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Deadhouse Gates

(Malazan Book of the Fallen #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  65,187 ratings  ·  2,603 reviews
In the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha'ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising named the Whirlwind. Enslaved in the Otataral mines, Felisin, youngest scion of the disgraced House of Paran, dreams of freedom and vows revenge, while the outlawed Brigdburners Fiddler and Kalam conspire to rid the world of Empress Laseen (although it seems the gods would ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 960 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Bantam (first published September 2000)
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Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic fantasy fans
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4.5/5 stars

Coltaine, the Wickans, and the Chain of Dogs. Enough said.

People told me that when you’re starting Malazan Book of the Fallen, it’s mandatory to read at least two or three books in the series before finally deciding on giving up on the series. One of the main reasons behind this is that Deadhouse Gates is considered one of the strongest installment within the series by the fans after Memories of Ice and Th
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread - I just realized I’m in love with Kalam too. He can be my brother husband with Rake 😉

The prologue was cray!

But I had fun with Fiddler in chapter 1 😂

Kalem's laugh rumbled from where he sat at the tiller. "Fiddler and water don't mix, lad. Look at him, he's greener than that damned monkey of yours"

A sympathetic snuffling sound breathed against Fiddler's cheek. He pried open one bloodshot eye to find a tiny, wizened face staring at him. "Go away, Moby," Fiddler croaked

Then they got cha
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"We are all lone souls. It pays to know humility, lest the delusion of control, of mastery, overwhelms. And, indeed, we seem a species prone to that delusion, again and ever again."

If you have read The Gardens of the Moon you are aware that it was a complex and somewhat perplexing read, that it had a colossal set of characters and that the unraveling the yarn of story threads was a tremendous reward. Deadhouse Gates follows those footsteps and delivers another monumental tale, a tale
TS Chan
For those who have read Gardens of the Moon and thought it was relatively tame for a grimdark fantasy series, Deadhouse Gates will change your mind. This sequel took the series to new heights and was also when I begun to wholly understand Erikson's opening quote in the debut. The grimness, violence and brutality in this book made me rethink of how I viewed A Song of Ice and Fire.

The events at the end of Gardens of the Moon saw the Bridgeburners splitting up, with the bulk of squad remaining on
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-grim
*** 5+ ***

A second read with the FBR gang!

Second time around and although I knew what was going to happen, this time I had more emotional fortitude to catch all the little details without freaking out about the action... Strongly recommend this series to everyone!!!

*** 5 ***

A catch-up buddy read with the Grim-Dark Fantasy Fans @ BB&B!

I always write my reviews immediately after I finish reading a book, because I am not a literary reviewer, I am just a book addict who tries to save my overall​ imp
Merphy Napier
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult, four-stars
I really connected with these characters, maybe even more than the ones from book one. It was compelling and exciting, as well has heartbreaking and very difficult to read at times. I certainly feel more attached at this point.

But the world is still confusing as all get out and I honestly have no idea what's going on half the time.

I think I'm enjoying this series but truthfully I'm not entirely sure yet. On to the next one I guess haha.
Mayim de Vries
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epilogue: And I am knocked down to my knees. Or lower.

Chapter 24: Before you knock to the Deadhouse Gates, make sure you are ready for what awaits you there.*

Chapter 23: Again and again, we cling to the foolish belief that simple solutions exist.

Chapter 22: It is not the Empire’s soldiers the Empress cannot afford to lose, it is its memory.

Chapter 21: The roar from Aren's walls had stilled. Now only silence held the air. Let silence tell this tale. Coltaine.

Chapter 20: Hello Uncle Cotillion.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Seven Cities was an ancient civilization, steeped in the power of antiquity, where Ascendants once walked on every trader track, every lost road between forgotten places. It was said the sands hoarded power within their susurrating currents, that every stone had soaked up sorcery like blood, and that beneath every city lay the ruins of countless other cities, older cities, cities that went back to the First Empire itself. It was said each city rose on the backs of ghosts, the substance of spiri ...more
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading
Deadhouse Gates is the second book in The Malazan Book of the Fallen series. As I neared the end of this novel, I had this realization: Steven Erikson understands epic fantasy in a unique and interesting way. To understand what I mean, let's consider a few issues. A big decision that any writer has to make involves the point-of-view character. It's important to have someone in this role who is actually going to be present at all important events, a convention which in the past has led to fiction ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy
Phew, I did it! I finished “Deadhouse Gates”. For some time I thought I’ll never finish it :D

So if you’re past shock as I am, we can continue :) Like GotM, this book shines with complexity. I found a multilayered story following a couple of story lines, a bunch of new characters and the famous Erikson’s style with unexpected twist, cliffhangers :) A real treat :) In fact I had a small shock as DG left almost all the characters from the first book behind in favor of a different story set on a di
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world's harbingers of death are many and varied.

