Night of Knives is the first of Ian C. The plot is slow and clumsy when it should be fast-paced and exciting; the settings are flat and repetitive when they should be evocative; and the characters are distant and passive when they should be sympathetic and engaging. Kiska is a local-born thief, while Temper is a former bodyguard of the great Dassem Ultor another legendary figure name-dropped throughout the main series. Though neither of these characters is dislikeable, still I felt a complete lack of connection with Kiska, and had only marginally more sympathy for Temper due to the few flashbacks granting us a little of his history. I found that I had no idea what either character was going to do next, and even less idea of whether or not I cared.

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Malaz gave a great empire its name, but now this island and its city amount to little more than a sleepy backwater. Until this night. Because this night 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. Also it is prophesied that the Emperor Kellanved will return this night, and there are those who would prevent that happening at any cost.

As factions within the Empire draw up battle lines, an ancient presence begins its all-out assault upon the island.

Witnesses to these cataclysmic events include a thief called Kiska, and Temper, a war-weary veteran. Although they do not know it, they each have a part to play in a confrontation that will determine not only the fate of Malaz City but also of the world beyond…. Ian C Esslemont. He now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his wife and children. His latest novel, Dancer's Lament , begins an exciting new series that is set in the same extraordinarily imagined world.

I highly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the Steven Erikson novels. Our Lists. Buy from…. View all online retailers. The debut novel from the co-creator of Steven Erikson's brilliantly-imagined world of Malaz. Read more. Also by Ian C Esslemont. Related titles. The Colour Of Magic. The Bear and The Nightingale. Good Omens. Neil Gaiman , Terry Pratchett. The Night Circus. Christopher Paolini. Hollow City. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Ready Player One.

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Night Of Knives : A Novel Of The Malazan Empire

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It is set in the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallen , a ten-volume epic fantasy series by Esslemont's friend and colleague Steven Erikson. Esslemont and Erikson co-created the Malazan world in the s. A paperback edition followed in May Bantam, who publish Steven Erikson's Malazan novels, published Night of Knives in hardcover on 7 May and in mass-market paperback on 5 May Its first U.


Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont

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 of Gardens of the Moon , the first novel in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Night of Knives takes place in the 24 hours leading up to the night of the " Shadow Moon", a night on which a prophecy promises the return of the Emperor. Kiska is a young and enterprising girl who knows the Malaz City inside out and yearns to escape the dreary island and into the Malazan military. On the other hand, Temper, former bodyguard to Dassem Ultor, the legendary First Sword of the Empire, wants to stay beyond notice of the powers now converging on the city.


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