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Noc noży (Malazan Empire #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  4,894 ratings  ·  245 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
368 pages
Published 2007 by MAG (first published 2004)
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The first few times I did a Malazan reread, I stuck with Erikson, thinking that the books by Esslemont were unnecessary. Plus, it felt a bit mean to be picking up a book, that someone has worked hard to produce, and being completely certain that it would be an average read, or worse. Though I suppose the fact that I consider me Erikson to be best there is in fantasy writing means everybody comes worse off in comparison.

It's a relatively short book, and easy to read. It only took me half a day.
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
So this is the first book I've read by Ian Esslemont and it kind of acts as a prequel book for the Malazan book of the Fallen Series by Erikson. There were a few problems I had with the book, but overall I still liked the hints and messages which we were given in terms of adding to the Malazan books and world. This story focuses on two main characters, a young lady called Kiska, and a man called Temper. Both of these characters were just 'okay' characters in my opinion and so even though the boo ...more
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
TS Chan
2.5 stars. As much as Kellanved and Dancer intrigue me, this is a prequel that didn't work for me. I was mildly bored throughout the entire book, which thankfully is quite short. It also did not help that one of the two POVs in this book annoyed me. Temper is definitely the more interesting half of the book, especially with his backstory being connected to Dassem Ultor. As for Kiska, the precocious cocky young woman who is determined to prove herself, who then landed herself into trouble time an ...more
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
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. :)
More than the other Malazan books from Erikson, this one made sense.. No more characters having long inner thaughts, thinking about stock martket or whatever exept what is essential and leaving the outcoming a surprise that makes you feel stupid for not guessing it in advance. No more guessing, here you are guided step by step, all is explained and described, and franckly this is the first time I have a good description of Kellanved. I enjoyed this book, and wish I had read it first before GARDE ...more
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Night of the Knives is the first book written by Esslemont and the first instalment in the Malaz Empire story arc. I read many reviews claiming that Esslemont isn't a good writer and many trashing his series but after finishing this book I can say that these critics are exaggerated, sure his writing is more direct and less elaborate than Erikson's but this isn't by all means a bad thing.

I think that the reason why many people
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
La Noche de los Cuchillos abre la saga del Imperio de Malaz, la cual se enmarca dentro del mundo de Malaz creado por Steven Erikson y Ian Esslemont.
Esta saga la considero una especie de ampliación a la saga principal de Erikson donde se nos cuenta más detalles de mitos, personajes y acontecimientos anteriores a los libros de Erikson.
Es por esto que, a pesar de que La Noche de los Cuchillos sea un buen libro, con acción de principio a fin y personajes atractivos, no llega al tono épico y de prof
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
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
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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
Много се изписа за Стивън Ериксън и „Малазанския епос“, но почти нищо (за първи път преди няколко дни) се спомена името Иън К. Есълмонт. Всъщност Есълмонт и Ериксън заедно създават Малазанския свят, но Ериксън пръв пише книгите. Есълмонт довършва историята с различни събития, действия и герои останали извън обхвата на епоса.
След като се поинтересувах от книгите на Есълмонт и последователността им в Малазанския епос и установих, че според графиката трябва да започна с „Нощ на ножове“, издание на
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.
Night of Knives is the first of Ian C. Esslemont’s six Malazan Empire books, which are designed to be read alongside the ten-book Malazan Book of the Fallen series written by Steven Erikson. Erikson and Esslemont co-created the incredible world of Malaz over thirty years ago, and given that they’re writing about the same world and characters I don’t think it’s at all unfair to directly compare Esslemont with Erikson . . . but, sadly, there is no real comparison here.

The story of Night of Knives
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,
Updated after re-read in 03/2015: Now trying to read the series chronologically. Not much to add to my previous review, except that the way Esslemont sometimes describes the same scene from different perspectives is really clever.

After finishing The Crippled God, I decided to loiter in the world of malazan and started reading this book (Mostly because I fear that if I start reading another series before continuing with Malazan books, I will have forgotten all the characters and will be unable to
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
Elizabeth Baxter
I absolutley loved Steven Erikson's Malazan series and in my opinion spin-off books are usually a let down. Not so with Night of Knives. In fact, it's not really a spin off at all but a book written by the Malazan world's co-creater. I really liked it. The action takes place during one night on Malaz island and follows two characters, Kiska and Temper as they try to deal with the harrowing events that take place as the emporer Kellanved makes a bid to become the lord of the shadow realm. It's bl ...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
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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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  • Blood and Bone (Malazan Empire #5)
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