House of Chains is book four in Steven Erikson’s utterly epic series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen. It's a departure from previous books in a few different respects. First and foremost, House of Chains zooms in to focus tightly on an individual character for the first section, something that Erikson hadn’t done before. But the most important departure is in the resolution. Previous denouement have featured dozens of characters juggled between several plot lines that somehow masterfully coalesce into a satisfying conclusion that ties them all together. House of Chains failed to deliver. Overall, the book was still enjoyable and I will continue with the series, but the conclusion of this novel felt totally random and lacking any emotional weight.
There will be slaughter. Yet another apocalypse on Raraku's restless sands. It is as it should be.