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Deadhouse Gates

The Malazan Book of the Fallen 2
Written by: Steven Erikson
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Length: 34 hrs and 4 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Deadhouse Gates: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 2 by Steven Erikson, read by Ralph Lister.

Weakened by events in Darujhistan, the Malazan Empire teeters on the brink of anarchy. In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha'ik gathers an army around her in preparation for the long-prophesied uprising named the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in its size and savagery, it will embroil in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known: a maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust that will shape destinies and give birth to legends.... 

In the Otataral mines, Felisin, youngest daughter of the disgraced House of Paran, dreams of revenge against the sister who sentenced her to a life of slavery. Escape leads her to Raraku, where her soul will be reborn and her future made clear. The now-outlawed Bridgeburners, Fiddler and the assassin Kalam, have vowed to return the once god-possessed Apsalar to her homeland and to confront and kill the Empress Laseen, but events will overtake them, too. 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 30,000 refugees and, in so doing, secure an illustrious place in the Empire's chequered history. And into this blighted land come two ancient wanderers, Mappo and his half-Jaghut companion Icarium, bearers of a devastating secret that threatens to break free of its chains.... 

Set in a brilliantly realised world ravaged by anarchy and dark, uncontrollable magic, Deadhouse Gates is the thrilling, brutal second chapter in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. A powerful novel of war, intrigue and betrayal, it confirms Steven Erikson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination and originality - a new master of epic fantasy.

©2000 Steven Erikson (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Tatras
  • 15-11-19

Beautiful language and branched scene building

Deadhouse gates: Great and entertaining naration from Ralph Lister. Beautiful language and scene building, mosaic personae and world! Yet I have to admit that I had to look to Malazan Wiki in some parts to sum what actually happened because of that many personae and ornamental language. Due to this "picturing" language a scene building this is one of few fiction books that I would probably read again (I normally don't do that, it's usuay boring for me since I know what will happen). In opposite to Gardens of the Moon I got really hooked on Deadhouse Gates and I enjoyed its darker atmosphere.

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  • M. G. Down
  • 08-03-19

A fine story. Deep in Intrigue. Riveting.

Excellent story, great characters. Be warned, difficult to follow as the storyline is hard to comprehend at times, this is not an easy listen. I have purchased the book so I can go over it again to get a better grip on the finer points and of course maps.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-19

What a winner

This book both made cry laughing and cry for sadness of the chain of dogs.
Great character building carrying on from the Gardens of the Moon.
addictive listening.
5 out of 5 again.
A real 5 out of 5.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-19

Outstanding book and narration

Fantasy writing that is a cut above the cliched norm. Depth and detail to characters and plot lines. Superbly read and immersive. If you are on this book you already know these things. Outstanding.

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  • Mr. Jw Perks
  • 20-03-20

Brilliant performance

A brilliant performance of an epic story managing to capture its complexities and compelling narrative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-19

good book

good book, good narrator, but the switches between storylines are very sudden, making it easy to miss.

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  • mrs e obrien
  • 13-10-19

enjoyable listen

full of emotion, went through all the range from happiness to tearery sadness, roll on the next book

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  • lxbrxcibalpxzi
  • 08-10-19

Long, complicated and so worth the listen

The Malazan series is definitely divisive, but in my opinion it is something you must try as a fantasy fan. You will be incredibly confused and lost as to all the information, terminology and backstory that is thrown at you in snippets, leaving you with countless questions and no answers to any of them. that's the charm of the book, as well as its incredible pacing and depth of characters and world.

Ralph Lister took a bit of getting used to, but after just a single chapter you can get enthralled by his steady pacing, varied tones and voices. a very talented narrator who just fits the book and its characters perfectly.

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  • mary keogan
  • 25-08-19

Brilliant book. Best yet in the series

I’m very disappointed to know that the narrator has changed after the first three books. This narrator, in my humble opinion, was perfect!

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  • Alan
  • 16-08-19

The road to hell

one of the most amazing books of the series, Steven Erickson is the master...💙 highly recommend

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  • Tyrannosaurus Magnum
  • 26-06-19

Dense but brilliant.

Malazan has its hooks in me now. This is a better book than gardens of the moon, onto the third now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-19

An unraveling of the sword, sorcery and sandal...

Loved it. Complicated by the same jargon and [a new] mass of characters as the first installment, book 2 proves to slowly unveil the world in splendid fashion. The parade marches on and Erikson and the narrator serve the audience justice after justice. Highly recommended for those searching for an involved story and stimulating prose amongst a developed fictional world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-01-19

worth the read

great book but the story gap between 1 and 2 annoyed me a bit but all in all enjoyable