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Ian C. Esslemont
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Esslemont Ä 0 CharactersSs 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 คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ lacking in a few of the ualities which have made the series so outstandingOverall though Esslemontured me fully into the Malazan universe once again and I m very excited about continuing this epic Listened to this on AudibleGreat 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 ate and I still recommend this There s no need to know the Malazan world before reading this although it was nice to hear familiar characters The characters I didn t know were cool as were the beasts and setting The book is short and set in a single night and that worked for me The ending was satisfying Again I m only a whisker off a 5 and Malazan fan or not you should check this out Everything could change in just one night He stared out into the azy 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 died You 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 preuel 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 of Gardens Don t do it this way though or you Mary After All ll go mad It s impossible to read ateast 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 Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, love it that waySo 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 It has it s great moments a fair number On the other hand had I not read a few of Erikson s books first getting into the world history and characters of Malazan this book wouldn t be as half as good for meI know Erikson is Erikson and Esslemont is Esslemont and I went into it with that in mind but it was a bumpy ride all the same What Iiked Kiska nodded glanced to the ceiling It s uiet Tayschrenn s shoulders tightened at that The 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 sleep He shook his head as if sad or regretful There was back story of past events and we met some characters we already know Parts featuring Dassem Ultor the return of Kellanved and Dancer No one could match Dancer The man was an artist at murder In fact so subtle was he that many had forgotten that Kellanved had a partner The worst kind of killer the kind no one notices And the slippery bastard was supposed to be dead too Surly and her Claws and Tayschrenn were a treat Who would know Tayschrenn could be an interesting character with a different side to himThe descriptions of Malaz City before during and after the haunting night of the once in a generation event known as shadow Moon Esslemont should try and write horrorI would read it I could almost feel that mist and fog and hear the howling of the houndsGreat descriptions of the ice and stormy seas and the dusty desolate Shadow RealmLoved some of the new characters I ve read just five Erikson s books they are new for me Halt v nebezpečí (Hraničářův učeň, like Edgewalker Agayla Obo and Temper Iiked The Fisherman s scenes and his wifeLiked the final part of the epilogue with the StormriderLoved that the the book begins with Mock s Vane as in Gardens of the Moon On it s pike at Temper s side Mock s Vane the winged demon shaped weathervane shook and hummed as if caught in a steady gale Temper frowned at the old relic the winds were calm this evening and ends with it and I hear it closes the Malazan Empire of the Fallen series too I Miss Emily ll confirm it for myself just five 900 pages books easy peasy He rubbed his shoulder and flexed hiseg all the time grimacing At Phoenix (Black City, least he was in no danger of falling asleep what with half his body yammering its pain at him Down the wall Mock s Vane stood silent on its pike Temper eyed it the damn thing appeared frozen athwart the wind He turned away from the day s glare to ease into what always got him through the day watching the sea Down below the bay glimmered calmly The Strait seemed to be holding its breath It could have ended then and there Great well I admit the epilogue was pretty good especially the closing partFavorite part probably the fateful encounter in Mock s Holdoved it Heard guessed but not witnessed All there and still a mystery Tayschrenn raised a finger to his What The Queen Wills (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales lips Listen Kiska strained to penetrate the uiet The subtle throb of the surf shuddered through the rock Dust falling and the stonesosing heat to the night brought ticks and trickled motes from the walls Then she heard it A distinct tap and faint shush tap shush tap shush crossing the ceiling side to side Kellanved The BabyCakes Covers the Classics limestone blocks of the ceiling jerked thenike child s toys and dust showered down The soundless impact drove Kiska down into her chair and popped her eardrums The candles snuffed out Metal rang from the stones above Weapons Kiska imagined A thumping and clatter as of bodies falling A shout a wordless roar of rage that faded into silence In the charged calm that followed she barely breathed Perfect What I Saul Bellow liked