- Publisher: Tor Books
- Format: Paperback | 1036 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 168mm x 46mm | 454g
- Publication date: 19 May 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0765348810
- ISBN 13: 9780765348814
- Sales rank: 10,683
In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny. Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Tavore, the Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold of Seven Cities. New to command, she must hone twelve thousand soldiers, mostly raw recruits but for a handful of veterans of Coltaine's legendary march, into a force capable of challenging the massed hordes of Sha'ik's Whirlwind who lie in wait in the heart of the Holy Desert. But waiting is never easy. The seer's warlords are locked into a power struggle that threatens the very soul of the rebellion, while Sha'ik herself suffers, haunted by the knowledge of her nemesis: her own sister, Tavore. And so begins this awesome new chapter in Steven Erikson's acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen . . .
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Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including "The Crippled God," "Dust of Dreams," "Toll the Hounds" and "Reaper's Gale," have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. The first book in the series, "Gardens of the Moon," was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. The second novel, "Deadhouse Gates," was voted one of the ten best fantasy novels of 2000 by SF Site. He lives in Canada.
" Erikson has no peer when it comes to action and imagination, and joins the ranks of Tolkien and Donaldson in his mythic vision and perhaps then goes one better." -- SF Site on "House of Chains" "Unusual among fantasy writers, Erikson suceeds in making readers empathize equally with all sides involved in his world's vast, century-spanning conflict."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred reveiw) on "House of Chains"