Night of Knives : Bk 1

Author(s): Ian C. Esslemont

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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...


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The debut novel from the co-creator of Steven Erikson's brilliantly-imagined world of Malaz.

"Visceral power... telling a story set largely over just one terrifying night, it pulverises you with an economy that's rare in fantasy" SFX "Fast paced storytelling... an enjoyable balance" SFFworld "Hugely promising... a pleasing, entertaining romp" DeathRay "I had a blast reading Night of Knives... I highly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the Steven Erikson novels" "Esslemont handles action and brooding atmosphere equally well" Starburst

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780553818291
  • : Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • : Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • : 0.28
  • : May 2008
  • : 176mm X 107mm X 36mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2008
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ian C. Esslemont
  • : Paperback
  • : 813.6
  • : 480
  • : Fantasy
  • : B & W maps