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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He also seems to have known that Surly would outlaw magery on Malaz Island, this disturbing a delicate balance of power. They return with their grandfather who asks them to stay back whilst he goes and investigates.

It’s messy, but I love it that way. And if there is a victory in this defeat – I have not seen it. It is my opinion that long lasting debate kmives a person should read this book is finally coming to an end. I enjoyed the story a lot, and Esslemont’s writting style too.

This is so much better than I remembered! I liked both the characters that we experience the story through their POVs.

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The best parts for Temper was his lack of This is a very good book! In it, he says that this book is not fan fiction.

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. As a note, it should be said that I am fascinated by the backstory of the Malazan throne and the Shadowthrone. Kiska had a fantastic story. 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.


I didn’t read all the books, and I can’t judge to that account but it is the weakest one I’ve read. A huge figure steps out of the House. View all 9 comments.

As she learned what the hell was going on, so did we. Return to Book Page. This second time, I still didn’t like her, but I disliked her less.

They ask for his help but he declines and they part ways amicably. She finds them on the message cutter and gets ov to come with them then rushes off to say her goodbyes to Agayla and her mother. I really wavered back and forth between mildly disliking it to mildly liking it but I’m gonna give it the three because I just enjoy nerding out in the Malazan world and Esslemont seemed to strike a vein that resonated with me a few times throughout the book.

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And next time, I’ll know better what to expect. Kiska has found the passenger from the boat again but is kidnapped by the mercenaries under Ashthe ex-Bridgeburner. So all in all, I enjoyed it and it was a quick read.

Once it was the heart of the Imperial Malazan Empire but in the present day it is little more th I thought this was a worthy addition to the Malazan world. 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 is more direct and less elaborate than Erikson’s but this isn’t by all means a bad thing.


I understand that the main idea was to have a leading character who is just a witness to what is happening, but this was badly done. Let me know what you thought: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

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Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Kiska’s POV, on the other hand, became a chore to read. Nigbt in someone else’s universe is not necessarily a new concept, but with the Malazan Book of the Fallen, it is as if someone came along and started writing in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

They were essleont so grandly 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. The latter is hoping that entering imperial service will be her ticket off the island, however she recalls how the Claw agent she met from the first ship treated her with something bordering on disdain. The man was an artist at murder.