Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy, #2) by Ian C. Esslemont

Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy, #2)

After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To do so they join forces with a small band of Napans who have fled a civil war on their own home island. The plan, however, soon goes awry as Kellanved develops a strange and dangerous fascination for a mysterious ancient structure found on the island.The chaos in the region exte...

Details Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy, #2)

TitleDeadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy, #2)
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Reviews Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy, #2)

  • James Lafayette Tivendale
    I received an advanced copy of Deadhouse Landing in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Ian C. Esslemont and Macmillan/Forge for this opportunity. Deadhouse Landing is the engaging and stunning second novel within the Path to Ascendancy trilogy and is set prior to the events of Erikson's The Malazan Book of the Fallen and Esslemont's Malazan Empire. We are presented an incredibly detailed world that the two friends co-created and...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    Book 1: 5*'sBook 2: Even betterWhen you've been looking forward to a release for forever there's a tendency to set the bar so high there's no way it can live up to expectations. Then there's that rare book that smashes those expectations. It really is amazing how much ICE has grown as an author. Reading his first book Night of Knives at some point last year his prose was clunky, the story somewhat disjointed but hey it was still the Malazan world...
  • Emma
    Review to come
  • Stefan Bach
    Deadhouse Landing, second book in Path to Ascendancy series and sequel to magnificent Dancer’s Lament, managed to stay a good book (not as good as the first one, sadly) despite constantly being tripped by none other but author himself.The story starts not long after misadventure in Li Heng happened, where Wu and Dorin, now Kelanved and Dancer, were thrown away from after their disastrous attempt on usurping the throne, which lead...
  • Bookwraiths
    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Deadhouse Landing is the second installment of Ian C. Esslemont’s Path to Ascendancy trilogy; this series set prior to the events in Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen and Esslemont’s Malazan Empire. Never having read any of the Malazan books before receiving a review copy of this novel from the publisher, I immediately procured a copy of Dancer’s Lament, dove right in, and found myself quic...
  • Michael Britt
    All I really have to say I almost, ALMOST prefer this series to the BotF. It’s not nearly as epic, but it’s much more....enjoyable, if that’s the right word. His writing style is much “tighter” than SE, by that I mean he doesn’t have these inner philosophical musings that SE tends to ramble on. I absolutely LOVED BotF, but I love this series, so far, for different reasons.
  • Mpauli
    This is a book clearly dedicated to Malazan aficionados.Once again we're following the duo of Wu and Dancer and see their first steps on Malaz Island.We also see a lot of the people that will become important players within the Empire. We learn about the relationship of Surly with her Nappan crew including Cartheron and Urko Crust.We learn of Dassem Ultor and how he became the Mortal Sword of Hood.We learn of Tayschrenn and his days on Kartool as...
  • Rob
    Possibly my favorite Esslemont work of fiction to date. His pacing and prose have certainly improved over time from his earlier days. When you read Gardens of the Moon you are of course made to feel like you've landed in the middle of something that has been going for a long time. This book is something of a reward to long-time readers, letting us in the inner-circle finally get to know things we've been wanting to know for years. How characters ...
  • Arkadeb
    A superb follow up to Dancer's Lament. This book does an outstanding job of introducing the "Old Guard". Readers also receive some much yearned for insight into the abilities of our two primary protagonists. A whole host of new characters are introduced. The storytelling is just as good, if not better as the first book. The next book cannot come fast enough.
  • Scott
    Yeah, not surprisingly, I gave this 5 stars. It was great second installment of this prequel trilogy, which is doing an amazing job of showing the founding of the Malazan Empire. It’s so very cool getting see young Dancer and Kelanved and Dassem come together in these books. Some pretty great cameos too with other well-known Malazan stars. Any fans of this world have to read these books
  • Lady*M
    4+ starsEveryone who has read Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen knows the story of Dancer and Kellanved, two friends who started the Empire in a pub and, later, went on to usurp the throne of the House of Shadow, reaching ascendancy.I compared previous book, Dancer's Lament, to the first grade period. We are well past that in this one. We watch as Kellanved takes giant steps in conquering the Warren of Meanas and creating the ripples which att...
  • Terence
    I’ve been reading some of the reviews of this novel, and I can’t but wonder whether I’m reading the same book. One review in particular struck me. The author feels that Esslemont has only grown as a writer and that this entry in the series is his best work yet.I couldn’t disagree more.In fact, I just finished a section where the author told us (secondhand, no less) what he most definitely should have shown us – how Dassem became Hood’...