If I have noticed anything about Steven Erikson's writing after reading the first two books in The Malazan Book of the Fallen series, it's that he doesn't do anything halfway. In Deadhouse Gates we are transported to a new continent, Seven Cities, and an almost entire new cast of characters. There are a few familiar faces from GotM, but not many. Now why would he do that, after such a great first book with characters we are now familiar
edge of bubble
5 bloody stars!

Fair warning; this will be a verra long and sweary and ranty and fangirly review with the tiniest bit of spoilers. But I've scattered delish candies artwork along, as bait. Buddy read with lovely, Sade.

The book opens with ^this^ scene and you know you are in for an interesting ride. Towards the end of the book, you remember that "living in interesting times" is actually a Chinese curse!

After Erikson's causing no deep emotion, a bit on the flat side, not bad but not close to great
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Deadhouse Gates was an enjoyable read that unfortunately did not quite live up to the quality of its predecessor Gardens of the Moon. There was plenty of similarities between the two. It is Erkison writing this after all so we still got the excellent world building, a complex plot, a huge cast of characters each with their own set of motivations and goals, an incredibly cool magic system, fantastic action scenes featuring battles that were both mundane and sorcerous in nature, dragons, demons, s ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016-shelf
While clearly a superior book, in my humble opinion, to the first Book of Malazan, I'm deeply disturbed by some of the turn of events at the end of the novel. Namely, WTF? Uggghhh. It makes me want to sit in silence for a while and try to digest it a bit, but no. A lot more things happen in this novel than just one man's (or many men's) reversal(s), be it choice and with so-called reason or utter desolation filled with a demon's pity.

I was initially worried that I'd be bogged down in too much w
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
Deadhouse Gates is the second book in Steven Erikson’s brilliant and uber-epic ten-volume fantasy series, "The Malazan Book of the Fallen" (MBotF). I think this is now the third time I’ve read this book and it still remains one of my favorites. Deadhouse Gates is nothing short of a ‘nail-biter’ from the get-go and the pacing is utterly relentless. I have to say that Deadhouse Gates is an easier read than Erikson’s first book in the MBotF series, Gardens of the Moon, and much of that is because t ...more
4.5 Stars

Much like its predecessor Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates was a dense, challenging read with a complex, multilayered storyline. And like GoTM it's depth and complexity (repetition for emphasis*) made it an extremely rewarding read for anyone with the patience to see it through. This book once again throws the reader in at the deep end. After the arduous process of developing an understanding for this world in the first book, Erikson changes it all up again for this one. A new cont
Graeme Rodaughan
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Epic Fantasy
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..."

Coltaine: "Hahahahahahahh....ahahahahahah - Geez, you really got me there (the sky - it's filled with crows ... so many crows ...)."

Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Nearly two years late review but everyone else reading it and reviewing it brings back memories and I did read it two times so my memories are rather fresh,first translated version than revisited when I switched to original version on book 3.So this is more of a retrospective.

What can I say, I struggled with Gardens of the Moon and I only gotten through on second attempt. World was overall complex and strange (at that point I was unacquainted with China Mieville so my standard for labeling somet
Dana Ilie
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Picking up where Gardens of the Moon left off, Deadhouse Gates reunites a host of old characters and throws some new ones into the fray. This time the action is focused not on Genabackis, but on the continent of seven cities. Of the expansive cast that appeared in Gardens of the Moon, only Kalam, Fiddler, Apsalar and Crokus make a reappearence.

