I was a little apprehensive when I saw the Dramatis Personae for this book. No way I was going to put myself through that again. But clearly my fears were unfounded. I don't know whether I got used to Erikson's style or this was a lot more accessible than the previous book or maybe little bit of both.
Anyway I found the characters here to be more engaging maybe because we get a more linear story line and we get to know more about them as compared to the characters in MBotF. Chains of Dogs was a superb piece of storytelling - military fiction the likes of which I have never read before. We also come to know why this series is called book of the fallen. Just when you think you have found your favorite character the author kills him - but still there is some hope I guess.