regarded by Malazans and how they regard the Malazns. Quote me, Duiker, and your work's done. Some of the races that I love are the Tiste Andii, Jaghut cause of Icarium, Trell cause of Mappo and human race cause am human, they are also shape shifters and cool creatures like dragons. This book is not short of romance either, they are a few couples, but its the friendship and loyalty between the characters that I love most.
Only two kinds of people die in battle, Fiddler had once said, fools and the unlucky. World building and Writing Like I mentioned earlier the world is so broad and the author depicted it perfectly, there was no confusion or anywhere in the world that was hard to imagine. The writing style adapted here is way easier to read than that of the first book, the demarcation between POV shift was made clearly, also the characters with POVs here were only few in number, just five major ones and seven minor ones that have just few paragraphs and some few chapters.
The book is written in third person multiple POV. Characters and Plot Icarium is a jaghut, a non human race, he has greenish skin, grey hair and is seven feet tall, jaghut are extremely powerful and very hard to kill, despite this Icarium is neither arrogant nor mean, he is very kind and his friendship with Mappo his friend and companion is so adorable.
Felisin Paran , I liked her at first then disliked her when she became bitter and bitchy, now I like her again because she changed and has become something more, She is also the youngest character in the book. Heboric light touch former everything, he was once a thief, a priest and a historian, his both hands has been cut off so he is literally handless, but its Malazan an old man with no hands is more than he looks.
The three of them are the weirdest companions ever!
The circumstances that threw them together is even more bizarre and ruthless. Duiker is a former soldier turned historian, he goes to battle with soldiers and later document it. His POV is filled with battles scenes, politics and scheming. Coltaine and his Crow clan are a group of soldiers that did the impossible, Coltaine is the definition of a leader, his Wickan clan all but worship him, the man rarely loose men in battles cause of his great mind and has never lost a battle come fight me if you count what happen as lost.
Shadowthrone and Cotillion just cannot stay away from mortals, but their interference here is only but minimal. Apsalar blew my mind here Apsalar sprang at the other two men, flashing beneath the lanceheads, both knives thrusting up and out as she slipped between the horses. Neither Gral had time to parry. As if in mirror reflection, each blade vanished up and under the ribcage, the one on the left finding a heart, the one on the right rupturing a lung. Then she was past, leaving both weapons behind.
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A dive and a shoulder roll avoided the lance of a fourth rider Fiddler hadn't seen earlier. In a single, fluid motion, Apsalar regained her feet and sprang in an astonishing surge of strength, and was suddenly sitting behind the Gral, her right arm closing around his throat, her left reaching down over the man's head, two fingers sinking deep into each eye, then yanking back in time for the small knife that suddenly appeared in her right hand to slide back across the warrior's exposed throat.
She sure is badass and efficient. View all 22 comments. Apr 07, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-modern. Deadhouse Gates! Erikson's prose and character work and his juggling of several compelling, intertwining narratives did not disappoint. Erikson's background as an archaeologist is readily apparent in the book.
Erikson doesn't infodump, it's like it is anathema to him. Erikson has fully envisioned his world, that much is obvious, but he forces the reader to make sense of the world all on their own maps and appendices notwithstanding. I love having to work for my pleasures, it makes the end result all the more satisfying. I want one! I really want to see more of those two, such an intriguing pair - Iskaral Pust muttering his sneaky secret thoughts out loud was a running joke that just never got old.
I think Erikson really did a great job with her character, making her very sympathetic and showing how few options she had and why she chose her particular path.
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I like how he shows her strengths and weaknesses and doesn't just put her purely into a victim role although obviously she is a victim, the biggest one in the novel so far. I understand how she got to the place she's at and I think it is a strong decision to make a character who has now decided she was in love with her abuser a central, point of view character. I probably would have knocked her over the side of the ship if I wasn't aware of her back story. View all 18 comments. Luckily, this second start is with a bang!
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There are three main stories in this book. Path of Hands is a story about two species of shapeshifting creatures and convergence they are hurdling to. The main difference between them, as their name is suggesting, is that Soletaken shapeshifter can change itself into one creature view spoiler [ e.
And the reason why they are in such a hurry is because of the promise that while this convergence is happening, at the end of this Path of Hands, one of them will ascend and become a god of both species and have a control over all of them. This is a story that until the end works as a side story of the book. Its build up is gradual not to say slow , until obviously, the very end and a crescendo that will blow up in our faces.
Even though, one irrevocably evokes the other. In contrast to story above, this one is more personal story, and not just because we are following major part of it through the eyes of a young girl and witnessing her being shaped into a monster because of the monstrous society that surrounds her, but ultimately because this is a story about vendetta. Path of Chained Dogs story focuses more on rebellion than anything else.
This is a story that has everlasting and never-ending crescendo. It starts with one, it lasts through pages of this novel and it ends with it. It has everything one wishes in militaristic epic fantasy: big battles, skirmishes, diversions, conflicts of different types of magic etc. It has everything that needs to keep you on edges of your seats.
But it has a knack. And I do not exaggerate. Soldier who enters a conflict — be that a skirmish, major battle, naval battle or simply a conflict within yourself — as a one person, then while fighting their battles — be that with swords, crossbows, words or thoughts — circumstances of reality they found themselves in, mold and shape them, like a piece of clay, only to come out from that conflict as something completely different. And not necessarily a person. And what we are capable of doing if we disregard it.
Irrevocably changes us?
What do we become then? And not just in writing a compelling emotional story, but also in far deeper characterization. Those from first book, as well as characters we are introduced to here for the first time.
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