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Noc noży (Malazan Empire #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,926 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Ian Cameron Esslemont jest współtwórcą świata Malazańskiej Księgi Poległych. Bestsellerowej serii fantasy, autorstwa Stevena Eriksona. Akcja Nocy noży rozgrywa się w świecie Malazu i jest debiutem literackim Esslemonta.
Imperium zawdzięcza mu nazwę, ale obecnie miasto Malaz jest jedynie sennym, prowincjonalnym portem. Nadeszła jednak noc, gdy mieszkańcy barykadują drzwi i z
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Published 2007 by MAG (first published 2004)
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May 20, 2011 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Steven Erikson
Shelves: sf-fantasy
As anyone who's looked at my "Read" bookshelf will be aware, I really, really like Steven Erikson's Malazan series. I've had his collaborator's book on my shelf for a long time unread because I was afraid of disappointment.

I'm happy to say that I wasn't.

I wish we had half-stars or more stars to rate these books because this one is really a 3.5, an 8 on a scale of 10.

Esslemont doesn't write with the easy confidence or skill that Erikson exhibits but he does write well; and (unlike Erikson in his
Duffy Pratt
I came into this book with certain expectations. I thought that the writing would be shoddy and the characterizations poor. I thought the book would mostly be fun because it shed new light on things that were left mysterious in the Erikson series. I thought I was finally going to understand what was going on with Kellanved and Dancer on the night when they became Shadowthrone and Cotillion. But this is a Malazan book, and it thus thumbed its nose at all my expectations.

First, I thought the writi
Ugh. This was a tough one to review. I really wavered back and forth between mildly disliking it to mildly liking it but I'm gonna give it the three because I just enjoy nerding out in the Malazan world and Esslemont seemed to strike a vein that resonated with me a few times throughout the book. I also took into consideration the fact that this is his first entry in the series and I was probably gonna feel some kind of unfair bias. Also, I just don't think this kind of scope worked in this parti ...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
Awesome. So much action in one night. I thought Esslemont's first foray into the Malazan universe was a great time. It took me about halfway into the book to get the real Malazan world feel, but it did happen and I was just as confused as I usually am. Not to say that being confusing is the way one feels at home in this world, it's just an added bonus. :)
Esslemont is no Erikson. However, after a rather unsteady and unimpressive start he does succeed in salvaging this book in my opinion. From Temper's dream sequence of the Sword's battle at Y'Ghatan, the book was much stronger.
Esslemont it seems realizes his limitations and thus limited the book in terms of page count and kept the pace steady. Had he slowed in imitation of Erikson's sometimes ponderous manner, this book could have been a total disaster.
The flaws notwithstanding, I'd say this was
Mar 18, 2009 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Malazan fans
Shelves: malazan-books
This is a good book. It isn't a great book. It sorta falls in the middle.

What I liked: the pace of the action. It's pretty steady throughout the book. I also like how the plot is centered around a single night in Malazan history, a very important night indeed. I liked the main characters (Temper and Kiska) and thought they were explored fairly deeply. The ending was satisfactory on the whole, seeming to wrap everything up nicely. I absolutely loved Temper's backstory, and his relationship to the
Christopher H.
This was an awesome little novel, and a very worthy addition to the Malazan series co-created by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont. This is Esslemont's first contribution to the series, and he's done a very respectable and bang-up job with "Night of Knives".

