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La casa delle catene (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #4)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  26,914 Ratings  ·  708 Reviews
Nel nord di Genabackis una turba di bellicosi guerrieri tribali scende dalle alture montuose verso le pianure del meridione. Il loro intento è quello di fare scempio delle disprezzate genti delle pianure, sennonché per un guerriero chiamato Karsa Orlong sembrano aprirsi le premesse per uno straordinario destino. Qualche tempo dopo si manifestano le conseguenze degli eventi ...more
Hardcover, 786 pages
Published January 2007 by Armenia (first published 2002)
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Apr 04, 2014 Markus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, malazan
The rage of the Whirlwind Goddess was an inferno, beaten on the forge of Holy Raraku.

The Whirlwind rages at its most dangerous. The Army of the Apocalypse stands behind Sha’ik Reborn. And all that opposes it is an untested commander with an army of fresh recruits…

House of Chains is a return to the Seven Cities story arc that was opened in the second book of the series. A return to the place where the Chain of Dogs was slaughtered to the last man and where a gargantuan rebellion against the Malaz
The Malazan freight-train of awesomeness rumbles on.

House of Chains was another epic, ambitious instalment in the Malazan franchise. This was a great read, and while it lacked the emotional impact and sense of grandeur of MoI and the Chain of Dogs it added a new aspect to this series in proving that Erikson can write an engaging, focused story with the best in the genre.

As a bold young warrior sets out from his isolated mountain village to carve for himself a path to fortune and glory, he finds
James Lafayette  Tivendale
It is astonishing how every book in this series seems to get better than the one before. The sheer size of the cast is phenomenal however it seems like each character has an important role to play in the grand scheme of things and there are no 'bit-part' players. New characters such as Karsa Orlong, L'oric and Trull Sengar become favourites straight away and that is down to Erikson's skill as a writer. I will admit that I go a bit sentimental when we find out what characters such as Quick Ben, K ...more
This is an easy five.


This is what you'd call a tardy review (finished the book months ago)

“Hatred, sweet as nectar.
I have walked into the abyss.
I am as mad as that goddess. And this is why she chose me, for we are kindred souls...
Then what is this ledge to which I still cling so desperately? Why do I persist in my belief that I can save myself? That I can return . . . find once more the place where madness cannot be found, where confusion does not exist.
The place ... of childhood.”

Many re
Jul 27, 2011 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I am not going to re-write my original review because it is all still relevant. The only thing I would add, is that it is even better second time round. But since I was already on five stars there is nothing to improve.

Story: 4/5
1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking

Without doubt my favourite in the series so far. If you have read the previous three and wondering whether to start number four. Stop reading this and go read Hou
Feb 12, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It horrifies me a little but I'm reducing my star rating from 5 to 4 on this one. While it ends with an epic battle and has some excellent character moments, I still skipped the whole first quarter of Karsa. Yes, he shows some serious growth through the book and his answer to Bidithal has my full appreciation, but otherwise he gets on my last nerve.

One of the things that occurred to me because of this was how much more rereaders get from this series. At this point, everyone should have realised
Apr 16, 2012 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was another fantastic 5 star instalment in the Malazan Book of the Fallen saga. Just like with the previous books Steven Erikson did a great job of juggling a massive cast of characters and ongoing plot arcs before pulling them all together for an explosive and exciting conclusion.

We were back in Raraku for the battle between Tavore, and her Malazan legions, and Shai'k, and her army of the apocalypse. A battle that was far more personal than it seemed at first glance. The Gods and Ascendan
David Sven
Apr 15, 2012 David Sven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but yet again, my reread of House of Chains has been a far superior experience compared to the initial read. Part of that has to do with already knowing a lot of the characters coming in and knowing who will play major roles going forward, leaving the grey matter free to unpack the dense world building, plot, and themes. There is also the added enjoyment of discussing the book as part of a group read at The Malazan Fallen here on Goodreads. http://www.go ...more
Michael Britt
Feb 11, 2017 Michael Britt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Raraku has swallowed more tears than can be imagined. Now comes the time for the Holy Dessert to weep"

This series is just way better than I could've ever imagined! Each book is great on it's own merits. While this one wasn't as exciting as Memories of Ice, it's still a 5 star book in it's own rights. The only thing I had a small problem with, at the time, was how the first quarter of the book was set up. But, I'm also very glad, looking back, that he did it that way. It set up a character that
Apr 24, 2017 Jody is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grim-dark, malazan
An exciting BR with the two lovely ladies Sade and Orient!
Mar 15, 2015 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
You know what I think I am kind of still in shock and awe over just HOW MUCH stuff happens in this book. It begins on a whole new part of the land following a single character named Karsa Orlong. The time frame is a little before the events of Gardens of the Moon, but as the story goes on it recounts other events that tie in with all three of the previous books.

