|Submitted by Gary |
(Dec 09, 2005)
House of Chains is another great novel – though readers should be warned to not expect a continuation of Memories of Ice. My initial reaction to the depressing conclusion of book 3 was that the author originally planned it to end the series, and House of Chains strengthened my assumption. Rather, Erickson back-tracks and brings the reader up to par with parallel events and characters introduced in previous stories, with House of Chains ending nearly on the same timeline as Memories of Ice.
Whether it was due to my disheartened shock of no beloved Bridgeburners or any other depth with characters previously introduced, or simply adjusting to what felt like a different writing style - I had to work at turning pages until well past the 300 barrier before Erickson managed to capture my vivid attention. It was a good long read before I started putting together the pieces and realized these “new” characters aren’t new at all.
Overall, House of Chains is a must-have for lovers of the series. One can only hope that the remaining handful of books will be similar in nature – filling in the gaps, histories, races and legends from previous books that were previously left almost entirely to the imagination.