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Deadhouse Gates (Book 2 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)

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It’s not clear what he wants, or who he works for, but it’s pretty obvious he’s some kind of highly qualified nasty bastard. The quality is amazing, but some of my enjoyment is lost as I cannot understand the story well enough to enjoy it the way that I would a Janny Wurts or a George RR Martin novel. Mebra is yet another minion of the Apocalypse, and is about as trustworthy as you’d expect someone with a name that sounds like ‘cobra’ to be. As they say – once a turncoat, always a turncoat, and even the supposedly omniscient Sha’ik isn’t sure she can trust him. Duiker is the Malazan Imperial Historian, which sounds like a position involving a fair amount of prestige.

The theme so obvious in this story line is the civilian population’s disdain and contempt for the soldiers who are quite literally keeping them alive. The Malazan world is very well-done and complex, and it is on a scale more massive than anything I have ever seen, but the reader is not given much information about why things are the way they are, despite there being two 1000-page novels under his or her belt. Meanwhile, Coltaine, the charismatic commander of the Malaz 7th Army, will lead his battered, war-weary troops in a last, valiant running battle to save the lives of thirty thousand refugees and, in so doing, secure an illustrious place in the Empire’s chequered history.Felisin dons Sha’ik's clothing and, using something of the goddess's power, she reads the thoughts of the High Mages: Bidithal abused Sha’ik as a child, Febryl tried to poison her thrice, and L’oric is an enigma, but all kneel before her with the crowd in the end. He learns of a traitor Jhistal within Pormqual's camp in Aren from rebels he affects to join as he travels, and joins a Malazan family fleeing toward Aren after he helps them defeat the rebels, including Captain Keneb and his wife's sister Minala, both warriors. The sweet lil’ fishergirl possessed by the Patron of Assassins and then slipped into the Bridgeburners as their creepy-arsed new recruit?

The three are sent to an otataral mine off the coast of the continent of the Seven Cities, where Felisin offers her body to the slaves’ self-appointed leader Beneth in exchange for protection for the trio, and becomes addicted to narcotic durhang.Kulp manages to open a rent from Kurald Emurlahn to his own Meanas warren, drawing the attention of an undead Soletaken dragon, which grants Kulp the power to heal the rent. Pust, later en route home, finds the spider D’ivers Mogora hiding in his clothing but uninterested in the Path of Hands, and sees the dragon T’lan Imass Bonecaster guardian of the real gate at his temple leave into a warren. In addition to Coltaine’s March, there are a number of vital sub-plots that underpin the entire series, but due to the length of this review, I won’t go into them. This is the only novel in the series where the UK and US editions share the same cover; the other US books use a different cover artist and style.

Yes, in spite of his fierce exterior, Icarium is polite, considerate, and well-educated; a gentle giant with a deep philosophical streak and an earnest desire to explore history’s layers during his never-ending quest to recover his own memories. Yil follows Kalam to Sha’ik, watches him deliver the Book of the Apocalypse to her and receive the gift of an aptorian demon bodyguard, and kills her after Kalam departs, despite Sha’ik's guardians Leoman of the Flails and Toblakai. However, Seven Cities is being consumed by a rebellion known as the Whirlwind, led by the prophetess Sha'ik from the Holy Desert of Raraku. As Fiddler, Crokus, and Apsalar travel separately through Raraku, Apsalar's memories gradually confirm that the Rope, the patron god of assassins, who possessed her as Sorry, was the previous Emperor Kellenvad's assassin Dancer, and that Kellenvad and Dancer must have escaped Laseen's assassination efforts by ascending to godhood over the new Warren and House of Shadow.When veered into his D’ivers form, big bad GRYLLEN becomes hundreds of rats that cover the ground like a carpet, overwhelming his enemies by sheer force of numbers and devouring them in mere minutes.

The ship arrives at Malaz City and Elan reveals himself to be Pearl and that, though the Empress wants to speak with Kalam, the Claw takes care of its own business and stabs Kalam and throws him overboard to face three Hands of Claws in the city, and Minala catches up to him and helps. The middle section is a pain in the ass to get through, and the ending of like 4/6 storylines left much to be desired. Apt and Fiddler’s group appear as Kalam and Minala leave Mock’s Hold and Shadowthrone takes them all into Shadow to save them from the Claws that are still after Kalam. As a childhood victim of her own native culture’s barbarism, Lostara is a staunch supporter of the Malazan occupation and will do all she can to maintain it. The narrative balances numerous threads, diving deep into the rich history, culture, and magic of the Malazan world, culminating in a complex tale of survival and sacrifice.Shadow Hounds join them as they approach the House through the battle in its surrounding maze and try to take Icarium after he defeats some shapeshifters, but Mappo, Fiddler, and even Apsalar threaten to protect him, and Pust is forced from his deal to give the Azath Icarium in exchange for not taking the Hounds. A much harsher reminder of Heboric’s former role – or, rather, his reasons for leaving it – are his missing hands, which were cut off and given to Fener after Heboric got caught with them in the coffers. Kalam, a native of the Seven Cities, makes contact with the lingering resistance to Malazan rule, and agrees to deliver Dryjhna's Holy Book, which will unleash the rebellion's Apocalypse, to Sha’ik in Raraku.

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