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Night Of Knives: A Novel Of The Malazan Empire (Malazan Empire 1) [Mass Market Paperback]

Ian C Esslemont
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Review

"Visceral power... telling a story set largely over just one terrifying night, it pulverises you with an economy that's rare in fantasy" (SFX)

"Fast paced storytelling... an enjoyable balance" (SFFworld)

"Hugely promising... a pleasing, entertaining romp" (DeathRay)

"I had a blast reading Night of Knives... I highly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the Steven Erikson novels" (Fantasyhotlist.com)

"Esslemont handles action and brooding atmosphere equally well" (Starburst)

Book Description

The debut novel from the co-creator of Steven Erikson's brilliantly-imagined world of Malaz.

From the Publisher

The debut fantasy novel from the co-creator of the Steven Erikson's extraordinary Malazan Empire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

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.Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger’s stare. Because tonight 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 up battle lines over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon summons 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. 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

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.

For 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 this night, it is prophesied that the Emperor Kellanved will return, and there are those who would prevent that happening at any cost. As factions within the Empire draw up battle lines, an ancient presence begins its all-out assault upon the island. Witnesses to these cataclysmic events include a thief called Kiska, and Temper, a war-weary veteran. Although they do not know it, they each have a part to play in a confrontation that will determine not only the fate of Malaz City but also of the world beyond...

About the Author

Ian Cameron Esslemont was born 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 and writing a second novel set in the world of the Malaz, a world he co-created with his friend Steven Erikson.
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