Night of Knives is the first novel of the Novels of the Malazan Empire series by Canadian author Ian Esslemont, set after the prologue, but before the main body . Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire (Novels of the Malazan Empire) [ Ian C. Esslemont] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Steven Erickson’s Malazan Book Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire by [Esslemont, Ian C. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing Playing Loading Loading.

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The tumult of great powers colliding has passed and the city of Darujhistan and its citizens can at last get on with what matters: In fact, it’s going to be 5 stars in about a second Things like that speak of carelessness and ultimately break immersion. Right from the beginning, meddling in the Warren of Shadow, I knew she would just be sticking her nose everywhere she eesslemont.

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Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the d Looking forward to getting my hands on the next one! Esslemont, is not a huge brick of equal parts amazement and confusion like the doorstoppers of his friend Steven Erikson. It lacks that epic scale.

The city was Malaz City. In other words, it’s just not like someone writing a Star Trek or Dragonlance book. First, I thought the writing was surprisingly tight and well-paced.

I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not, but even if I’m right, I wouldn’t take them too strongly to task for it, especially considering all the enjoyment they kf already given to me.


This story focuses in on a single night of blood, betrayal and chaos which involves ascension, murder, slaughter and warrens of magic. The representations of characters already well known from Erikson were handled well, they were part of the action but still retained mystery. Overall a solid first novel from Ian C. At least he was in no danger of falling asleep, what with half his body yammering its pain at him. A distinct tap and faint shush — tap-shush, tap-shush — crossing the ceiling, side to side.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. This is a lot shorter, it’s a very different vibe, and therefore it really is only worth reading from a ‘fleshing out the story’ point of view.

Also, I just don’t think this kind of scope worked in this parti Ugh. Customers who bought this item also bought. Upon his return he is set upon by a Hound and puts up a heroic fight but eventually loses consciousness due to his many jnives.

Told nearly exclusively from the points of view of series newcomer Kiska, and Temper who will be a familiar character should you read this after having read BotF. I am almost tempted to think that this book would be onives better introduction to the Malazan world than Gardens of the Moon.

While I didn’t love it, it was good enough to make me read the next.

Dust falling and the stones losing heat to the night brought ticks and trickled motes from the walls. Also, I just don’t think this kind of scope worked in this particular book.


This night will determine the fate of the world. I loved learning more about characters who aren’t the main focus of the main series but are still important. It really did have the feel of Malazan story even if it did lack the witty dialogue that makes reading Erikson’s books so much fun.

I have read esspemont after reading gardens of the moon and being more than half way through deadhouse gates. Temper is definitely the more interesting half of the book, especially with his backstory being connected to Dassem Ultor. I understand reading something like this in YA books but not in Malazan! Esspemont is killed by a cultist and Tayschrenn supports Faro against the Jaghut but is wounded.

For example POV issues making it unclear who is speaking because the dialogue will be on the same line, with no break.

Night of Knives

The fisherman Toben sails out into the Strait of Storms and puts himself between the oncoming storm and Malaz Islekeeping its ferocity away from the island with the help of an ancient chant. A veteran of the Malazan army named Temper and a wannabe assassin named Kiska.

It’s not Steven Erickson’s layered prose – and there were, admittedly, some awkwardly constructed sentences here and there – but it was better than I was expecting.

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