I have to say that I adore the character of Karsa Orlong and I now see why so many people have been telling me to watch out for him. He'
Shobhit Sharad
Mar 21, 2017 Shobhit Sharad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
House of Chains has its negative points, but its positive ones warrant a four star rating from me. Certainly epic, like any of the big tomes of the series, it was not as good as Memories of Ice or Deadhouse Gates.

To begin with, I am tired of deserts, and swirling sand, and all that was to do with the Whirlwind. That part of the story was poorly orchestrated I think. The book was also very fragmented with storylines which did not actually converge, or if they converged, were not nearly as awesome
Dec 02, 2016 Jakyro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The fourth instalment in MBotF was again a good read, decent, but in comparison to the previous books in the series it was a huge dissappointment. The book never reached the quality of the previous books.

In House of Chains we return back to Seven Cities. The book follows up on the events after Deadhouse Gates and the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs, one of the best story lines I've read (ever!!!). It's a continuation I was really looking forward to, especially as it has been two months since I f
May 29, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
5 Stars

House of Chains deserves full marks for the sheer volume of action, changes, and actual size. This is a massive book, a long read, but funny thing is it never really felt like too much. This is a novel that you would have a tough time reading quickly and I feel that you might miss the point. House of Chains is a book to be experienced, at times quickly taking in the action and the wonderful world. At other times it should be taken slowly and carefully, allowing time to digest all that yo
Scott  Hitchcock
While still a tremendous book it wasn't as good as DHG or MOI and probably on par with GOTM. The first few chapters with Karsa probably could have been a bit shorter. The ending while another great convergence I had issues with how some of them went down. Still when compared with everything else out there this series stands alone as truly epic.
Mar 22, 2017 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erikson once again worked a masterpiece, effortlessly it seems as apparently he wrote all 10 books in this series in little over a decade.
This installment is definitely different than the rest so far. First of all the fact that the tale starts with only a single point of view and remains so for the entire first book. It was quite a different experience! When book two starts and we are thrown back into a myriad of POV's its like awakening from a dream to return to the style we already cherish. T
Jenna Kathleen
Wow. Just when I was starting to think it couldn't get any better, it did.

After three Malazan books, I was accustomed to Erikson's writing style and his massive cast of characters whose perspectives change, seemingly, every other page. So, of course, to keep everyone on their toes, the format is totally different for the first book of House of Chains and we only follow one character: Karsa Orlong. Yet another character who has made it onto my ever-growing list of favourites. I could follow a who
May 14, 2011 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Four out four five star ratings...I'm pretty sure no other author or series has caused this sort of reaction from me. I don't even know where to start with this review. Just wow. To start just when I thought I had a handle on the world of Malazan Erikson throws a curve ball with Karsa Orlong. Who is he? What is he? Where is he? When is he? The mystery of it had me scratching my head in a way that I haven't since Lost was on. And what could have been an Ana Lucia, or worse a Nicki and Paulo, mome ...more
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
House of Chains is the fourth volume in Steven Erikson's monumental ten-volume series entitled, "The Malazan Book of the Fallen." This book follows the first three in continuing to flesh out the world, characters, and mythology that Erikson has so brilliantly created.

