NIGHT OF KNIVES by Ian C. Esslemont


A Novel of the Malazan Empire
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A debut fantasy set in a universe previously established in Steven Erikson’s Malazan Empire books.

Esslemont co-created the fantasy setting of Malaz with Erikson more than 25 years ago for use in a role-playing game. Erikson went on to write books set in that world (Gardens of the Moon, 1999, etc.). Here the author introduces his own series of Malaz-set books. This debut takes place during the appearance of the Shadow Moon, when the realm of shadow and the world of mortals converge, and various factions seek to take advantage of the event. The resulting chaos is described by a young girl, Kiska, and a battle-scarred warrior, Temper. Warning to newbies: The book occasionally feels like fan fiction, and those who haven’t read Erikson’s work will likely have a hard time finding a way into it.

A novel that will please fans already familiar with the Malaz mythos.

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2369-9
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009