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Night of Knives Night of Knives A Novel of the Malazan Empire


About the Author: Ian C. Esslemont

IAN CAMERON ESSLEMONT was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Canada He has a degree in Creative Writing, studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years He now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his wife and children and is currently working on his PhD in English Literature.Ian C Esslemont and Steven Erikson co created the Malazan world in 1982 as a backdrop for role playing games In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon When the script did not sell, Erikson greatly expanded the story and turned it into a novel.



10 thoughts on “Night of Knives

  1. says:

    Just like the main series, I was determined to finish the Malazan Empire this year but I may have to rethink that decision after my experience of reading this book.Night of Knives is the first book in the Malazan Empire series, a spin off to the main series that s written by the other creator of the Malazan universe, Ian Esslemont A lot of people mentioned that Esslemont is not Erikson these four words must ve haunted Esslemont for


  2. says:

    This is a very good book Following two main character point of views One being Temper an old school elite yet uncredited serviceman for the Malazan empire and Kiska a youth urchin spy with the talent of magic somewhere within her Kiska was very mysterious a bit whiny and kept getting caught by people throughout her sneaking antics but I think she was an omnipotent device to show the unfolding events Temper was just a no fu ks given veteran


  3. says:

    This review is dedicated to Ianwho stabbed the world in the backHis victory will be sealed by his defeat When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina and so I convinced my parents to send me to a professional ballet school I loved it, down to the last drop of sweat and blood ever wore pointe shoes , and the last tear it cost me But after a couple of years, as I started to change from the girl into an adolescent, it became apparent that the


  4. says:

    4The Malazan way, he breathed The murderer s touch A brush of cloth A sip of wine The gleam of a blade as fine as a snake s tooth Your name whispered just as you fall into sleepThis is the world of Malazan, just as dark and bloody as ever, only told by a different bard He is not either better or worse than the bard who tells us the story of the Malazan, Book of the Fallen, he just has his own voice and his own way of telling us a story, and I truly appreci


  5. says:

    Well, this seems incredibly underrated Night of Knives, first volume in the Novels of the Malazan Empire by Ian C Esslemont, is not a huge brick of equal parts amazement and confusion like the doorstoppers of his friend Steven Erikson It s a decidedlystandard fantasy novel, and it doesn t distinguish itself in the way of the Malazan Book of the Fallen That does not mean, however, that it is any less impressive.Esslemont s style issimple, both in language and in pl


  6. says:

    Reread ReadFirst read 3 Second read 4 I enjoyed this so muchthe second time around ICE does have a weird way of wording things but having read all 8 books published to this point I m used to it and was able to enjoy the story a lotThis book still unlike any of the others islike a fantasy mystery blend with a good dose of horror to give it a truly eerie feeling While still not SE s level or prose and layers I still think it s well worth reading The introductions to Temper


  7. says:

    Listened to this on Audible.Great to delve back into the Malazan world Massive fan of the original series This certainly felt the part and the narration was excellent Action, fairly fast paced, cinematic, brutal and humorous where you would expect for the setting I d give it a 5 , but I felt myself drifting off here and there Now, that could be me busy and tired of late and I still recommend this There s no need to know the Malazan world before reading this, although it was nice


  8. says:

    I thought this was a worthy addition to the Malazan world Esselmont s writing style is a bit different to Erikson s but his story did retain the feel of a Malazan book The plot was suitably entertaining and complex and Esselmont also did a great job with the characters, both the new and familiar ones The whole story took place in one city over the course of a single night The city was Malaz City Once it was the heart of the Imperial Malazan Empire but in the present day it is littleth I


  9. says:

    3.5 stars This book turned out way better than I expected That was because my expectations were low I totally understand why some people didn t like this, the plot and world building was okay but the writing was just not it The author picked two new characters that we know almost nothing about to narrate this great event in the Malazan world If any of these characters would have narrated this book it would have been way better Dancer Kallenved Surly Tayschrenn But no he had to pick Kiska 3.5 sta


  10. says:

    Everything could change in just one nightHe stared out into the lazy wisps of mist and the strangely dull stars, and he remembered that other night The night close to a year ago when he and Dassem diedYou know you are deep into the Malazan Book of the Fallen, when you buy all the books before reaching the series half point, add Forge of Darkness because the new trilogy is sort of a prequel, duh , and then for good measure you make sure you have Esslemont s books too Because, who Everything could change


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