✽ Night of Knives Author Ian C. Esslemont – E-inbusiness.co.uk

Night of Knives 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 desire for recognition for the extraordinary feats that had been are accomplished by him but also his flashback sections with Dassem Ultor who people will know from the main series Some people do not rate this book compared to the Malazan Book of the Fallen I think if you miss this out then you are missing so many crucial layers that make the world the best envisaged in fantasy I understand how it can knock Malazan die hards off balance as they are used to going from 900 page epics following 40 point of views to a linear story revolving around one chaotic night The mystique created by Dancer and Kellevand frequents throughout this novel and is truly fascinating It is the story a Amazing EPub, Night Of Knives By Ian C Esslemont This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Night Of Knives, Essay By Ian C Esslemont Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You This review is dedicated to Ianwho stabbed the world in the backHis victory will be sealed by his defeat When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina and so I convinced my parents to send me to a professional ballet school I loved it, down to the last drop of sweat and blood ever wore pointe shoes , and the last tear it cost me But after a couple of years, as I started to change from the girl into an adolescent, it became apparent that the future woman me is not going to be built of bones, sinews and flat plains, but is going to have breasts and hips and all sorts of curves I was merely surprised at my body s betrayal but my Russian teacher of classical dance positively grieved not without reason we were laughing behind her back that her perfect pupil would be called Anorexia Sergeyevna Very quickly, I understood why In spite of all my hard work, the effects were average At best By the end of the school year, my tutor and my teacher took me aside and very gently they told meLook, you will never be a great dancer, you will never do solos on the stage, in fact, you will be very lucky if you find a spot in a dancing company at a 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 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 simple, both in language and in plot, and in many ways he appears to be less ambitious than his co author But this book gives off the Malazan vibe strongly than anything since Deadhouse Gates, and unlike reading an Erikson book, you don t have to work for it Some people would probably argue that s a bad thing, but I found this book engaging than the main Malazan books, despite lacking in a few of the qualities which have made 4The 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 sleepThis is the world of Malazan, just as dark and bloody as ever, only told by a different bard He is not either better or worse than the bard who tells us the story of the Malazan, Book of the Fallen, he just has his own voice and his own way of telling us a story, and I truly appreciate that Just as I love the Flight of the Bumble Bee played by a heavy metal band, or played by a violinist, I can enjoy either not only for their similarity and basic theme, but because of their differences as well The world would be a very dull and boring place if all artist, writers and musicians expressed themselves exactly the same way Unfortunately, in the case of the Malazan World, I feel the need to start with the previous paragraph, because the works of the two creators of this world, Steven Erikson and Ian C Esslemont, are intricately connected and a comparison between the two is almost inevitable They are different, no question about it, and I guess it is up to the personal preferences of the readers to decide which stile fits their tastes batter, but for me, and I hope most readers approach this series in the same way, the two compliment each other perfectly Where SE is ed Reread ReadFirst read 3 Second read 4 I enjoyed this so much the second time around ICE does have a weird way of wording things but having read all 8 books published to this point I m used to it and was able to enjoy the story a lot This book still unlike any of the others is like a fantasy mystery blend with a good dose of horror to give it a truly eerie feeling While still not SE s level or prose and layers I still think it s well worth reading The introductions to Temper and Edgewalker alone make it worth it then you throw in learning about the old empire and a lot about Daseem and it really complements BotF so well First ReadGoing 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 an English lit major but generally you pick up an author s cadence and once you have it figured out most stories flow from that point His continued to be awkward and lacked Erikson s elegance For better or worse there s no way to avoid the comparisons The story itself I really enjoyed Still if you re looking for thi Listened to this on Audible.Great to delve back into the Malazan world Massive fan of the original series This certainly felt the part and the narration was excellent Action, fairly fast paced, cinematic, brutal and humorous where you would expect for the setting I d give it a 5 , but I felt myself drifting off here and there Now, that could be me busy and tired of late and I still recommend this There s no need to know the Malaz 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 than a backwater Not this night The night of the Shadow Moon A night where worlds and realms converge Also a night that will see the prophesied Return Many expect the long absent Emperor Kellenved to return for his throne Surly, the Imperial Regent, means to see that never occurs Theirs is not the only battle that will take place on this night of magic as a Convergence draws in all sorts of powerful creatures to the city The story was mainly told from the POV of two new characters Kiska, a young would be spy who is determined to prove she deserves a place in the Imperial Army Temper, a world weary war veteran Once Temper served under the First Sword, but now he is keeping his head down and just trying to escape the notice of the Claw We got a few others POV s and all served to give the story depth.I liked the story It really did have the feel of Malazan story even if i 3.5 stars This book turned out way better than I expected That was because my expectations were low I totally understand why some people didn t like this, the plot and world building was okay but the writing was just not it The author picked two new characters that we know almost nothing about to narrate this great event in the Malazan world If any of these characters would have narrated this book it would have been way better Dancer Kallenved Surly Tayschrenn But no he had to pick Kiska and Temper This is the biggest thing that happened to that realm since its shattering Everything could change in just one nightHe 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 diedYou 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 knows, you might run out of Malaz material and of course you have to read them in order So here I am, reading Esslemont s Night of Knives as advised by other readers after Erikson s Midnight Tides Does it belong here Chronologically, no If you want to read it that way you should start with Gardens of the Moon and then after the prologue read this one and than go back and read the rest ofGardensDon t do it this way though, or you ll go mad It s impossible to read at least Erikson s books this way the books overlap chronologically as they often happen on different continents, often with a whole new set of characters and the crazy thing is, I don t mind It s messy, but I love it that way.So this is by almost everyone s opinion the weakest book in the combined series Erikson Esslemont I didn t read all the books, and I can t judge to that account but it is the weakest one I ve read This isn t a bad book I


About the Author: Ian C. Esslemont

Steven Erikson co created the Malazan world in 1982 as a backdrop for role playing games In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon When the script did not sell, Erikson greatly expanded the story and turned it into a novel.


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