Malazan Re-read of the Fallen - GOTM Ch. 6 & 7

Amanda and Bill have posted the next installment of their Malazan Re-read, which discusses Chapters 6 and 7 of Gardens of the Moon.
What this chapter does very effectively is present the idea of a power struggle within Darujhistan: with the Council split down the middle as to whether to declare neutrality (I love the fact Orr boasts to Baruk that they are one vote ahead as Rallick kills Lim!), the assassin war starting, and the real power, the Cabal led by Baruk, being courted by Anomander. The levels of political intrigue are dense and intricate right now and only going to become worse, I imagine.
My own re-read continues apace, although slightly ahead of the re-readers (I'm up to chapter 10) and I have to admit, this is a much richer book than I remember.  I'm sure part of it is that I've read all the other 9 books, so have a wide-angle viewpoint, but I'm both surprised and delighted to see how far in advance Erikson plotted.