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Night of Knives

A Novel of the Malazan Empire

by (author) Ian C. Esslemont

Publisher
Tor/Forge
Initial publish date
May 2009
Category
Epic
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780553818291
    Publish Date
    Jun 2008
    List Price
    $13.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780765323699
    Publish Date
    May 2009
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780765323712
    Publish Date
    May 2009
    List Price
    $29.99
  • CD-Audio

    ISBN
    9781511376976
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $14.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780765363497
    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price
    $9.99

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

About the author

IAN C. ESSLEMONT grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has studied archaeology and creative writing, has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He lives in Alaska with his wife and children and writes novels set in the world of Malaz, a world he co-created with Steven Erikson, including Blood and Bone and Assail.

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Editorial Reviews

“Esslemont nails the feel and flavor of Erickson's books and brings the historical characters to life with a dexterity that will win over even the most skeptical fans.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Enticing introduction to the Malazan series.” —Library Journal
Night of Knives marked the first installment of the shared world we had both envisioned.” —Steven Erikson

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