|Submitted by Gary Zarback |
(Nov 18, 2005)
Steven Erikson follows through his first book with a resounding thunderclap that will shatter your teeth with horror, decadence and futility, yet strengthen your hope - all viciously crammed in one terrifyingly epic continuation called Deadhouse Gates.
The characters you grew to love, hate or fear in Gardens of the Moon may or may not be found within these 700+ pages of small print, though they are still part of the saga each and every one. You will be whisked off in many directions, introduced to more unusual creatures and strangely powerful beings contained with the Malazan mythology, and laugh out loud as your imagination interacts with a slightly crazy priest.
The realism of war is played out with uncanny brutality, precision and clarity that may sicken you, but never leaves you without hope. Plots within plots keep the reader frantically clawing for the next page while you are still thinking about something that occurred some pages past. The Glossary will be well-used, some concepts and ideas from the first book will be more revealed while others seem to grow more vague. As the book comes to an end, Erikson masterfully brings the drama to a close yet the reader is helplessly in dire need of more.
Book 1 of the series, Gardens of the Moon should be a prerequisite merely to attune the reader to this difficulty of reading & introduction to the mythology that Erikson weaves. Book 2 has reaffirmed the status of Erikson as being one of my favorite authors of all time.