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.

Author: Miramar Brashicage
Country: Republic of Macedonia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Finance
Published (Last): 8 October 2015
Pages: 106
PDF File Size: 14.27 Mb
ePub File Size: 20.44 Mb
ISBN: 410-3-59062-321-5
Downloads: 7747
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Yozshuzuru

Looking for beautiful books?

They engage in random fights, they have bizarre encounters, they are alternately caught and released by different individuals. He has been saved from the Hound by Shadow cultists. I loved it, down to the last drop of sweat and blood ever wore pointe shoes? The major issue from my pov was that whilst I enjoyed that we’re still in the Malazan world and we are gaining new insight into some of the characters and plot threads already laid out by Erikson, it’s just not up to the quality of Erikson’s first book.

We are sent into the parallel stories of Temper, a veteran of Malazan and part of the famous ‘sword’ of Dassem Ultor and who is now laying low as a member of the Malaz guard, and Kiska, a talented teenager determined to get off Malaz Isle and h The Malazan books by Eriksonare a wondrous adventure to me, and so I was excited to read Esselmont’s input to the storyline. If you plan on taking on this series, I have to say that it would be a loss not to read the books written by ICE.

Book of the Fallen.

Night of Knives by Ian C Esslemont

Stormriders are attacking Toben in his boat out in the Straights but their ice-lances and icebergs melt before reaching him. Esslemont’s writing is more direct, and he seems to play fewer games with the reader than Erikson. The action was mostly fast and furious and I enjoyed it. Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle eeslemont and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice.

Kiska, a young would be spy who is determined to prove she deserves a place in the Imperial Army.

Of course I was aware that there would be differences in style, but the fact that Esslemont explains things was a serious shock to the system. Jan 02, Zayne rated it really liked it. The Mercenary leader Ash is amongst the dead in the room and Kellanved and Dancer are presumed dead, having jumped off the balcony.


Events are a series of one off dots on the plot line and often end unnecessarily, separating characters that just end up where they need to be with the same group of people a page or two later. For example POV issues making it unclear who is speaking because the dialogue will be on the same line, with no break. I thought that the writing would be shoddy and the characterizations poor. Quotes from Night of Knives.

I came into this book with certain expectations. 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. A much different book structure than the Erikson series, but a welcome one.

I liked both Kiska and Temper. The Malazan books by Eriksonare a wondrous adventure to me, and so I was excited to read Esselmont’s input to the storyline.

Night of Knives by Ian C Esslemont book review

In it, he says that this book is not fan fiction. It might not showcase the esslemony acrobatics that Erikson sometimes presents – but does Erikson really know what all those complex synonyms and semantical equivalent words mean anyway?

With an ess,emont and tight little tale that makes for a far more accessible introduction to the Malazan saga than Erikson’s GardensIan Esslemont has proven his old friend’s match in every way, and then some.

Mnives think that the reason why many people hate this book is because they read it without finishing the ten book series by Steven Erikson. Though I suppose the fact that I consider me Erikson to be best there is in fantasy writing means everybody comes worse off in comparison.

It is set in the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallena ten-volume epic fantasy series by Esslemont’s friend and colleague Steven Erikson. This girl is repeatedly caught, beaten, humiliated, kicked around, loses consciousness, recovers, runs in out and about for no other reason than to be a passive observer of unfolding events. Night of Knives is short compared to any of the Malazan books, but the story doesn’t suffer due to it, because this one is not a high epic story, but the story of what happens during a particular night in Malaz City, circling around esslemotn very different characters, Kiska and Temper.


It really did have the feel of Malazan story even if it did lack the witty dialogue that makes kniives Erikson’s books so much niggt. Night of Knives is the first novel of the Novels of the Malazan Empire ezslemont by Canadian author Ian Esslemontset after the prologue, but before the main body of Gardens of the Moonthe first novel in the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

May 12, Sold by: Fans of Steven Erikson.

Night Of Knives : A Novel Of The Malazan Empire

After my second read, I decided to bump it up a star. 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.

We saw the night through people unfamiliar with the events which lead to some interesting mysteries. A Novel of the Malazan Empire”. In spite of all my hard work, the effects were average. They return with their grandfather who asks them to stay back whilst he goes and investigates. Kiska has been healed and finds out that Tayschrenn and Hattar are at the wharf. What I liked a little less: Whenever Return of the Crimson Guard comes up in the series I’ll read it and give the author another shot.

The second is the fact that I was inevitably comparing it to the Malazan Book of the Fallen I just finished this past August. I hope he does because there were some amateur issues in his writing. On the night of the dreaded Shadow Moon, when the hounds of Shadow run loose in the city’s streets and sensible citizens bar their doors, Kellanved’s return to the city is anticipated, and a number of forces are mustering to either stop or aid him.

It gives cool ideas and insight, but it’s a little tedious in places, whilst being intriguing in others. The night of the Shadow Moon. 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.

And if there is a victory in this defeat – I have not seen it.