Night of Knives
Malaz gave a great empire its name, but now this island and its city amount to little more than a sleepy backwater. Until this night. Because this night 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.
Also it is prophesied that the Emperor Ke
Night of Knives is the first book in the Malazan Empire series, a spin-off to the main series that’s written by the other creator of the Malazan universe, Ian Esslemont. A lot of people mentioned that Esslemont is not Erikson (these four words must’ve haunted Esslemont for years by now) and usually, I’ll say that it’s really not reall ...more
Following two main character point of views. One being Temper - an old school elite yet uncredited serviceman for the Malazan empire and Kiska - a youth urchin spy with 'the talent' of magic somewhere within her. Kiska was very mysterious - a bit whiny and kept getting caught by people throughout her sneaking antics - but I think she was an omnipotent device to show the unfolding events. Temper was just a no fu*ks given veteran. The best parts for Temper was his lack of ...more
who stabbed the world in the back
“His victory will be sealed by his defeat.”
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina and so I convinced my parents to send me to a professional ballet school. I loved it, down to the last drop of sweat and blood (ever wore pointe shoes?), and the last tear it cost me. But after a couple of years, as I started to change from the girl into an adolescent, it became apparent that the future woman-me is not going to be built o ...more
"...“The Malazan way,’ he breathed. ‘The murderer’s touch. A brush of cloth. A sip of wine. The gleam of a blade as fine as a snake’s tooth. Your name whispered just as you fall into sleep.”..."
This is the world of Malazan, just as dark and bloody as ever, only told by a different bard. He is not either better or worse than the bard who tells us the story of the Malazan, Book of the Fallen, he just has his own voice and his own way of telling us a story, and I truly appreciate that. ...more
Night of Knives, first volume in the Novels of the Malazan Empire by Ian C. Esslemont, is not a huge brick of equal parts amazement and confusion like the doorstoppers of his friend Steven Erikson. It's a decidedly more standard fantasy novel, and it doesn't distinguish itself in the way of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. That does not mean, however, that it is any less impressive.
Esslemont's style is more simple, both in language and in plot, and in many ...more
First read: 3*
Second read: 4*
I enjoyed this so much more the second time around. 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. This book still unlike any of the others is more like a fantasy mystery blend with a good dose of horror to give it a truly eerie feeling. While still not SE's level or prose and layers I still think it's well worth reading. The introductions to Temper ...more
Great to delve back into the Malazan world. Massive fan of the original series. This certainly felt the part and the narration was excellent. Action, fairly fast-paced, cinematic, brutal and humorous where you would expect for the setting. I'd give it a 5*, but I felt myself drifting off here and there. Now, that could be me - busy and tired of late - and I still recommend this. There's no need to know the Malazan world before reading this, although it was nice to hea ...more
The whole story took place in one city over the course of a single night. The city was Malaz City. Once it was the heart of the Imperial Malazan Empire but in the present day it is little more th ...more
This book turned out way better than I expected. That was because my expectations were low. I totally understand why some people didn't like this, the plot and world building was okay but the writing was just not it. The author picked two new characters that we know almost nothing about to narrate this great event in the Malazan world. If any of these characters would have narrated this book it would have been way better.
But no he had to pick Kiska ...more
“He stared out into the lazy wisps of mist and the strangely dull stars, and he remembered that other night. The night close to a year ago when he and Dassem died.”
You know you are deep into the Malazan Book of the Fallen, when you buy all the books before reaching the series half point, add Forge of Darkness (because the new trilogy is sort of a prequel, duh), and then for good measure you make sure you have Esslemont's books too ...(Because, who ...more
As soon as Ian finishes his Path to Ascendancy trilogy, I see no reason why anyone shouldn’t read this book before Gardens of the Moon.
That is, if you have already started Malazan journey with Path to Ascendancy series. Which I highly recommend for people to do.
Now, the main argument why readers are recommending that this book should be read in-between Bonehunters and Tol ...more
It's a relatively short book, and easy to read. It only took me half a day. ...more
There are only two POV characters to take readers through the events of this crazy night. ...more
Temper was a character who took awhile to grow on me, but I enjoyed his story and it was it interesting to see two vastly different POVs as he is an old veteran a ...more
After the critical acclaim and outright genius of the Malazan Book of the Fallen i went into Book 1 of Ian C. Esslemonts series with slightly lesser expectations. Not because I’ve read poor reviews but i just doubted anyone could equal Steven Erikson.
Set before Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives tells the story of Kellenved and Dancers entry into the Shadow Realm to lay claim to the Sh ...more
So 2 years after my second read of MbotF I am absolutely loving being back on the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Mr. Esslemont finished chatting with the fans in front of me, and he had a big smile on his face. I approached, he looked at the book in my hands, and his smile vanished ...more
First, I thought the writi ...more
I also truly enjoyed Kiska - I wish I could be her quite frankly to know the Malazan world and events! - and Temper. I loved the additional insight and the beginning of the unraveling of the Malazan politics story (while Erikson keeps working on the Cripple God).
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 ...more
We are sent into the parallel stories of Temper, a veteran of Malazan and part of the famous 'sword' of Dassem Ultor and who is now laying low as a member of the Malaz guard, and Kiska, a talented teenager determined to get off Malaz Isle and h ...more
An excellent, fast-paced addition to the series. A much different book structure than the Erikson series, but a welcome one. The tone, feel, and characters still feel quite "Malazan" which makes it worth any serious Malazan fan's time.
Second read - Can't say I feel any differently about this book from the first time I read it.
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Ian C. Esslemont and Steven Erikson co-created the ...more