This novel describes the account of one very vicious night of events in Malaz City in the early days of the Malazan Empire. This evening and those events are much alluded to in the first few novels in Erikson's the "Malazan Book of the Fal
May 27, 2009 Stefan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Malazan books by Steven Erikson only
Shelves: fantasy
Two stars on GoodReads are for "it was okay", and that's really appropriate for this novel. There's really nothing wrong with it, but I somehow expected more.
Esslemont designed the Malazan universe with Steven Erikson, whose "Book of the Fallen" series I always admire and usually enjoy. "Night of Knives" is Esslemont's first novel set in the same universe. Aside from some flashbacks, it takes place on one night between the prologue and chapter 1 of Gardens of the Moon, the first Malazan book. P
Given that Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series has just released its 9th doorstop of a tome (well, it's been released in the UK, and all real fans already have a copy, even if we haven't all read it yet), it's hard to not to compare Night of Knives to those works. Erikson and Esselmont created the world and its history and characters over the course of many years starting in the early 80s, originally as a world for their roleplaying campaign. As both were aspiring writers, they pl ...more
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Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Night of Knives is the first book in his Malazan Empire series. If you’re not familiar with the Malazan books, Esslemont is a joint creator of the Malazan world alongside his friend Steven Erikson who wrote the Malazan Books of the Fallen. As Steven Erikson appropriately dedicated the first book in his series to Ian Cameron Esslemont, Esslemont does the same in his first book for Erikson.

The Malazan Books of the Falle
Lori (Hellian)
So much joy to return to the Malazan world! Nothing earth shattering here, and nowhere the level of Erikson, but still well done. I've heard he gets better, very much looking forward for the ride. And wow, so THAT'S who the Riders are, huh. At least on the surface, their existence is left a mystery. I can see why these books are so helpful to read in addendum with the Malazan series.
I can see how Esslemont's books might pale in comparison to Erikson's for some people, but after five latter's books I found him very, very refreshing. His writing style and narrative are simpler, more straightforward (there are no long philosophical debates or inner musings) and the characters are far less conflicted. The pace is quick and the story holds your attention throughout the novel. Not to mention that Esslemont's book is considerably shorter.

The story happens during a single day that
This book is very (for lack of a better term) side-questy. You know how in a videogame there's some optional bit that could be taken or left? Like that--or maybe like the bonus features on a DVD or album. It's decent but not nearly as good as the rest of the Malazan series.
Or perhaps it's more like reading The Chronicles of Narnia right after reading The Fellowship of the Ring. Night of Knives comes off as quite simple--instead of spanning continents, we're on one island town, instead of coveri
Sarah (Tail-Kinker)
I enjoyed this foray back into the world of the Malazan's. I hadn't realized how much I'd missed this world until I started reading.

While Esselemont doesn't write with quite the same strength as his counterpart I still thought it was well done. Temper especially--I seem to have a soft spot now for any grizzled military veteran characters.

My favorite scene? When Kiska sees Temper for the first time. It was almost comical because what she sees is something different than what Temper actually is,
This first encounter with Esslemont’s side of the Malazan world has sure been a bumpy ride. For every Temper there was a Kiska, basically *grins*. I don’t think I need to re-emphasise my dislike of the young naive character. She was an effective tool in Esslemont’s hands to help any info-dumping go smoothly and feel realistic, but, by all the Gods, she got annoying damn quickly.

My over-riding impression of the novel is that is was basically a novella to start with, and got padded out to fit a
OK, so it wasn’t much of a break, I finished this in an afternoon/evening. Also, I’m betting that “Ian C. Esslemont” is not a pen name (Erikson is). That’s just too much name to be made up.

DUNDUNthissstupid. Stop it! Silly.

Right. Where was I? The book.

There’s not much to it.

The back cover copy should have just said “The night of Kellanved & Dancer’s ascension.” Seriously. I mean yeah, they barely get any scene time at all (a handful of lines), but that’s really why we came right? To s
This wasn't good. I realize I need time to adjust to Esslemont's writing Malazan, since I've only ever read Erikson. But Kellanved and Dancer's big night reduced to what it was in the book was a bit much to take.

I don't know a single thing additional to what I already knew from reading Books 1 through 10 of the Malazan main series. Instead of actually writing the point of view of the main players, we have two random people to follow. One of them, Temper, actually serves a purpose, even though i
I enjoyed this book, but I would love to see the notes Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont have on their Malazan world because it still seems like I'm missing something. I was expecting insight on Kellanved, Dancer, and Surly but that's not what this prequel is. I liked the new characters, Temper and Kiska. Edgewalker was cool. The real surprise was how much I liked Artan and Hatter. It was also a much easier read than Erikson's books.

