Night of Knives (Malazan Empire Series #1)

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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. Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger's stare. Because tonight there is to be a convergence, the once-in-a-generation appearance of a Shadow Moon - an occasion that threatens the good people of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker things." "It was also

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Overview

"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. Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger's stare. Because tonight there is to be a convergence, the once-in-a-generation appearance of a Shadow Moon - an occasion that threatens the good people of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker things." "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. 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. Witnessing these cataclysmic events are Kiska, a young girl who yearns to flee the constraints of the city, and Temper, a grizzled, battle-weary veteran who seeks simply to escape his past. 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." Drawing on events touched on in the prologue of Steven Erikson's landmark fantasy Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives is a momentous chapter in the unfolding story of the extraordinarily imagined world of Malaz.

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Publishers Weekly

Steven Erickson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series only hints at the empire's distant history, which Esslemont, cocreator of the original world, explores in this dark, powerful novel (first published in the U.K. in 2004) and its planned sequels. On a Shadow Moon night on the Isle of Malaz, dead souls rise and demonlike hounds attack any who dare to leave their homes. Knowing that Emperor Kellanved is prophesied to use the Shadow Moon for his own ends, the emperor's enemies gather on the small island for their own nefarious purposes, starting a plot that spirals into bloody violence. Esslemont nails the feel and flavor of Erickson's books and brings the historical characters to life with a dexterity that will win over even the most skeptical fans. (May)

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Library Journal

On the rare night of the Shadow Moon, when the openings between the worlds widen to allow beings from one realm to pass into the other, the island of Malaz becomes a crucible of opposing forces. Countering the triumph of the Shadow realm are a few key individuals, among them a war-weary veteran and a young woman trying to prove herself. Cocreator, with Steven Erikson, of the world of Malazan, Esslemont fills his first novel with bloodthirsty ghosts, unholy hounds, and battles of swords and wits. This stand-alone serves as an adjunct or enticing introduction to the Malazan series. A good selection, particularly for libraries owning other Malazan titles.


—Jackie Cassada
Kirkus Reviews
A debut fantasy set in a universe previously established in Steven Erikson's Malazan Empire books. Esslemont co-created the fantasy setting of Malaz with Erikson more than 25 years ago for use in a role-playing game. Erikson went on to write books set in that world (Gardens of the Moon, 1999, etc.). Here the author introduces his own series of Malaz-set books. This debut takes place during the appearance of the Shadow Moon, when the realm of shadow and the world of mortals converge, and various factions seek to take advantage of the event. The resulting chaos is described by a young girl, Kiska, and a battle-scarred warrior, Temper. Warning to newbies: The book occasionally feels like fan fiction, and those who haven't read Erikson's work will likely have a hard time finding a way into it. A novel that will please fans already familiar with the Malaz mythos.
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"Esslemont nails the feel and flavor of Erickson’s books and brings the historical characters to life with a dexterity that will win over even the most skeptical fans."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Enticing introduction to the Malazan series."—Library Journal

Night of Knives marked the first installment of the shared world we had both envisioned.”—Steven Erikson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765323712
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Malazan Empire Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 458,711
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Cameron Esslemont was born in Winnipeg, Canada. He has a degree in Creative Writing, studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his wife and children and is currently working on his PhD in English Literature and writing another novel set in the world of the Malaz, a world he co-created with his friend Steven Erikson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Very Enjoyable

    It was an easy read and drew me in. I liked his style of writing

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    I Wish I knew

    I came across the Malazan series through Erickson's books and I wish they had emphasized ICE's books too. It answered a lot of questions I had and I've now started all of ICE's books and I think all the begging questions are going to resolved. If not, he's still an excellent writer and the Malazan series just doesn't get boring.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Good read

    well written and a must read for anyone who loves the malazan empire books. This really fills in info on Dancer, Kellanved and how Surly came to power.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Worthy of a Malazan tale

    I'm a big fan of Steven Erikson and found this book very enjoyable. It's a much quicker read however, kind of similar to an R.A Salvatori book (much much better though). It's the type of book you may need to reread just to see if you've missed anything. It also fits in very well with the the Malazan story line. Over all I'm looking forward to more efforts by this author and hopefully the next installment is out soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    background of the Malazan characters

    This book was a much less involved read than any of Erikson's Malazan series, and not nearly as lengthy, but still gives a good read. The characters are developed in a similar way to the Book of the Fallen series, as well as the setting, so that you know you are dealing with the same world. Esslemont's style still conveys the dark humor and cynicism of the empire, but doesn't involve the massive quantity of detail found with the world's co-creator's work.

    Not a bad way to break new readers into both series, and an enjoyable read.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Of the beginning

    This ought to be a quick read for the fans of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Ian Esselmont had the first book in Erikson's series dedicated to him and in this novel he fleshes out elements only touched on in the prologue of Erikson's sprawling saga. He has his own writing style and should not be compared to Erikson as his writing is just as fluid and concise keeping up with the Malazan Empire. An impressive debut to an equally awaited series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Really great read!

    Action packed and very engaging I really enjoyed this book.

    If you have not read Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, read it first. The are both set in the same world and Erikson does a great job of introducing you to that world but i think Esslemont does a better job of telling stories in it.

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