For the house in the Deck of Dragons see High House Chains

House of Chains is the fourth book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. It was released in the UK and Canada in January 2002 and in the US August 2006 by Tor.

It is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Coltaine is dead. And now the untried new Adjunct, Tavore, must urgently raise an army able to withstand the forces of the Sha'ik's Whirlwind that are massing in Raraku. The few remaining veterans from Coltaine's march are her only hope.

Publisher's summaryEdit

In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flat lands. 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 an extraordinary destiny.

Some years later, it is the aftermath of the Chain of Dogs. Tavore, the new Adjunct to the Empress, has arrived in the last remaining Malazan stronghold on 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 at the heart of the Holy Desert.

But waiting is never easy. The seer's warlords are locked in 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...

Front matterEdit


For Mark Paxton MacRae, for the KO
punch. This one's all yours, my friend.


The author wishes to thank his cadre of readers, Chris Porozny,
Richard Jones, David Keck and Mark Paxton MacRae. Clare and
Bowen as always. Simon Taylor and the crew at Transworld.
And the terrific (and patient) staff at Tony's Bar Italia: Erica,
Steve, Jesse, Dan, Ron, Orville, Rhimpy, Rhea, Cam, James,
Konrad, Darren, Rusty, Phil, Todd, Marnie, Chris, Leah, Ada,
Kevin, Jake, Jamie, Graeme and the two Doms. Thanks also to
Darren Nash (for the yeast always rises) and Peter Crowther.


Plot Summary Edit

House of Chains
Dramatis Personae Prologue
Faces in the Rock
Chapter 1 Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Cold Iron
Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Chapter 7 Chapter 8
Chapter 9 Chapter 10
Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Something Breathes
Chapter 13 Chapter 14
Chapter 15 Chapter 16
Chapter 17 Chapter 18
House of Chains
Chapter 19 Chapter 20
Chapter 21 Chapter 22
Chapter 23 Chapter 24
Chapter 25 Chapter 26
Epilogue Pagination
Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about House of Chains.

Prologue Edit

Book One: Faces in the Rock Edit

This book introduces the series to Karsa Orlong, a young teblor warrior who has lived his life secluded from the outside world.

Book Two: Cold Iron Edit

Book Three: Something Breathes Edit

Book Four: House of Chains Edit

Epilogue Edit

Significant plot details end here.

Cover galleryEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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