  • Fernando Martins
    Selo Malazano 5 estrelas de qualidade.O único ruim do livro é só ter 380 páginas. Eu quero mais! Mais OLD GUARD, please!
  • Seregil of Rhiminee
    Originally published at Risingshadow.Ian C. Esslemont's Deadhouse Landing is a sequel to Dancer's Lament, which was the first novel of the Path to Ascendancy series. It's an impressive and welcome addition to the Malazan World novels, because it continues to reveal more information about the history of the world of Malaz.Before I delve into reviewing this novel, I feel obligated to mention this: What Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont have creat...
  • Doug
    A solid sequel to Esslemont's wonderful Dancer's Lament.What stands out here is the cast of characters. While the first book in this series gave us the earliest glimpses of a small but important group of characters we'd recognize from Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series, this book really doubles down on that and introduces the reader to virtually everyone else. From the time the reader sees the dramatis personae, the book is really exciti...
  • Xavi
    Siempre es agradable volver al universo de Malaz. Sigue bastante el ritmo de la serie principal: planteamiento intrigante, confluencia y desarrollo final confuso y muy rápido.
  • Eduardo Schimitt
    Eu recebi um ARC desse livro e devo dizer que esse é provavelmente o melhor livro dentro do universo Malazano. Esperem uma resenha detalhada Soon™
  • Daniel Garrido
    Ian C. Esslemont inició el año pasado una nueva trilogía que retrocedía en el tiempo alrededor de unos cien años antes de los sucesos del Libro de los Caídos para explorar el que es sin duda uno de los periodos más interesantes del universo malazano. Nada menos que la fundación del todopoderoso Imperio de Malaz, y todo ello narrado desde el privilegiado punto de vista de dos los personajes más relevantes del mundo fantástico creado por ...
  • Rebecca
    So just one thing – why the heck didn’t this book get promoted like books that are actually garbage with a nice cover do???? Every single book set in the Malazan world that I’ve read is awesome (I can’t attest to the Bauchelain and Korbal Broach ones) and the Dancer’s Lament was ICE’s best book to date. It stands to reason that Deadhouse Landing should be just as good, if not better (which it was) so… does that mean Tor felt it didn...
  • B.J. Richardson
    Wow. It's almost December and I think I have just finished the best work of fiction I have read this year. This book is just that good. Seriously. In the original Malazan series, we see a world that has a rich backstory spanning eons of time and multiple continents all with a full rich history. Outside of Tolkien, I do not think there exists a fantasy world as deep and full as these two authors (Esslemont and Erikson) have created. When the first...
  • David
    “An ancient army, cursed to search forever – so they say.’‘Search for what?’The little fellow flicked his fingers, irritated. ‘Well … for their enemy, I assume. What else does an army search for?’‘A tavern?”What's so intriguing about the Malazan universe is that it is filled with all these weird and daring characters who wear their odd nature like a suit. It seems the more odd you are( and the more you don't give a damn about...
  • Chris
  • Maggie K
    wow, sooooo good.I was happy to see many familiar faces in this prequel, dealing with Kellanved and Dancers takeover of Malaz.We see Dassem, Tattersail, Dujek, Surly, Tayschrenn, Urtho and Cathereon Crust, and even Toc the Elder! So cool to see them at the beginning of the story.Writing wise, we are seeing ICE at his best. The characters, the tension-building, the deatil are all spot-on.
  • Mike O'brecht
    All of the books in the series by either Esselmont or Erikson are amazing. This one doesn’t disappoint. I especially liked learning about all of the major characters in Malazan Book of the Fallen series. If you loved that series, you’ll love this one.This book makes me want to go back and read the original Malazan Book of the Fallen series all over again!
  • Victor
    I rounded up from 3.5. There were a lot of problems with this book, but I think Esslemont did enough to elevate it from wink-wink fanservice stuff. That's probably the biggest pitfall to avoid when writing a prequel. And let me be clear; there is a lot of stuff like that here. I'll do a little spoilered list, just from memory:(view spoiler)[How Kellanved got his name "Kellanved"How the Claw originatedDassem's backstoryTattersail's backstoryTaysch...
  • Dayoo
    One of the best books i've read in a very long time. Esslemont has outdone himself.
  • Adam Whitehead
    Empires are usually born from great deeds and mighty events, order and victories rather than chaos and shadows. But a new power now stands on the brink of realisation. A crew of renegade Napans have washed ashore on remote Malaz Island and formed an alliance of convenience with a mad mage and an assassin. From the mainland comes a swordsman without equal. On neighbouring Kartool Island a high priest in the cult of D'rek is betrayed and seeks a ne...
  • Josh
    This is quite possibly Ian C. Esslemont's best book to date. It's everything a Malazan book should be. If Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates were written like this, I daresay this would be one of the most popular epic fantasy series on the planet. It has those elements that were missing from the early books in the series, things such as heavy investment in key characters, much better explanation of what was going on and the backstories - in ...