A Novel of the Malazan Empire

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Night of Knives Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • Night of Knives

    • Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 1
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Companion Kick starter to Malazan saga

    • By Kindle Customer on 08-11-16

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Night of Knives

    • A Novel of the Malazan Empire, Book 1
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy back-water port. However this night things are a little different. This night its residents are bustling about, barring doors and shuttering windows. Because this night a once-in-a-generation Shadow Moon is due and threatens the good citizens of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker, beings.... And it was also prophesied that on this night the Emperor Kellanved, missing for all these years, will return.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 2

    • Return of the Crimson Guard

    • A Novel of the Malazan Empire
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 32 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    The return of the mercenary company the Crimson Guard could not have come at a worse time for the Malazan Empire. Drained by constant warfare, betrayals and rivalries, many see the grip of Empress Laseen weakening. Conquered kingdoms and principalities test their old independence. Into this fermenting civil war on Quon Tali - the empire's homeland - comes the Guard and the ingrained memory of their vow of undying opposition to the existence of the empire.

    Regular price: $23.44

    • Return of the Crimson Guard

    • Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 2
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 32 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283

    The return of the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard, could not have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries. Indeed, there are those who wonder whether the Empress Laseen might not be losing her grip on power as she faces increasing unrest as conquered kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The book is good but there is a technical problem

    • By Kiril on 11-30-16

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 3

    • Stonewielder

    • Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 3
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 26 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220

    Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamored with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I had little faith in ICE

    • By Matthew on 11-19-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Stonewielder

    • Epic Fantasy: Malazan Empire
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 26 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague, Kyle, wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 4

    • Orb Sceptre Throne

    • Malazan Empire, Book 4
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The tumult of great powers colliding has passed, and the city of Darujhistan and its citizens can at last get on with what matters: trading, bickering, politicking and enjoying all the good things in life. However, not all are ready to leave the past behind. A treasure hunter digging amongst the burial grounds that surround the city is about to uncover a hidden crypt.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprised

    • By Matthew on 01-27-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Orb Sceptre Throne

    • Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 4
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • more then worth the time

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 5

    • Blood and Bone

    • Malazan Empire, Book 5
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 26 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In the western sky, the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted another expedition in a bid to tame the neighbouring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.

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    • Blood and Bone

    • Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 5
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 26 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169

    In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The worst in series so far

    • By Anonymous User on 12-17-17

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 6

    • Assail

    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. All these adventures have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait - hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Welcome ending

    • By BJ on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Assail

    • Malazan Empire, Book 6
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now adventurers and fortune seekers have set sail in search of riches. And all they have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait - hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures.

    • Malazan Empire, Book 6
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 02-09-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

    Regular price: $27.71