The characters are so well created and interact with their world so affectively, that at times its hard not to feel you're actually experiencing the often
mark monday
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-modern
and the award for Most Improved Second Book in a Series goes to... Deadhouse Gates! this was an excellent novel and I was fascinated from beginning to end. Erikson's prose and character work and his juggling of several compelling, intertwining narratives did not disappoint. the prior novel Gardens of the Moon felt at times as if it were written by a drunk 17-year-old; Deadhouse Gates was written by an experienced and empathetic adult who has grown emotionally and whose skills on the page now equ ...more
Duffy Pratt
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
In lots of fantasy, and in series in particular, I get frustrated with authors continually repeating their explanations and descriptions of certain things. For example, how many times does Robert Jordan remind the reader that an Aes Sedai has an ageless face? Goodkind's Sword of Truth series would probably be less than half of its current length if not for all the needless repetition.

No-one will ever accuse Erikson of having this failing? The main frustration I have in these first books is that
Deborah Obida
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.

'Children are dying.'
Lull nodded. 'That's a succinct summ
Reread: 2018/01/29 - 2018/02/19

A BR with my Malazan comrade, Samir.

Aww, this book broke me again. All those deaths.....

But nonetheless, I was in love with Fid again 💜💜💜💜 (view spoiler) or Moby 💜💜💜💜 (view spoiler)

I found so much anew, also the fact that were missed by me the first time. Like for example,
Robin (Bridge Four)


I finished and I would give this more stars but it makes me feel like I'm a fantasy idiot. I'm not, I know that I'm not, I usually can really dig in and understand what is going on in most fantasy. But in this series it is so dense that I read all the words and feel like I'm maybe only picking up a third of what I should be.

The world building is immense and Steven Erickson isn't afraid to be brutal and kill everyone in the book you liked. But are they really dead???? Well that is anot
Stefan Bach
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The lesson of history is that no one learns.”

It’s quite a risk, after Gardens of the Moon, which was a divisive beginning of the series, to follow that up with a story with a completely new cast of characters on a completely different continent, introducing new setting, while disregarding almost everything known from the previous book.
It’s like starting series twice.
Luckily, this second start is with a bang!

Let’s just jump right into it.


Deadhouse Gates pic
Scott  Hitchcock
While not the emotional mess I was after the first reading of this book it certainly stirred my emotions and empathy. Tied with a few other books in this series as the best ever it held its own on a re-read.

You realize the first time through how many Easter eggs Erikson leaves. The second time around you realize you missed more than you caught. All the subtle little references that sometimes don't come out until books down the road. It was so enjoyable marking them all and knowing what and when
Michael Britt
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Man oh man, where to start. This'll be hard to review without spoilers, so I'll try. First off, this one has so much better writing than Gardens of the Moon. Which is saying a lot because I really liked that one, too. Way more battle scenes in this one, too, and I really love how he writes his battle scenes. This book is very emotionally heavy, too. You really feel the hopelessness and despair that the characters are feeling.

Next, the new cast of characters. Well, mostly new. I truly loved each
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book. This series is shoving A Song of Ice and Fire off my top fantasy series of all time very quickly. The scope and detail of this world Erikson has created is truly awe inspiring. He sucks the reader in and then spits you back out at the end. Your feelings range from joy, when reunions occur. Then to despair and tears when characters who have weaved their way into the fabric of the story die.

The Empire can be brutal and as we grind along with the the Seventh, The Wickens to
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5/5 stars] I started Deadhouse Gates in January… Of 2019.

The writing is dense, no bout a doubt it, but it took a lot longer than it probably should have to get through the book considering how good it is. Part of my problem is that I’m a perfectionist and a completionist, so if I was going to tackle a series like Malazan, I wanted to make sure I got the full experience from it. There are so many characters and places referenced that it really does take a lot of extra concentration to keep it
Lena K.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Oh this book... It broke my heart too many times!

“Children are dying.” Lull nodded. That’s a succinct summary of humankind, I’d say. Who needs tomes and volumes of history? Children are dying. The injustices of the world hide in those three words. Quote me, Duiker, and your work’s done.”

Deadhouse Gates is the second tale in the “Malazan Book of the Fallen” series, and it takes place after the events of the first book – Gardens of the Moon. Gardens of the Moon was relatively a tough read for
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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 series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Other books in the series

Malazan Book of the Fallen (10 books)
  • Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
  • Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
  • House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
  • Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
  • The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #6)
  • Reaper's Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #7)
  • Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8)
  • Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)
  • The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)

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“Children are dying."
Lull nodded. "That's a succinct summary of humankind, I'd say. Who needs tomes and volumes of history? Children are dying. The injustices of the world hide in those three words.”
“The lesson of history is that no one learns.” 345 likes
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