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Book Title: House of Chains|
The author of the book: Steven Erikson
Edition: Subterranean Press
Date of issue: 2014
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*** 4 ***
A buddy read with my friends and Fantasy Fanatics @ BB&B, because we have decided to read every major Fantasy work ever!!!
"..."He believes otherwise, and that conviction is more important than what might or might not be true."..."
I tell you what is frustrating: writing a full, very passionate review on your phone app, and the app deciding to reload and looses the whole review!!!! This should teach me not to be lazy and get to my PC the next time I want to write something... Can't even blame GR for that, although it would have made me feel better:)
"..."Hatred is a most pernicious weed, finding root in any kind of soil. It feeds on itself.’............... "The land itself had no difficulty absorbing spilled blood; its thirst was indiscriminate, true to the nature of land everywhere."..."
Another thing which is very frustrating - the bunches and bunches of self important, selfish, and completely insane Malazan G-ds!!!! For goodness gracious, could those buggers be any more evil and raveling in it than they already are??? Well, not all of them, but here we get to meet the Seven G-ds in the Stone, revered by the Northern Genabackis tribes of Teblor, who have twisted their follower's understandings of what their culture and values should be, making of the sparsely populated 11 tribes enemies for eternity, keeping the population low and stuck in primitive existence, creating a culture of tribal wars, dog-eat-dog, blood and bluster or death as the only choices in life. Those Seven have culled the births of more children by deeming them "unfit" and "imperfect" and taking their blood and life as sacrifices to their own glory. It is lucky that these Teblor, the descendants of the Thelomen Toblakai, are a very resilient race. The focus of those Seven in our book is Karsa Orlong, a young for his long-lived mortal race male, over 7 feet tall, heavy with muscle, as typical for his people, and ambitious beyond belief. This ambition is fed by stories of bluster from his grandpa, and the constant mind communication and attempt at control from his G-ds, The Seven in the Stone. Brainwashed for glory and conquest, he leaves with two of his friends to raid the "children of the Low-lands". It sounds disturbing, until you figure they call children any normal human, since they are like kids in stature compared to the Teblor.
"..."... they worship Darkness.’
Karsa, suddenly weary, sat down on the steps leading to the forecastle. ‘Darkness,’ he muttered. ‘A place where one is left blind—a strange thing to worship.’
‘Perhaps the most realistic worship of all,’ the Daru replied, wrapping another severed head. ‘How many of us bow before a god in the desperate hope that we can somehow shape our fate? Praying to that familiar face pushes away our terror of the unknown—the unknown being the future. Who knows, maybe these Tiste Andii are the only ones among us all who see the truth, the truth being oblivion.’ Keeping his eyes averted, he carefully gathered another black-skinned, long-haired head. ‘It’s a good thing these poor souls have no throats left to utter sounds, else we find ourselves in a ghastly debate.’
‘You doubt your own words, then.’
‘Always, Karsa. On a more mundane level, words are like gods—a means of keeping the terror at bay. I will likely have nightmares about this until my aged heart finally gives out. An endless succession of heads, with all-too-cognizant eyes, to wrap up in sealskin. And with each one I tie up, pop! Another appears.’
‘Your words are naught but foolishness.’
‘Oh, and how many souls have you delivered unto darkness, Karsa Orlong?’
The Teblor’s eyes narrowed. ‘I do not think it was darkness that they found,’..."..."
The first quarter of the book we get to follow Karsa's violent beginnings, his tribulations, his humbling, and eventual growth and maturity. What I love about the creation of this character is that the author starts with this blustering, pompous, bombastic character, who is larger than life, but in his way to maturity, he does not lose any of his grandness or majestic barbarity, despite the changes that take place in him. He started big and continued still bigger than life, an overwhelming character and an enormous fun to read about. One of his traveling companions, Torvald Nom whom I loved!!!, explained what the Malazan rule had brought to the land and why the Apocalypse Rebellion was ripe to happen:
"..."And that, with the Malazan conquest, the thugs ended up spiked to the city walls or on the run. And the wilder tribes no longer sweep down out of the hills to deliver mayhem on their more civilized kin. And the tyranny of the priesthoods was shattered, putting an end to human sacrifice and extortion. And of course the merchants have never been richer, or safer on these roads. So, all in all, this land is rife for rebellion.’ Karsa stared at Torvald for a long moment, then said, ‘Yes, I can see how that would be true.’ The Daru grinned. ‘You’re learning, friend.’"..."
Hahaha!!! Love that!!! So very historically true:):):):)
The rest of the book involves the Malazan's army, mostly of fresh recruits, under the Adjunct Tavore Paran, marching to meet with the host of the Apocalypse, headed by Sha’ik reborn with her council of wasps, since all of them seem to be working in cross-purposes. Neither one of them has calculated how much the spirits living in the Raraku desert are going to involve themselves in the conflict.
"..."Raraku is a hostile land, resentful of whatever life dared exploit it. Not holy at all, but cursed. Devourer of dreams, destroyer of ambitions. And why not? It’s a damned desert."..."
This forth book in the series closed up the ark of the Whirlwind rebellion and gave us seeds and crumbs for new arks of the future. We got to visit with some old friends, Strings, I am looking at you, dude, and we got to meet some more scary and disturbing characters, as well as open the doors to past monsters entering the new era of the Malazan Empire. The book was easier to read, maybe because we have gotten used to the author"s style of writing, maybe because this was a bit more linear of a story, but it still carried the bleak overtones of the series so far. All the charachters have one thing in common - they are all in the spectrum between good and evil, fluctuating depending on the situation, making it harder to root for someone in particular. However, as disturbing as some of Karsa's actions were, he is very invigorating to read about! It will be interesting to see how the author transitions into the new story lines from here on out. I know I am going to be there every step of the way!!!
"..."‘Innocence is only a virtue, lass, when it is temporary. You must pass from it to look back and recognize its unsullied purity. To remain innocent is to twist beneath invisible and unfathomable forces all your life, until one day you realize that you no longer recognize yourself, and it comes to you that innocence was a curse that had shackled you, stunted you, defeated your every expression of living.’"..."
Now I wish you all Happy Reading and May You Always Find What You Need in the Pages of a good Book!!!
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Read information about the authorSteven Erikson is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. His best-known work is the series, the Malazan Book of the Fallen.
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