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Night of Knives (Malazan Empire #1)


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Night of Knives (Malazan Empire #1) by Ian Cameron Esslemont
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"It's Malazan... but not as we know it"
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Anyone reading Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen will want to check this one out. Night of Knives details one violent, bloody night of murder and betrayal… One night that shaped the world Erikson writes about.

Emperor Kellanved and Dancer return from their mysterious journey, and Surly's ready to make her move to claim the throne of the Empire. There are other, darker forces at play as well, and just because you know the outcome doesn't mean you have any idea what's going to happen.

In a stark contrast to Erikson's uber epic writing style, Esslemont crashes into the action full force, with an economical style not usually seen in this genre.

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Malaz gave a great empire its name, but now this island and its city amount to little more than a sleepy backwater. Until this night. Because this night 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. Also it is prophesied that the Emperor Kellanved will return this night, and there are those who would prevent that happening at any cost. As factions within the Empire draw up battle lines, an ancient presence begins its all-out assault upon the island. Witnesses to these cataclysmic events include a thief called Kiska, and Temper, a war-weary veteran. Although they do not know it, they each have a part to play in a confrontation that will determine not only the fate of Malaz City but also of the world beyond…

Author Biography

Ian Cameron Esslemont was born in Winnipeg, Canada. He has a degree in Creative Writing, studied and worked as an archaeologist, travelled extensively in South East Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his wife and children and is currently working on his PhD in English Literature and writing a second novel set in the world of the Malaz, a world he co-created with his friend Steven Erikson.
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May 5th, 2008
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United Kingdom
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Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
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