Update 2/5/12
The first time I read this I had only read the
This one surprised me. I very much liked the style of storytelling. The author does not believe in gradually easing the reader into the text. Instead he plunges in and lets events unfold before characters who are outsiders. The reader participates in reconstructing the narrative and ends up slowly piecing together the background and the world. No long info dumps, no boring history lessons. And the pace was exciting. It feels as though it were a movie, rushing headlong into the story and hanging ...more
Really enjoyed this welcome addition to the world Malazan. Not what I initially expected, but thoroughly pleasing as well.
It's a good old fashioned yarn that at first provides filler to the Malazan mythos, but then you realize amid all the familiar places, names and events, these are new characters you come to care for, and the previous players M. Erickson introduced us to are being told from an entirely different perspective.
I happen to like this a bit more than most reviewers, but that's alr
Sommer Nectarhoff


Starting this series was bittersweet for me. I had finished The Malazan Book of the Fallen a few months earlier, and while at the time I was super glad to have finished it (since it took so much time and energy) I later realized how much I’d grown accustomed to the world.

Frankly, I missed Malaz.

The original series left lots of loose ends and there were plenty of things I was still curious about, but I knew that diving further into the universe
Emily (BellaGrace)
Pales in comparison to Erikson. The Malazan World was created by Steve Erikson who writes the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series (the books I've been gushing about for months) and the "Malazan Empire" series written by Ian Esslemont. This book is the first of the Malazan Empire books and covers events before Gardens of the Moon.

I've read online that the best way to read the Malazan Book of the Fallen is to read them in order and skip Esslemont's books. The only reason I read NoKs now is that I
Christina Hambleton
I wanted to review this book primarily because I don't think that prior reviews have done Esslemont any justice. (Indeed, some of them seem determined to resent him for every difference his style evinces from Erikson's when it is precisely these differences that mark his strengths-- which I can say even as an enormous fan of Erikson.)Night of Knives may not feel as groundbreaking as Erikson's work, nor as instructive with regard to the human condition, but Esslemont isn't trying to be Erikson. W ...more
David Poole
This book is a study in the formal techniques of a narrative: largely divided by viewpoints of two characters (a few passages here and there which occur otherwise, in addition to a prologue and epilogue), Malazan veteran Temper and the young Kiska, Esslemont manages to write a rather intriguing and concise entry into the Malazan series. What's more, in typical Malazan fashion (established by Erikson in his first five books), more questions are raised and are answered. I'll actually avoid spoiler ...more
Yong En
If Esslemont was a dead horse, I would flog his carcass hard for this book.

It is a miserable failure far from on par with Erikson's grand scale and poetic writing. Convergence - a trait that makes Malazan books tower above other fantasy epics was crippled like a lame frog in this bad churn where he tries to hard and delivers too little.

When used by Erikson, the word causes shivers as quaint excitement slithers down your neck. In the Malazan world Convergence signifies the clash of an impossibly
Charlotte Bird
This was an enjoyable enough read, but unfortunately no literary masterpiece like the works of Erikson. Whilst presented as a standalone novel set in a co-created world, this felt more like a spin off (dare I and I felt anyone reading Esslemont prior to familiarising themselves with Erikson would be at a disadvantage to understanding and enjoying the Malazan world. Esslemont's characters were much less three-dimensional than Eriksons; I admit to being a bit of a fan girl for Shad ...more
seemed to me like Erikson with little to no philosophy, although that aint no surprise cos of the scope of THIS story... what I will remember about this book though, is that Esslemont impressed me here with his storytelling/narration... good job ice cube lol and looking forward to Soviet... uhm, sorry... Crimson Guard :-D
Xara Niouraki
I would have liked to see some major events through the eyes of Kellanved, Dancer or Surly. As it is, I feel that the events were not properly described and there were times that I was confused as to what happened. I wasn't really interested in Kiska but I loved Temper and the details of his past.
Great novel...I'm excited as hell to get into the Steven Erikson installments of the Malazan Empire series!
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IAN CAMERON ESSLEMONT was born in 1962 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.

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