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Night of Knives Audiobook

Night of Knives: Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 1

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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.

©2005 Ian Cameron Esslemont (P)2005 Random House Audiobooks, all rights reserved. Introduction © 2005 by Steven Erikson.

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    TJ Diamond 08-11-16
    TJ Diamond 08-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Companion Kick starter to Malazan saga"

    Pretty good initial "companion" story to the world of Malazan not yet explored. I like the idea of Esslemont and Erikson going at this endeavor together; truly makes for epic story telling. Esslemont doesn't disappoint as this is fast paced action and intrigue in a very digestible format (I sometime get worn ragged trying to plow through 700+page books). Not here, well done.

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    Aran 06-20-16
    Aran 06-20-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Worth the wait"

    This book was so worth the wait. As an avid listener of all things Malazan, I was thoroughly entranced through the whole story. To hear how seamlessly the story has been woven into the story I am so familiar with was a real treat. Can't wait to listen to book 2(starting in 5 minutes).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    joe 03-08-17
    joe 03-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Malayan fans must read."

    This was a pleasure. The differences between Erikson and Esslemont although subtle are rewarding. This reader didn't even mispronounce any of the names!

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    C.Kuma 12-23-16
    C.Kuma 12-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Actually okay"

    I was afraid of moving to Ian after reading Erickson, but dude is actually a good writer, Banks got all the names right and the move from books of the fallen was not too harsh

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    T 07-31-17
    T 07-31-17
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    "So close to being a good book but sadly hollow"

    Just enough relationship and context to stick together scenes of violence, without the satisfaction of knowing WHY anybody was acting. The writing itself is fairly well executed but this book lacks clarity of motivation, depth, and much in the way of connection, leaving me feeling frustrated.

    The world building would be good with some context. Like his characters, who largely lack empathy, the author has too little for his reader. Action unfolds like a video game without grounding in the things that provide humanity and meaning. People are injured seriously and get up to fight again with little consequence. Without grounding in meaning the magic elements take on a flimsy aspect that detracts as much as it would otherwise contribute. Immature.

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    Greg Costello 06-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Such a treat 4 a Malazan tooth"

    I can't begin to describe just how perfect Erickson's Malazan Book of the Fallen scratched that itch I've been trying to get at for the last year,book after book after trilogy after bleh & finally the jewel MBOF went thru my ears and WOW! All while knowing I have this beautiful series in my library just waiting for me to finish the Crippled God.. Yessss! More Malazan & from another great writer who helped to dream up this amazing world. All I can say is Thank You!

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    Stu Watson 08-26-16
    Stu Watson 08-26-16
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    "Fantastic!"

    Great prelude tale to the Malazan world and epic stories by Steven Erikson and Esslemont.

    John Banks was amazing! A perfect choice for narrator. Very glad to see he's reading all the Esslemont books!

    Now on to the rest of the series.

    Best Regards

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    Ryan Walker Wayland, MI, US 09-01-16
    Ryan Walker Wayland, MI, US 09-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great narration"

    Different story from MBotF yet very familiar. Well worth it. The narration is very well done as many of the fallen books.

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