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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Fans of the Malazan Book of the Fallen will be pleased with some flashbacks in this one, as well as some easter eggs and events that fill in a few blanks that Erikson left.

This was a tough one to review. Night of Knives should work as a great introduction to the main series, while also serving as a continuation of the prequels. What to say about Kiska. It’s pretty steady throughout the book.

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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. The Legend Druss, Captain of the Axe: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second kmives. Esslemonts series with slightly lesser expectations.


In short, a booklet of a fanfic quality ; useful for learning ssslemont about the world but absolutely unnecessary. After finishing their business elsewhere, the Malazan Empire fi Joshua S Hill, 7.

We get to hear what passes for their assassination by Surly. Works by Ian Cameron Esslemont. Another problem I had with it were the characters.

Night Of Knives : A Novel Of The Malazan Empire

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. Esslemont struggles a bit in keeping all of his distinct factions and their agendas clear to the reader, a problem often shared by Erikson.

I’ll leave Erikson on my shelves. Also very nice to see some Dancer and Kellavend.

Night of Knives by Ian C Esslemont book review

Some of the encounters and Kiska’s travels through the warrens seemed unnecessary to tell her tale. Quotes from Night of Knives. The Ascendants of Estorea James Barclay 9. 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. 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.

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And no, Esslemont isn’t Erikson I’m pretty sure he’s sick of people pointing this out. Night of Knives kbives at a time when I had had to put down Midnight Tides to read other books, but only made me long all the more to continue reading books in the Malazan Universe. Spoilers continuing in this paragraph What’s cooler here is the hint of the depth of Kellanved’s plan.

Other books in this series. Now, having said that this book suffers from two main issues.

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Two children find a strange corpse on the beach. Kellanved and Dancer were there a bit, but more as a side characters. Kiska has entered the hold and comes across bodies of mercenaries and Claw everywhere.

Second read – Can’t say I feel any differently about this book from the first time I read it.