Night of Knives (The Malazan Empire #1) - Ian C. Esslemont7.64

Introduction by Steven Erikson.

The small island of Malaz and its city gave the great empire its name, but now it is little more than a sleepy, backwater port. This night, however, things are a little different. This night the city is on edge and a hive of activity, its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger's stare. 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...

It was also prophesied that this night would witness the return of Emperor Kellanved, and there are those prepared to do anything to prevent this happening. As factions within the greater Empire draw battle lines over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon draws a far more ancient and potent presence for an all-out assault upon the island. Witnessing these cataclysmic events are Kiska, a young girl who yearns to flee the constraints of the city, and Temper, a grizzled, battle-weary veteran who seeks simply to escape his past. And this night each is to play a part in a conflict that will not only determine the fate of Malaz City, but also of the world beyond...

Drawing on events touched on in the prologue of Steven Erikson’s landmark fantasy Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives is a momentous chapter in the unfolding story of the extraordinarily imagined world of Malaz.

"Telling a story set largely over just one terrifying night, it pulverizes you with an economy that's rare in fantasy... whether it's Erikson or Esslemont at the controls, it's in safe hands." – SFX

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Release date: May 2005
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 7.64/10
Total ratings: 11
Updated: August 21, 2021

The Malazan Empire :: Series

Ian C. Esslemont co-created the world of Malaz with his friend Steven Erikson, and Esslemont’s novels of the Malazan Empire are set in the same world as Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Belongs to the series Malazan World

Night of Knives (The Malazan Empire #1)7.64
Return of the Crimson Guard (The Malazan Empire #2)8.22
Stonewielder (The Malazan Empire #3)8.76
Orb Sceptre Throne (The Malazan Empire #4)8.38
Blood and Bone (The Malazan Empire #5)8.00
Assail (The Malazan Empire #6)8.00


8/10 |
November 25, 2007
Night of Knives is the first book of The Malazan Empire series. I enjoyed reading this book. It was entertaining and well written. This book isn't as good as Steven Erikson's magnificent books, but it's worth reading. If you like Steven Erikson's books, you might want to try this book.