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Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont
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Jan 19, 2012

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This is a companion volume to the Malazan Book of the Fallen (Erikson), as written by the co-creator of that particular setting. It's his first book, and it's not too shabby. It's a tight book, with the entire plot (barring a couple of flashbacks) taking place over the course of a single night. Usual Erikson-style high-magic shenanigans (though without immortals running around, which is unusual). In fact it read like it was the novelisation of a roleplaying module (not impossible, given the setting was used by the creators for RPGing). The plot fills in a few holes hinted at in Erikson's works. I'll happily buy further works by Esslemont (which may take a while if the gestation time of this one is a guide). 3.5/5.

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