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House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen #4)

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In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.
Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Tavore, the Adjun
Paperback, 672 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Tor Books (first published 2004)
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Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fantasy-grim
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with my friends and Fantasy Fanatics @ BB&B, because we have decided to read every major Fantasy work ever!!!

"..."He believes otherwise, and that conviction is more important than what might or might not be true."..."

I tell you what is frustrating: writing a full, very passionate review on your phone app, and the app deciding to reload and looses the whole review!!!! This should teach me not to be lazy and get to my PC the next time I want to write something... Can't
Apr 04, 2014 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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Even though Memories of Ice left me heart broken, something urged me to continue right away (and I got a nudge from my dear GR friends :))
TS Chan
There will be slaughter. Yet another apocalypse on Raraku's restless sands. It is as it should be.

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.

The House of Chains weighed like a ton of bricks on my psyc
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
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A buddy read with the lovely ladies Sade and Orient. Thank you for putting up with me on this adventure. :D

‘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 o
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
edge of bubble
I don't know what to say about this book, rn. yet again, I'm left mentally and emotionally exhausted. and sad. it is a wee bit different this time,though. encompassing one.

will try to write a review later.
Feb 12, 2014 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
Jul 27, 2011 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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Once I get to the end of one of these books it feels like this huge accomplishment. Mostly because they are really so very dense and maybe it is close to 1000 pages but it seems like so much more.


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
Sade Agbaje
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hatred is a most pernicious weed, finding root in any kind of soil. It feeds on itself"
-Torvald Nom

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 eerily o
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
Apr 16, 2012 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
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.
David Sven
Apr 15, 2012 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 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
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 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
A great BR with the queen of Red Blades and the king of Claws.

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 tw
Mar 15, 2015 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'
Dec 02, 2016 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 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
Shobhit Sharad
Mar 21, 2017 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
Mar 22, 2017 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
May 14, 2011 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
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liberazione dalle catene

"Il cuore non viene dato né rubato. Il cuore si arrende"

Strepitoso romanzo di transizione, paradossalmente capace di acquisire profondità e significato solamente al termine della saga.
Il vivido acquerello dipinto da Erikson acquisisce sempre più sfumature impercettibili nelle sottigliezze; la complessità cromatica ammanta le vicende narrate e diventa peculiarità universale dell'opera.
La sopravvivenza passa attraverso infanzie rovinate, tradimenti dettati da inclinazioni
Chris Berko
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite of the four I've read so far. Still a great story, expansive and all that, but I thought it ended very abruptly with some buildups leading to unsatisfying conclusions. IMHO. Don't get me wrong I think this is top shelf entertainment but compared to the intensity of the first three I felt it was sub-par. On to book five.
Jay  The Crippled God

To grief is a gift that is best share, as a song is shared.

This book had taken long yet missable time for it was one long journey and I grief for its End. I enjoyed every bit.
Sep 17, 2012 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
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
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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.
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Other Books in the Series

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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