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Noc noży (Novels of the Malazan Empire #1)

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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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Alphus Rockey definitely AFTER....... or in the alternative, only once you get really into the groove of the malazan world and u dont give a shit what u read as…moredefinitely AFTER....... or in the alternative, only once you get really into the groove of the malazan world and u dont give a shit what u read as long as it has elements of the Malazan story Arc in it......... Erickson's style is much better than Esslemont's.... read this only for academic interest... (less)
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James Lafayette  Tivendale
This is a very good book!

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
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, malazan
Well, this seems incredibly underrated...

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
Everything could change in just one night...


“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 k
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this was a worthy addition to the Malazan world. Esselmont's writing style is a bit different to Erikson's but his story did retain the feel of a Malazan book. The plot was suitably entertaining and complex and Esselmont also did a great job with the characters, both the new and familiar ones.

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
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
As a re-read I am changing my original rating for this and giving it an extra star. On my first read of these, I had just finished reading Malazan Book of the Fallen for the first time and was amazed by Eriksons story telling. I constantly compared ICE to SE and whilst it is fair to compare the way they tell the story, you have to allow them to be different in writing style. They are two different blokes after all.
So 2 years after my second read of MbotF I am absolutely loving being back on the
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After my second read, I decided to bump it up a star. It still didn't impress me, but I did like it more this time around. I still think that it reads like a Forgotten Realms book, but a better written one. Not to say that Esslemont's writing was flawless because it wasn't. At times, it was the structure was awkward and just didn't flow right.

There were two main povs: A veteran of the Malazan army named Temper and a wannabe assassin named Kiska. Temper's pov was great. His sections (especially
Scott  Hitchcock
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gd-fantasy, malazan
Going into this book I tried to clear my mind of any expectations. The reason being a lot of the reviews by other Book of the Fallen lovers were so varied.

The prologue was excellent and has that foreboding tone but is not the epic overtone that Erikson has in some of his works. Really Erikson is the king of the prologue in my opinion so NOK being good spoke well for this start.

Moving into the start of the book, and really throughout, I struggled with Esslemont's sentence structure. I'm hardly
Jenna Kathleen
I had no expectations (seems to be a trend for me these days) from this installment of the Malazan series as it was the first ICE book I read and there are mixed reviews among my friends with 3 stars being the most common rating, but I really liked it. No, it's not on the same epic scale as the main series, but it's not supposed to be.

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
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
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
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
I have read this after reading gardens of the moon and being more than half way through deadhouse gates. I loved it. The writing style of ICE is much different and the scope is not so epically huge which translates into a better flow and easier reading. For me that is:) The prologue did a great job of setting a very dark tone for the whole book. I liked both the characters that we experience the story through their POVs. I loved the shadow warren parts so much it was amazing and Edgewalker is a ...more
Maggie K
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading
The Malazan books by Eriksonare a wondrous adventure to me, and so I was excited to read Esselmont's input to the storyline. Although quite a different writer than erikson, with not as tight and mysterious a style, this foray into Malaz Isle was excellent.

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
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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. :)
TS Chan
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malazan
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
It was a while back that I'd read this book but I do remember enjoying it. Not a very florid prose, but a nice fast paced read with an original concept; one fateful night in the Malazan empire. It adds some nice back story to the ever entwining plots of the world of Malazan. Overall a solid first novel from Ian C. Esslemont.

Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have got to go up from 3 stars to 4 stars. This is so much better than I remembered!
In fact, it's going to be 5 stars in about a second...
Oh... there! It happened! 5 Stars.
Temper for the win!
Carl Black
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did try and read this straight after SE's novels a long time ago and couldn't get on with it. ICE isn't as good a writer compared to SE but this is his first novel so you have to give him a break. But coming back in with lower expectations I really enjoyed myself.

I do like the two main POVs in this book and they way they are contrasting characters. Temper the weary veteran who's seen too much and the young naive Kiska who will do anything to get off Malaz and just wants adventure. Temper's fl
M Hamed
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
The malazan world is in my opinion is the best out there
But my problem with the world can be summarized in the
Capital scene in Toll the Hounds
Let me lay it out for you:
On one hand:
here we have one of our best characters fighting it out .not really wanting to.
And mother dark stepping in after hundreds of thousands of years
and a war against chaos is consuming millions of souls
On the other hand.
We have a mule fight between pust and kruppe

I had hope for Ian .i thought he wouldn't do that .........
Jan 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Malazan fans
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
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
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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
Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
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
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, malazan
I read return of crimson guard first and then night of knives, although many have suggested that ROTCG is better book than NOK, but I think NOK is better book than ROTCG my reasons for that are as follows :

1.In ROTCG ICE I think goes to copy SE and gives us the story through many POV's as is SE's style but instead of story going on smoothly it confused me a lot because I had to actually remember all the characters who were speaking and this has never happened with me for SE.In NOK we have only t

Esse livro dividiu muito a minha opinião ao longo da leitura. Houve pontos em que eu estava totalmente imerso no universo e na ambientação (que aliás, ao meu ver é o ponto forte desse livro) e em outros eu estava tão disperso que lia trechos grandes e no fim não me lembrava de nada que tinha acontecido e tinha que ler outra vez. Comigo ao menos o livro não "engrenou" do jeito que eu gostaria. Outra coisa que me incomodou um pouco é que, aparentemente os acontecimentos desse livro tem uma ma
This was my first time reading one of Esslemont's Malazan books. While I enjoyed the story, it lacked the same magic that Erikson's books have - the characters weren't as dynamic and there was none of the humour (which is one of my favourite parts of the series).

However, when I started my reread of The Bonehunters after finishing this book, I realized that there were so many things I'd missed out on the first time I read it, having not read Night of Knives beforehand! So, even though it wasn't
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 earlier.
Gabriel Xavier
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curti bastante este livro, deu para perceber que o universo é bem grande. Nos é apresentado vários personagens interessantes curti bastante o Temper, e por mais que pareça um livro confuso creio que esta é a intenção do autor já que a história nos é apresentadas através de povs de personagens que assim como o leitor são jogados sem aviso prévio a um turbilhão de acontecimentos.
O final teve bastante ação e foi bastante satisfatório e um pouco enigmático, doido para ler outros livros deste univer
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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.

Ian C. Esslemont and Steven Erikson co-created the
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Other Books in the Series

Novels of the Malazan Empire (6 books)
  • Return of the Crimson Guard (Malazan Empire, #2)
  • Stonewielder (Malazan Empire, #3)
  • Orb Sceptre Throne (Malazan Empire #4)
  • Blood and Bone (Malazan Empire #5)
  • Assail (Malazan Empire, #6)

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“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.” 0 likes
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