I’m halfway through Steven Erikson’s House of Chains now. I have managed to clip along at about 5% a day, which represents about 40 pages per day. Carving out even that much time has been a challenge, but I seem to be hitting my stride. The first 200 pages were a struggle, but now the story has picked up the pace with characters I’m more familiar with, and I’m fully engaged, despite there being 7 years since I read Memories of Ice. Although there is still much jumping between viewpoints, I seem to be handling it better than past books…perhaps I’ve grown more accustomed to Erikson’s style? Also some plot points are being explained that are making sense of things I was confused about, which helps immensely.
My path forward in this series will be determined by the following map, which you can find at the Malazan Wiki page…
The map is challenge to follow, but the 6th paragraph down describes what my approach will be.
It details a good path to follow when reading both Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen and Esslemont’s Novels of the Malazan Empire. The order is as follows:
Gardens of the Moon
Night of Knives
Memories of Ice
House of Chains
Return of the Crimson Guard
Toll the Hounds
Dust of Dreams
Orb Sceptre Throne
The Crippled God
Blood and Bone
Now, I slightly deviated from this order when I read Night of Knives after Deadhouse Gates, but that had little impact as far as I could tell. Also, I’m considering skipping Midnight Tides, as it is a prequel of sorts. The events within may be needed backstory for the books that follow, and certainly there are a few familiar characters, some much-needed humor is interjected, and it abounds with social commentary and is described as a fast read. Yet, I can’t bring myself to deviate too far from current events so I will probably jump ahead to The Bonehunters for continuity’s sake.