A Reader posted a review at 2010-09-14 11:14:09.
Erikson continues to extend the depth and scope of the world he first creates in Gardens of the Moon. In this novel he describes a desert-world on the brink of a rebellion that threatens the complete collapse of organized society. Erikson successfully creates complex characters that draws the reader, and thrusts them into a truly rich and detailed world.
Describing a world of magic entirely different from Tolkien's really does require 500 or so pages in Deadhouse Gates. In fact, the magic in Deadhouse Gates differs even from the standard warrens of Gardens of the Moon. The use of natural spirits and harnessing the ancient powers fits well in the context of the desert landscape of Raraku.
My only gripe (and hence the 4 out of 5 stars) is that the book tends to slow down in the middle. However, the ending is well worth the wait and is more than enough to convince me to continue the series.