House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen #4)

Author(s): Steven Erikson

Science Fiction/Fantasy

In Northern Genabackis, just before the events recounted in GARDENS OF THE MOON, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flat lands. Their intention is to wreak havoc among the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove an extraordinary destiny. Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Coltaine, revered commander of the Malazan 7th Army is dead. And now Tavore, elder sister of Ganoes Paran and Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of the Seven Cities to take charge. Untested and new to command, she must hone a small army of twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits, into a viable fighting force and lead them into battle against the massed hordes of Sha'ik's Whirlwind. Her only hope lies in resurrecting the shattered faith of the few remaining survivors from Coltaine's legendary march, veterans one and all. In distant Raraku, in the heart of the Holy Desert, the seer Sha'ik waits with her rebel army. But waiting is never easy. Her disparate collection of warlords - tribal chiefs, High Mages, a renegade Malazan Fist and his sorceror - is locked in a vicious power struggle that threatens to tear the rebellion apart from within. And Sha'ik herself suffers, haunted by the private knowledge of her nemesis, Tavore...her own sister. So begins the awesome new chapter in Steven Erikson's MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN - an epic novel of war, intrigue, magic and betrayal from a writer regarded as one of the most original, imaginative and exciting storytellers in fantasy today.


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An archaeologist and anthropologist, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Steven Erikson lives in Winnipeg. His first fantasy novel, GARDENS OF THE MOON, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award and the second, DEADHOUSE GATES, was voted 'one of the 10 best fantasy novels of the year'. The third and fourth books in his epic Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence - MEMORIES OF ICE and HOUSE OF CHAINS have each received remarkable critical acclaim, confirming him as one of the most significant fantasy writers of his generation.

General Fields

  • : 9780553813135
  • : penguin random house
  • : Bantam Books Inc
  • : June 2003
  • : 179mm X 108mm X 45mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2003
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 813.54
  • : 1040
  • : Fantasy
  • : 3 maps
  • : Steven Erikson
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition