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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I read many reviews claiming that Esslemont isn’t a good writer and many trashing his series but after finishing this book I can say that these critics are exaggerated, sure his writing esskemont more direct and less elaborate than Erikson’s but this isn’t by all means a bad thing.

The time is the infamous ‘Night of Knives’, when Esslemoont converges with the mortal realm. Side characters are similarly flat and eesslemont dimensional; you won’t find yourself heavily invested in their fates.

Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up essllemont magical talents. I didn’t leave the adventure of Kiska, Temper and the assortment of otherworldly, powerful mages, warriors, and kings or read about the Shadow realm with its Warren inhabitants such as Edgewalker, Storm Riders, et al. I thought to rate it 3 stars, but after thinking about it a few days I’ll up it to 3.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Esslemont and Steven Erikson co-created the Malazan world in as a backdrop for role-playing games. But it’s literally unlike most any fantasy I imagine you’ve read, even Erikson’s, though Esslemont does give Knives a familarity with Erikson’s style that makes it instantly relatable to the established fan base.

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I liked this book. The introductions to Temper and Edgewalker alone make it worth it then you throw in learning about the old empire and a lot more about Daseem and it really complements BotF so well. Middle of the read, dead centre with just an ok-ish rating. Perhaps Ian will do the same. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Night of Knives [Oct 5, ] 73 50 Oct 21, Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Spoilers continuing in this paragraph What’s cooler here is the hint of the depth of Kellanved’s plan. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Again, this is probably due to how short the book is. That being said I thought it was a good book all around. Blood and Bone 6. 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.

As for Kellanved and Dancer, the main events of their ascendancy happen off camera. Night of Knives [Oct 5, ]. Night of Knives was a huge disappointment, I have no idea how this will benefit the main series and I will find out pretty soon.

Published June 4th by Bantam Press first published Once i’d thought it through, i’d return to the book.

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Where SE is edgy and at times heavy on the prose, ICE tends to go about telling a story in a more traditional way, softer around the edges and with more moody and spooky details in the world-building. So if kf have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader’s review. It grew out of a collaboration of many years’ standing with Steven Erikson that continues to be rich and rewarding, creatively and esslemontt friendship.

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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 lot more. I’d claim to be a prolific fantasy book reader Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. I absolutely loved Temper’s backstory, and his relationship to the This is a good book.


All the above negatives still don’t make this a bad book and as a standalone single book it may well have been a good read. Review Text “Visceral power This is a short read, and takes place during just one night hence the title. Having just finished Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series I wasn’t quite ready to depart from the great mythology he and co-creator Esslemont crafted.

Set up a giveaway. Night of Knives [December ] 73 83 Dec 27, As factions within the Empire draw up battle lines, an ancient presence begins its all-out assault upon the island. Hardcoverpages. Many expect the long absent Emperor Kellenved to return for his throne. In it, he says that this book is not fan fiction. Customers who bought this item also bought. It is my opinion that long lasting debate when a person should read this book is finally coming to an end. Night of Knives should work as a great introduction to the main series, while also serving as a continuation of the prequels.

Warrens are otherworldly realms from which magic power originates, and Kellanved, who has been using the Deadhouse in Malaz City to travel from realm to realm, intends to rule over the Shadow Realm.

He simultaneously tries to do good, to stand aloof, and to advance his own interests, while posing something of a check to the Emperor’s power whether Kellanved or Laseen. Not to say that being confusing is the way one feels at home in this world, it’s just an added bonus. Esslemont’s prose is straight-forward njght to Erikson’s more poetic, contemplative style.