aittle The Ground Beneath Her Feet less Il admit I Oh My Gods! love Erikson s convoluted way of storytelling He makes you work for it and Iove a challenge and the Frogs French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan, layers Esslemont basically doesn t make scratch your head he is straightforward with his writing This is not a bad thing and someone else may prefer this style Iike my Ah a moments when everything falls in place even if it takes three books to do soThe Stormriders didn t convince me much They were described so grandly and then we Artful learn they have wands Wands Am I reading Harry Potter The wands almost ruined them for me Nice save in the epilogue and I hope I hear of no wands in this books any They are so anticlimactic after all those great magic battles described in some of Ericson s books Iove my wands where they belong in the HP books I ike them thereKiska What to say about Kiska I get it she is a teenager and so she acts accordingly In that sense of a no sense teenager she was well written She doesn t really know what she want s besides getting as far away from the forgotten place Malaz Isle has become she is stubborn reckless and doesn t know when and with whom to hold her tongue be it a ghost a great powerful mage or a creature from the Shadow Realm Kiska fairly wailed But what of Kell the throne I am sorry That is a minor concern given everything at stake this Conjunction Minor Kiska believed she could hear the dried flesh at its neck creak as the head turned to her Yes In the arger picture I am sorry Now you must go But wait I have so many uestions I OK she wasn t so bad it s just even if in a way was interesting to see the contrast between young Kiska and the chiseled veteran Temper especially those few alternating POV felt somehow Like I Was Reading Two Books One Epic Fantasy The I was reading two books One epic fantasy the YA fantasy with an annoying bratty heroine Somehow they don t mix in my opinion and that has made it a bumpy rideI thought to rate it 3 stars but after thinking about it a few days I l up it to 35 and round it on 4 I m a Malazan fan after allI l be reading the Return of the Crimson Guard after The Bonehunters Ware the cold human Ware the ice that grips The frost that silences. Long missing Emperor Kellanved to the contended imperial throne This night will determine the fate of the worl. Although she is not working for anyone since the ocal Fist which is Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One, like a General in the Empire Military is refusing to give her a chance and higher her She is naive and dreams of a future away from the Island adventures and anything where she could get an adrenaline rush Temper is not of theocals and Kiska is just The Legacy (The Restoration Series, looking for adventure thus they both end up involved in the perilous activities strangling theife out of the Island on that fateful night It so happens that four of the familiar to us characters of the Book of the Fallen have major roles with their political and devious machinations Emperor Kellenved and his partner Dancer have been missing for the past year Perpetual Power (The Tressa Tremaine Series Book 1) leaving Surly to the Imperial Regency Many think that this night will be the one Kellenved returns to reclaim his throne while Surly and her Claws are there to make that impossible We also have the High Mage Tayschrenn and he is much interesting here than in any of the books of the Fallen I have read up to now We also get a good idea who Edgewalker is and Iove how all the peaces are falling into place of the overall picture Kiska fairly wailed But what of Kell the throne I am sorry That is a minor concern given everything at stake this Conjunction Minor Kiska believed she could hear the dried flesh at its neck creak as the head turned to her Yes In the Celine larger picture I am sorry Now you must go But wait I have so many uestions I So if you areike me and just need to know all about the Malazan World or are just Charmed (The Donovan Legacy, looking for a good darker Fantasy this is a very good way to go I know I just can t get enoughNow I wish you all Happy Reading and may you find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book 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 isittle 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 Ballet Shoes 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 depthIiked the story It really did have the feel of Malazan story even if it did Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, lack the witty dialogue that makes reading Erikson s books so much fun Iiked both Kiska and Temper They were complete opposites but both were ikeable and easy to root for It was great to get a glimpse of the moment that Surly became Empress Laseen and to see both Dancer and Kellenved spin their own plots and seize another sort of power We got to meet the usual cool assortment of memorable human and non human characters and I m hoping we meet some again This was a good story that fell only slightly short of being as good as Erikson s own