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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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View all 10 comments. The only major problem with Night of Knives is its length, combined with its format. Are you telling me what’s going on? Night of Knives [Oct 5, ] 73 50 Oct 21, What connections could be made?

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Despite being warned by Trenech and Faro, Temper enters the grounds of the Deadhouse which starts heaving and emitting steam. Esslemont has recently released Dancer’s Lament which is reveled by all Malazan fans and carries on with the structural devices initiated here. Deadhouse Landing Path to Ascendancy 2 8. The frost that silences. 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 ….

OK, I found this single night novel to be somewhat of a rollercoaster. Moving into the start of the book, and really throughout, I struggled with Esslemont’s sentence structure. These books are independent of Ericksons 10 book sage, however you could be lost if you do not know the back story. Next it’s on to The Bonehunters and more Seven Cities goodness. Quotes from Night of Knives. Kiska was clueless, and so were the readers that followed from her perspective.


It sorta falls in the middle. Very quickly, I understood why. I didn’t read all the books, and I can’t judge to that account but it is the weakest one I’ve read. Not a very florid prose, but a nice fast paced read with an original concept; one fateful night in the Malazan empire.

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Because, who knows, you might run out of Malaz material. Let me know what you thought: Please try again later. For me that is: I like that there are 2 authors working bight, each one writing in his own style, but both of them respecting each other’s work, so the world that was built is respected, but each saga is distinctive in it’s style.

Things like that speak of carelessness and ultimately break immersion. This second time, I still didn’t like her, but I disliked her less.

Preview — Night of Knives by Ian C. I did give Return of the Crimson Guard a go. Kiska travels with Corinn and Lubben via Warren to the Deadhouse.

Esslemont focused so much more on the never-ending barrage of action sequences rather than the crucially needed characterizations. He also seems to have known that Surly would outlaw magery on Malaz Island, this disturbing a delicate balance of power.

He advises her to flee to Obo’s Tower to escape the Hound of Shadow. I am going to give Esslemont the benefit of the doubt and assum that becuase this is his debut book it will take him time to develop. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Other books in the series.

Night of Knives by Ian C Esslemont

Oct 16, Mayim de Vries rated it it was ok. There are only two POV characters to take readers through the events of this crazy night. Temper is not of the locals and Kiska is just looking for adventure, thus they both end up involved in the perilous activities strangling the life out of the Island on that fateful night.


Once it was the heart of the Imperial Malazan Empire but in the present day it is little more than a backwater. Esslemont’s writing is more direct, and he seems to play fewer games with the reader than Erikson. His sections especially After my second read, I decided to bump it up a star. Dancer greets Artan, who turns out to be the High Mage Tayschrennand warns him not to go upstairs until the conflict is ended, then disappears.

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They are two different blokes after all. Don’t do it this way though, or you’ll go mad. Now, I realise it is a bizarre knivees when a reader is complaining about their questions being answered.

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Works by Steven Erikson. But he’s seen his share of bloody betrayal and is content, largely, that the hard-fighting days of his youth are behind him. Looking forward to getting my hands on the next one!