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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I was able to catch more thanks eswlemont the Malazan Fallen Group read Esslemon I didn’t keep esslrmont with the group read guys. I’d love to hear if you’ve read the two series and if so how you’d compare Erikson to Esslemont. I would also like to thank Simon Taylor for his generosity of spirit, William Thompson for his encouragement and editing skills, my agent, John Jarrold, and Gerri Brightwell for her long-standing support and insightful comments.

It was a while back that I’d read this book but I do remember enjoying it. I already understood quite a bit of how things work in this world, and it’s tough for nigght to judge how lost a newbie would be if they started on this book.

Because, who k Everything could change in just one night I loved learning more about characters who aren’t the main focus of the main series but are still important.

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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ICE does have a weird way of wording things but having read all 8 books published to this point I’m used to it and was able to enjoy the story a lot more.


Kiska is a young kbives enterprising girl who knows the Malaz City inside out and yearns to escape the dreary island and into the Malazan military.

SE overwhelms with his innate power of emotion he can bring out of the debts of your soul, while ICE sneaks up on you insidiously, but still potently.

Two friends — Erikson and his best friend Ian C.

Whenever Return of the Crimson Guard comes up in the series I’ll read it and give the author another shot. Languages Polski Edit links. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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 ….

If you love the main series you need to read this but don’t think of it as the main series. Feb 25, Gavin rated it really liked it Shelves: OK, I found this single night novel to be somewhat of a rollercoaster.

He is not Erikson, and does not write in Erikson’s style. Now working as a guard at the hold adjoining Malaz City, Temper isn’t your usual embittered vet. Esslemont’s writing is more direct, and he seems to play fewer games with the reader than Erikson. It was also prophesied that this night would witness the return of Emperor Kellanvedand there are those prepared to do anything to prevent this happening.

Finally, I would like to comment a little on the Erikson introduction to the book. May 12, Sold by: No trivia or quizzes yet. Also very nice to see some Dancer and Kellavend. As for Kiska, the annoying cocky young woman who is determined to prove herself, who then landed herself into trouble time and time again for not listening, I was not impressed.

Right from the beginning, meddling in the Warren of Shadow, I knew she would just be sticking her nose everywhere she shouldn’t. While still not SE’s level or prose and layers I still think it’s well worth reading.


Then she heard it. Kiska is a young girl, early teens, who is a spy in miniature for Malaz City. Very quickly, I understood why. Esslemont and Steven Erikson co-created the Malazan world in as a backdrop for role-playing games. 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.

Night of Knives

Although the events of Night of the Knives take place years before Gardens of the Moon first book by Erikson I strongly recommend reading nght one after finishing the Malaz Book of the Fallen saga since many events that are told in Night of the Knives answer some mysteries mentioned briefly on Erikson books the death of Dassem Ultor, the identity of Edgewalker and how Ammanas reclaimed the throne of shadow were some of the most notorious revelations.

Kiska travels with Corinn and Esslemot via Warren to the Deadhouse.

It goes a long way further to convincing me that whatever end befell Surly, it probably could not have been bad enough for my taste. Night of the Knives is the first book written by Esslemont and the first instalment in the Malaz Empire story arc. I was honestly shocked by how bad the experience of reading this book was. It also did not help that one of the two POVs in this book annoyed me.

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

The writing style of ICE is much different and the scope is not so epically huge which translates into a better flow and easier reading.

While Esslemont writing isn’t as superb as Erikson’s, he did a good job and it was nice to revisit this wonderful universe, can’t wait to nighht this wonderful saga.