contributions to the Malazan world All in all I was happy and impressed by Esselmont s first book and ook forward to reading of his books with the knowledge that he is a capable contributor to this great seriesRating 4 starsAudio Note This was narrated by Jonathan Banks He had Cheri Red large boots to fill as I think both Page and Lister were excellent in narrating Erikson s Malazan Book of the Fallen but I thought he did a decent job with the audio of this one Justike the main series I was determined to finish the Malazan Empire this year but I may have to rethink that decision after my experience of reading this bookNight of Knives is the first book in the Malazan Empire series a spin off to the main series that s written by the other creator of the Malazan universe Ian Esslemont A Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page lot of people mentioned that Esslemont is not Erikson these four words must ve haunted Esslemont for years by now and usually Il say that it s really not really fair for everyone to endlessly compare these two it s obvious that every author has a different style But in this special situation I must say that the comparison is really well deserved because both of them write canon stories in the same universe which they created togetherI won t Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, lie I didn t enjoy reading this small book iteft a bad taste in my mouth I was honestly shocked by how bad the experience of reading this book was It came down to how Esslemont s prose absolutely didn t work for me No it s not because the prose was simplistic I Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition loved aot of simplistic prose It s just that the prose was incapable of keeping me engaged or invested in the characters Esslemont focused so much on the never ending barrage of action seuences rather than the crucially needed characterizations Unlike the main series we don t have a ot of POV to follow only two Temper and Kiska Erikson is capable of making sure his giant cast of characters to be filled with uniue distinctive voice In my opinion Esslemont can t do that even though there s only two main POV to follow The only parts of the book I enjoyed were the event surrounding Dassem Ultor Dancer Kellanved and Sultry and these were enjoyable to me only because I ve read five books in the main series which overall has talked a bit about them Don t even get me started on kiska s pov it was infuriating as Kiska s POV It was infuriating as to read a POV full of teenage angst in a Malazan universe I want to do something amazing on the most dangerous of nights What have I done I m so dumb I m gonna die Let me do that again what nooo helpppp Oh C mon for fuck sake I understand reading something ike this in YA books but not in MalazanI ve seen a Daddy Must Die lot of people saying somethingike Please push through Esslemont get better
with each installment Let s be honest here we have given up oneach installment Let s be honest here we have given up on just from reading their debut or one of their books and I m pretty sure the majority of the people who told me to persevere has done the same thing Esslemont get a pass only because he s writing in the Malazan world I m not even talking about Erikson s high standard here but on my experience with reading epic fantasy in general and I can say that I ve read The Message Glorious literally hundreds of book better than this The next books in the series aren t small they re significantlyarger and I will give up on the series whenever I want to If Malazan Book of the Fallen absolutely reuires Malazan Empire to be fully enjoyed then might as well put Malazan Empire as part of the main series instead of it being a spin offNight of Knives was a huge disappointment I have no idea how this will benefit the main series and I will find out pretty soon No matter how much I O Cérebro de Broca love the main series I don t have enough patience while I m drowning in a mountain of TBR to give a book I dislike a pass just because it s written in the same world as one of my favorite series I will give the next book in the series a go after I m done with Reaper s Gale before making my final decision on whether to continue or DNF this spin off serieset s just say that right now I m 90% Damia's Children: Rowan 3 (The Tower Hive Sequence) by Anne McCaffrey (1994-02-03) leaning towards dropping it I did give Return of the Crimson Guard a go 25% in and nope I can t do it just awful Il give Path to Ascendancy a go but I m giving up on Malazan Empire here You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions 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 eual parts amazement and confusion Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales 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 anyess impressiveEsslemont s style is simple both in A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, language and in plot and in many ways he appears to bee. Once in a generation Shadow Moon brings demon hounds and darker beings Also a prophecy promises the return of. .
