House of Chains
In Northern Genabackis, just before the events recounted in GARDENS OF THE MOON, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flat lands. Their intention is to wreak havoc among the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove an extraordinary destiny.
Some years later, it i
Karsa can kiss my @ss.
I liked my old characters and Adjunct Tavore!
That's all I got. You can go read the million of long drawn out smart reviews on the book. I'm not caring for reviewing or reading really, not with this shit cancer going on. So don't mind me. I will always love the Malazan world! Well, until I get to the one I'm going to hate!!
Erikson started House of Chains, the fourth book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, in an unprecedented step. Unlike the previous three books, House of Chains started as a totally character-driven book that focuses solely on a completely new character, Karsa Orlong. This made for an awkward start because at first the story didn’t feel like reading the same series and Karsa took a while to warm up to due to his primitive and savage c ...more
A much better and far less confusing experience. Re-reading Malazan really pays off big time.
Every time I finish a book from the Malazan series it usually takes me at least a month before starting the next one because of several reasons; they are dense reads and they are soul crushing because of what Erikson does to his characters. Compared to him, George R.R. Martin looks like a boy who stomps on other boys’ castles in the sandbox just to annoy them. ...more
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 ...more
Retribution is at hand for the rise of the Seven Cities rebellion as the new Adjunct to the Empress arrives to lead the Malazan army to face Sha'ik and her Army of the Apocalypse. The Holy Desert of Raraku continues to emanate despair, even more so now than ever after the Chain of Dogs left in its trails the miasma of vengeance and grief.
House of Chains weighed like a ton of bricks on my psych ...more
Chapter 26: Tavore you said yourself, that sometimes knowledge is not enough. Not a single grain of sand is wasted in this story.
Chapter 25: Dogslayers. Bonehunters. Ghosts, assassins, shattered warrens, silent battles. No, it’s not the blurb for the whole book. Just one chapter.
Chapter 24: Ah these shadow upstarts. They will
‘Is that all we mortals are? The victims of tortured irony to amuse an insane murder of gods?’
House of Chains is another fantastic addition to The Malazan book of the Fallen. This book started off a little different than the previous installments. The first 20% of the book was focused on one main character, and his journey from his homeland in northern Genabackis to the desert continent ...more
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 ...more
The essential one, and if not the first one, then the most recognizable and influential character that shaped the genre of epic fantasy.
When it comes to books he is a talking, fighting, drinking, brooding grim-dark, sword and sorcery sub-genres trope.
Especially in past 20 years when we have witnessed not just revival but full on blossoming of such genres where anti-heroes are taking the spotl ...more
This series is far becoming one of my favourite series, there is absolutely nothing I don’t like about this series, the world is amazing, the cultures, races, religion, gods etc. are so unique, I seriously have not seen anything like this before. Just like its predecessors this book has l ...more
The first time through this was the weakest of the ten books for me. Although the ending still lacked the convergence power in the endings of all the other books in the series I found so many hidden breadcrumbs I missed the first time around. So many poetic moments that had more power this time around. I had forgotten, missed or misinterpreted a lot that first times. These tomes are just so vast with so much going on the sensory overload the first time takes its toll. Being able to break ...more
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 ...more
will try to write a review later.
It took a lot to get to where we were going in this book. Mainly the overall arc is that Tevore and the Malazan’s are going to march into the desert to fare Sharik and her appocolyptic sands. So that is where the various lines all converge by the end of the story. It took a long time to get there and at ...more
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 ...more
"Hatred is a most pernicious weed, finding root in any kind of soil. It feeds on itself"
It's almost funny that what i feel is the general theme for this book in this series is perfectly captured by a minor character in the book. Like all stories in the malazan series, there is the general sense that doing justice to it in my reviews might not always be possible. So here goes nothing.
Can i just say before i delve into characters that totally wowed me that Book 4 reminded me eeril ...more
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 H ...more
Whoops right quote, but wrong character, hat tip to Robert E. Howard.
I love Erickson's ability to weave a multitude of conflicts together into a coherent and seamless whole. I am in awe of his ability to do that. Frankly, I'm just in love ...more
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.”
Nature has but one enemy.And that is imbalance.
An insanely remarkable read, well written and intricately woven. The fourth tale of Malazan Book of The Fallen is both gripping and enticing, and I'm just quite at awe at how the structure of the story keeps changing with each installment yet we don't lose s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Full Review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awjzJ... ...more
It’s my fourth adventure in Malazan and what can I say, I’m getting used to a load of characters and I know that my mind will be blown away again ;)
Characters. I enjoy the epicness and the fun I get watching the interaction among the characters.
Braven Tooth! That bastard's still alive?'
'It was hard to tell at times,' Smiles muttered.
'Until his temper snapped,' Koryk added. 'Just ask Corporal Tarr there. Braven Tooth spent near ...more
So, what happens in the beginning? A new race is introduced best described as bloodthi ...more
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 ...more
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