The first quarter, or so, of the novel tells the back-story of a character that we briefly met in the second book in the series (Deadhouse Gates)--that of the 'Toblakai' or as we come to find out, the great Teblor warrior, 'Karsa Or
House of Chains by Steven Erikson continues my Malazan Book of the Fallen read through. House of Chains is book number four and my initial goal was to read this entire series this year. It is going to be tough, because I’m way behind, but I’m still going to give it a shot. House of Chains continues Erikson’s multiple POV, plethora of characters, insane world building, and stylistic writing that doesn’t give away answers easily. However, in House of Chains, Erikson introduces a character that has ...more
TS Chan
Feb 18, 2015 TS Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt strangely disconnected with this book, even though it was a lot easier to get through as compared to the previous 3 instalments. I still love the way Erikson writes relationships between characters, and there are some really great pairings going on in this book; namely Karsa Orlong and Torvald Nom, Onrack and Trull Sengar, Pearl and Lostara Yil. There was also great continuity as the events in Memories of Ice were mentioned and had impact to what's unfolding in this book. I also really li ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this monster of a book. Worth every page. I don't know why I'm not giving it a 5. Maybe because there's so many in this series, I want to wait to the end to see which were the best. This might be a contender, there wasn't a dull or wasted part, instead every page I drank deeply from. I wish I could just continue directly to the next, but I've got some other highly anticipated books from the libes and I don't want to be #250 on the wait list. Besides, I like taking a little break ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first part, the background story of Karsa, is by far the best writing I've seen from Erikson. It's a compelling read, filled with action, some suspense, and--gasp--some distinct, believable characterization. Not to mention some decent exposition, the absence of which is, to my mind, the glaring flaw of this whole series.

The rest of the story, alas, goes back to his usual "dropped in the middle of the action" style, with great heaping helpings of "I hope you remembered that critical remark fr
Aug 19, 2016 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
And nature ever strives for balance. But balance was not a simple notion. Redress was not simply found in the physical world. A far grimmer equilibrium had occurred ... between the past and the present.
Sep 29, 2007 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
House of Chains is the fourth novel in Steven Erikson’s monumental epic fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen. The tenth and final novel of the series has just been published and I’m in the process of re-reading the eight that I had already read so that I can finish the last two novels with what has come before firmly in my gray matter. I realized after reading House of Chains that I never reviewed it—indeed, I never reviewed any of the subsequent novels. This was not because I didn’t re ...more
Duffy Pratt
Apr 25, 2010 Duffy Pratt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
2/7/11 - Erikson begins by treating us to a 200 page prelude about a new character named Karsa, who also starts out as one of the most purely despicable characters I've ever read. He starts out on his quest for glory, which basically means slaughter and rape. He gets captured, and grows into one of the best and most interesting characters in the series. Erikson is always audacious, and never more so than with this prelude. It's probably the best writing so far in the series, and the remainder of ...more
House of Chains starts off unlike the previous three Malazan books. Erikson spends a full quarter of the book with one POV character - Karsa Orlong. Karsa starts out as a reprehensible savage. He rapes and murders others seeking only glory for himself. Of course, Erikson doesn't leave it there. Throughout the book, Karsa grows more than any other character so far in the series and it's a fascinating journey. I admit that it took me a long time to get into Karsa's tale. It took time to forgive hi ...more
Executive Summary: The best book in the series so far. There are just a few subplots in this book that slow it down and prevent me from giving it a 5.

Full Review
This novel is very different from the first 3. The first "book" is not only 25% of the novel, it all focuses on one character. Karsa Orlong is not a very likable character. His story is still an interesting one.

His is one of the most straightforward stories of the series so far, and the one with the most character growth so far. The Ka
Sep 17, 2012 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I had high hopes for this book. It continues the story of Deadhouse Gates in the end of which a lot of people was really pissed off at Apocalypse rebels for slaughtering Coltaine's army thanks to betrayal on high level of command. Now that Adjunct's army came to Seven Cities, the possibility of revenge became real. This is what I hoped for. Well, the first mention of these people came in after 1/3 of the book.

So, what happens in the beginning? A new race is introduced best described as bloodthi
The Crimson Fucker

Alright... I'm done again!


I don't even know where to start... ima go with I'm fucking terrified of erickson! I can't even beging to imagine how the fuck hi manages to hold it all inside his head! There its as much hiding with was being said that there is in what its said... fuck! How he does it???? I mean the scope of the whole damn thing its byond behemothic!! I mean shit! I'm speachless... I don't know what was more brutal... Karsa's path to infamy or the Adjunt march... Lo
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Steven Erikson is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. His best-known work is the on-going series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.
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Other Books in the Series

The Malazan Book of the Fallen (10 books)
  • Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
  • Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)
  • Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
  • Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
  • The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #6)
  • Reaper's Gale (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #7)
  • Toll the Hounds (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8)
  • Dust of Dreams (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)
  • The Crippled God (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)

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