This review is dedicated to Ianwho stabbed the world in the back His victory will be sealed by his defeat When I was a ROMANTIC TAKEOVER little girl I wanted to be a ballerina and so I convinced my parents to send me to a professional ballet school Ioved it down to the ast drop of sweat and blood ever wore pointe shoes and the ast 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 Keeper of the Light laughing behind her back that her perfect pupil would be called Anorexia Sergeyevna Very uickly 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 me Look you will never be a great dancer you will never do solos on the stage in fact you will be veryucky if you find a spot in a dancing company at all We could keep you here for a couple of years but we are Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, letting you go early so you can find your path Needless to say I thought them both heartless monsters and begged them toet me stay swearing all kinds of oaths that I will improve Luckily they didn t isten and today I am not crippled by my childhood dream although I still enjoy dancing The moral of this ong story is that when it comes to arts sometimes it is not that we The Women of Easter lack will or courage or determination sometimes it is that weack something both essential and elusive Why Are You So Scared? like a talent or a predisposition that our own physical constraints doom us to mediocrity and it doesn t matter how much we try we will never be an artist we can only hope to be a craftsman And the Night of Knives my friends is not a piece of art it is a crafted bauble of an average to poor uality Written in a way that makes one s spleen hurt which means that the book is only for the fans of the universe and only those hungry for of the world the rest can safely reread the main series Night of Knives view spoilerrelates eventseading to the ascension of Emperor Kellanved and his companion Dancer that is to say it roughly hide spoiler Reread ReadFirst read 3Second read 4I 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 The Power of One lot This book still unlike any of the others isike a fantasy mystery blend with a good dose of horror to give it a truly eerie feeling While still not SE s The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, level or prose andayers I still think it s well worth reading The introductions to Tempe 35 stars This book turned out way better than I expected That was because my expectations were He Who Dares low I totally understand why some people didn tike 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 The ascension of Cotilion and Shadowthrone wasn t even narrated by them if Surly the betrayal would have narrated it it would have been manageableview spoilerThe fight between the Claws and Dancer wasn t even in the book Kiska one of the narrators arrived when it ended I kid you not hide spoiler This is a very good bookFollowing 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 fuks given veteran The best parts for Temper was his The Thing About December 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 seriesSome 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 crucialayers 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 inear story revolving around one chaotic night The mystiue created by Dancer and Kellevand freuents throughout this novel and
is truly fascinating it is the story abouttruly fascinating It is the story about night where magic worlds accession and races all discombobulate and at the same time collide Hounds warrens zombies storm riders etc This is a fast paced book Well written It might not showcase the inguistic acrobatics that Erikson sometimes presents but does Erikson really know what all those complex synonyms and semantical euivalent words mean anyway I actually think if prior fans hadn t already ascertained the diamond tinted t loving of and egotistical disgust of anything that isn t Erikson Malazan they may enjoy this story as a new comer Esslemont has recently released Dancer s Lament which is reveled by all Malazan fans and carries on with the structural devices initiated here I think this is a great first book from Esslemont and can t wait to read the rest He works the Malazan world well and creates wonderet s hope it continues Peace x wwwyouandibookswordpresscom 4 The 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 sleep This 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 ove 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 uestion 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 stile fits their tastes batter but for me and I hope readers approach this series in the same way the two compliment each other perfectly Where SE is edgy and at times heavy on the prose ICE tends to go about telling a story in a traditional way softer around the edges and with moody and spooky details in the world building SE overwhelms with his innate power of emotion he can bring out of the debts of your soul while ICE sneaks
up on you insidiously but still potently Why are you killing us Ion you insidiously but still potently Why are you killing us I get goose bumps thinking about that sentenceIf you plan on taking on this series I have to say that it would be a oss not to read the books written by ICE Not only do they give a background and feel in gaps of the mythology but they would be just as good if read as The Malazan Empire Series on its own In this first book of the series all the action takes place in the span of one Shadow Moon Night when the Warens something Stand Up and Fight like magical dimensions can coalesce and creepy creatures of different worlds could roam the streets of the magically heavy Isle Theocal residents know not to eave their homes and huddle in fear behind ocked doors only the uninformed or those who Now Is the Hour look for trouble dare step outside This is the night we are introduced to the old grizzled elite soldier Temper who is hiding in plain sight as just a veteran waiting to retire on a bedraggled post on Malaz Island The other protagonist is Kiska a young girl who fancies herself a spy. The empire is named for the tiny island and city of Malaz now a sleepy seedy backwater port Tonight however
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