Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont
A Novel of the Malazan Empire

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The small island of Malaz and its city gave the great empire its name, but now it is little more than a sleepy, backwater port. Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger's stare. Because tonight there is to be a convergence, the once-in-a-generation appearance of a Shadow Moon - an occasion that threatens the good people of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker things …



It was also prophesied that this night would witness the return of Emperor Kellanved, and there are those prepared to do anything to prevent this happening. As factions within the greater Empire draw up battle lines over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon summons a far more ancient and potent presence for an all-out assault upon the island. Witnessing these cataclysmic events are Kiska, a young girl who yearns to flee the constraints of the city, and Temper, a grizzled, battle-weary veteran who seeks simply to escape his past. Each is to play a part in a conflict that will not only determine the fate of Malaz City, but also of the world beyond …



Drawing on events touched on in the prologue of Steven Erikson's landmark fantasy Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives is a momentous chapter in the unfolding story of the extraordinarily imagined world of Malaz.



 

About Ian C. Esslemont

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IAN C. ESSLEMONT grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has studied archaeology and creative writing, has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He now lives in Alaska with his wife and children and is currently working on another novel set in the world of Malaz, a world he co-created with Steven Erikson.
 
Published May 12, 2009 by Tor Books. 308 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Steven Erickson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series only hints at the empire’s distant history, which Esslemont, cocreator of the original world, explores in this dark, powerful novel (first published in the U.K.

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So it was decided that Steven Erikson would publish the initial books set in the world of the Malazan Empire, while Ian C.

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The Bookbag

Readers don't need to be condescended to, but a little explanation woven into the story would not go amiss, as I spent all too much of the first hundred pages thinking 'why?' and 'what's going on now?' Perhaps this is because I haven't read another book, by another author, set in the same world (...

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Veteran readers will know this to be the culminating moment of the Seven Cities campaign and the battle in which Dassem Ultor was allegedly killed and is an important event in the ultra-compelling history of the Malazan Empire.

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Fantasy Literature

the Night of Shadows when Kellanved (Ammanas Shadowthrone) and Dancer (Cotillion, the Rope) ascend to High House Shadow, Surly (Laseen) becomes the Empress of Malaz, and other pivotal events transpire — I think anybody can enjoy Night of Knives, veterans and newcomers alike, as both a complementa...

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Book Geeks

Effectively a prequel to Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives takes place largely across one night, the night of the Shadow Moon, on Malaz Island, which is where the Empire began and from where it takes its name, but is now an irrelevant backwater.

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Boomtron

A novel of the Malazan empire by Steven Erikson’s partner in crime Ian C.

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Boomtron

The review will probably make little sense to those who aren’t familiar with the series, and while attempting to encapsulate the series would be a book in itself (one I wouldn’t mind researching/writing, at that!), to those who haven’t read it (and for some reason haven’t stopped reading this blo...

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