Deadhouse Gates - Steven Erikson I just finished this book, literally minutes ago. My thoughts on it are still swimming around. Overall, I have to say it was really well-crafted. Parts of it were really tragic, which was the point. Most of the character arcs had endings I really didn't see coming, except for Felisin. I predicted where she was going to wind up in the end. She was incredibly difficult to read, although I can't say she was unrealistic. Her chapters were just so difficult to get through; they were so bleak. But hers, as I said, was the only story I was able to guess at. I found Icarium and Mappo rather poignant. Fiddler grew on me quite a bit. And Kalam surprised me most of all.

There were a lot of things that happened here that seem they'll have ramifications in later books. I look forward to seeing what comes of this.