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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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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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Devastatingly Beautiful

I thought I was prepared for this experience as I have already travelled it's roads. But knowing where the journey was taking me did not lessen the impact. It in fact strengthened the feeling of helplessness I felt for the characters. My heart weeps.

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amazing

It's a book I couldn't stop listening to!
heart breaking yet funny
a must read!

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worth the read

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

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  • Tatras
  • 15-11-2019

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
  • 08-03-2019

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
  • 24-01-2019

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.
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  • 04-05-2019

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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  • Axislip
  • 15-04-2021

An Outstanding D'ive Into Malazan

Deadhouse Gates shares similarities to Gardens of the Moon in that it accelerates greatly towards the end with incredible feeling of wanting to start the next chapter.

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  • Thusitha Chandrapala
  • 15-02-2021

Interesting storyline but hard for 1st read

There are lots of missing knowledge that a second reading (after finishing the series) or browsing through wikis is required to properly understand and appreciate. I think a book should be self contained when reading in order. Otherwise great storytelling!

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  • Shane
  • 15-02-2021

Unbelievable epic

The storytelling, the world, the immersion. What a story Steven Erikson has created here and what execution as well. Taking us to a completely different side of the world to the first book but instead of losing momentum it builds upon the first book and adds to cast of fantastic character in Deadhouse Gates. Mappo and Icarium are immense in their own right and absolutely heartbreaking at the same time in their dynamic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2021

Fantasy genre reborn!

a masterful invention of a world rich with history and lore. Genuine and deep characters give life to this story, striking a balance in likeability.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-2020

Great enthralling listen

complex storyline and interesting characters, if only the narrator had a more varied voice repertoire

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  • John Mackenzie
  • 17-08-2020

Worth the time and gets better and better

Came across these books by accident and was surprised to find a story line that twist and turns and joins back together with subtle ways leaving you desperate for the next book all in all very good and well worth it so stick with it and you will be glad you did. Great narration brings life to the characters

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  • Jacob
  • 24-06-2020

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again, much too complicated to keep track of what is going on... even after finishing the previous book and moving on directly to this one. Only attempt if you can devote 100% of your attention.

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