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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Oct 16, Mayim de Vries rated it essleomnt was ok. Spoilers continuing in this paragraph What’s cooler here is the hint of the depth of Kellanved’s plan. Night of the Knives is the first book written by Esslemont and the first instalment in the Malaz Empire story arc. Both of these characters were just ‘okay’ characters in my opinion and so even though the book felt faster-paced and more full of action I wasn’t as connected nlght I would have been had it been another Malazan character I already knew.

What to say about Kiska. Two children find a strange corpse on the beach. Theirs is not the only battle that will take esslemot on this night of magic as a Convergence draws in all sorts of powerful creatures to the city. We got a few others POV’s and all served to give the story more depth. Atmospheric and even chilling to a degree that must be read to be believed, Esslemont’s maiden effort not only delivers suspense and action as well, but a command of character and narrative structure superior to what Erikson himself managed in Gardens of the Moon.


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. Book of the Fallen. First, I thought the writing was surprisingly tight and well-paced.

I thought I was finally going to understand what was going on with Kellanved and Dancer on the night when knivse became Shadowthrone and Cotillion. When the script did not sell, Knves greatly expanded the story and turned it into a novel.

SF : Night of Knives / Ian C. Esslemont ★★★½

Because, who knows, you might run out of Malaz material. In the second half, things start to come together when necessary, pushed forward by an edge-walking plot convenience but the finale lacks both the ambiance and the sparks. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: And for telling the story of one, single night – an extremely important one in the mythos of this world – it did its job competently enough.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Key to the success of Night of Knives is that Esslemont seems aware of his knivse as a first-timer and avoids over-extending himself. KiskaTemperTayschrennAgayla. She gives him Agayla’s scroll as well as Oleg’s message essllemont he believes that Kellanved and Dancer will attempt to enter the Deadhouse that night.

Not to say that Esslemont’s writing was flawless because it wasn’t. So yeah, I wasn’t too impressed with this one but overall I’m glad I didn’t skip it. Hopefully, Esslemont will find a compelling character s to anchor future volumes.

Night of Knives

The subtle throb of the surf shuddered through the rock. I can’t for the life of me explain her idiotic choices in this book. I was honestly shocked by how bad the experience of reading this book was. It was rewarding to read scenes that flesh out important moments in Malazan history that had hitherto only been hinted at.


In the city, the mages of Malaz, much reduced since the cull, now face an almost impossible task as an ancient power draws close. Am I reading Harry Potter? A much easier read than Erikson’s tomes.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 28, Choko rated it really liked it Shelves: These books are independent of Ericksons 10 book sage, however you could be lost if you do not know the back story. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t.

It so happens that four of the familiar to us characters of the Book of the Fallen have major roles with their political and devious machinations. They bury their doubts with their dead. Spoilers coming in this paragraph.

We don’t get enough time to even really get to know the characters past just their basic archetype; Kiska the action girl thief with a big heart that yearns to see the world; Temper the war-weary but compassionate and loyal veteran, etc. Old Enemies, Old Friends.

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