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Night of Knives, first volume in the Novels of the Malazan Empire by Ian C. Esslemont, is not a huge brick of equal parts amazement and confusion like the doorstoppers of his friend Steven Erikson. It's a decidedly more 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 any less impressive.
Esslemont's style is more simple, both in language and in plot, and in many ways he appears to be less ambitious than his coauthor. But this book gives off the Malazan vibe more 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 more engaging than the main Malazan books, despite lacking in a few of the qualities which have made the series so outstanding.
Overall though, Esslemont lured me fully into the Malazan universe once again, and I'm very excited about continuing this epic. This review is dedicated to
who stabbed the world in the back
“His victory will be sealed by his defeat.”
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina and so I convinced my parents to send me to a professional ballet school. I loved it, down to the last drop of sweat and blood (ever wore pointe shoes?), and the last 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 womanme 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 laughing behind her back that her perfect pupil would be called Anorexia Sergeyevna). Very quickly, 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 very lucky if you find a spot in a dancing company at all. We could keep you here for a couple of more years, but we are letting you go early so you can find your path.” Needless to say, I thought them both heartless monsters and begged them to let me stay swearing all kinds of oaths that I will improve. Luckily, they didn’t listen and today I am not crippled by my childhood dream (although I still enjoy dancing).
The moral of this long story is that when it comes to arts sometimes it is not that we lack will or courage or determination, sometimes it is that we lack something both essential and elusive 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 quality. 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 more of the world, the rest can safely reread the main series).
“Night of Knives” (view spoiler)[relates events leading to the ascension of Emperor Kellanved and his companion Dancer, that is to say, it roughly (hide spoiler)] *** 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 love 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 question 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 most readers approach this series in the same way, the two compliment eachother perfectly. Where SE is edgy and at times heavy on the prose, ICE tends to go about telling a story in a more traditional way, softer around the edges and with more moody and spooky details in the worldbuilding. 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???"..."
I still get goosebumps thinking about that sentence...
If you plan on taking on this series, I have to say that it would be a loss 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 like magical dimensions) can coalesce, and creepy creatures of different worlds could roam the streets of the magically heavy Isle. The local residents know not to leave their homes and huddle in fear behind locked doors, only the uninformed or those who 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, although she is not working for anyone, since the local Fist, which is 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 the locals and Kiska is just looking for adventure, thus they both end up involved in the perilous activities strangling the life 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, 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 more 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 I love 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.’
Kiska believed she could hear the dried flesh at its neck creak as the head turned to her. ‘Yes. In the larger picture. I am sorry. Now, you must go.’
‘But wait! I have so many questions. I—......"..."
So, if you are like me and just need to know all about the Malazan World, or are just looking for a good darker Fantasy, this is a very good way to go! I know I just can't get enough:):):)
Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book!!! Listened to this on Audible.
Great 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 fastpaced, 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 mebusy and tired of lateand 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! Reread Read
First read: 3*
Second read: 4*
I enjoyed this so much more 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 lot more. This book still unlike any of the others is more like a fantasy mystery blend with a good dose of horror to give it a truly eerie feeling. While still not SE's level or prose and layers I still think it's well worth reading. The introductions to Temper and Edgewalker alone make it worth it then you throw in learning about the old empire and a lot more about Daseem and it really complements BotF so well.
Going into this book I tried to clear my mind of any expectations. The reason being a lot of the reviews by other Book of the Fallen lovers were so varied.
The prologue was excellent and has that foreboding tone but is not the epic overtone that Erikson has in some of his works. Really Erikson is the king of the prologue in my opinion so NOK being good spoke well for this start.
Moving into the start of the book, and really throughout, I struggled with Esslemont's sentence structure. I'm hardly an English lit major but generally you pick up an author's cadence and once you have it figured out most stories flow from that point. His continued to be awkward and lacked Erikson's elegance. For better or worse there's no way to avoid the comparisons.
The story itself I really enjoyed. Still if you're looking for this to be Deadhouse Gates or Memories of Ice it isn't. It lacks that epic scale. But it's not meant to be either. Everything takes place in one earth shattering night. I loved guessing at who characters really were. I loved learning more about characters who aren't the main focus of the main series but are still important.
This book read more like an action, horror and war story all at once. The action was mostly fast and furious and I enjoyed it. I do wish there was more direct access to Dancer and Kellanved but the author went for more cloak and dagger action seen through the eyes of two characters on the peripheral edge of events and really it worked so I won't quibble.
If you love the main series you need to read this but don't think of it as the main series. The gaps it fills are invaluable and enjoyable. 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 is little more 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 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 more depth.
I liked the story. It really did have the feel of Malazan story even if it did lack the witty dialogue that makes reading Erikson's books so much fun. I liked both Kiska and Temper. They were complete opposites but both were likeable 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 nonhuman 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 look forward to reading more of his books with the knowledge that he is a capable contributor to this great series.
Rating: 4 stars.
Audio Note: This was narrated by Jonathan Banks. He had 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.
This book turned out way better than I expected. That was because my expectations were low. I totally understand why some people didn't like 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.
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 manageable.(view spoiler)[The 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 book!
Following two main character point of views. One being Temperan old school elite yet uncredited serviceman for the Malazan empire and Kiskaa youth urchin spy with 'the talent' of magic somewhere within her. Kiska was very mysteriousa bit whiny and kept getting caught by people throughout her sneaking anticsbut I think she was an omnipotent device to show the unfolding events. Temper was just a no fu*ks given veteran. The best parts for Temper was his lack of desire for recognition for the extraordinary feats that had been/ are accomplished by himbut also his flashback sections with Dassem Ultor (who people will know from the main series)
Some 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 crucial layers that make the world the best envisaged in fantasy. I understand how it can knock Malazan diehards off balance as they are used to going from 900 page epics following 40 point of views to a more linear story revolving around one chaotic night.
The mystique created by Dancer and Kellevand frequents throughout this novel and is truly fascinating. It is the story about one night, where magic, worlds, accession and races all discombobulate and at the same time collide. Hounds, warrens, zombies, stormriders etc... This is a fast paced book. Well written. It might not showcase the linguistic acrobatics that Erikson sometimes presentsbut does Erikson really know what all those complex synonyms and semantical equivalent words mean anyway?
I actually think if prior fans hadn't already ascertained the diamond tinted loving of, and egotistical disgust of anything that isn't Erikson Malazanthey may enjoy this story more as a newcomer.
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 wonderlet's hope it continues. Peace x www.youandibooks.wordpress.com
Everything could change in just one night...
“He stared out into the lazy 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 prequel, 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'll go mad. It's impossible to read (at least 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 love it that way.
So this is by almost everyone's opinion the weakest book in the combined series (EriksonEsslemont). 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 me.
I 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 I liked:
“Kiska nodded, glanced to the ceiling. ‘It’s quiet.’
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 more 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 him.
*The descriptions of Malaz City before during and after the haunting night of the onceinageneration event, known as shadow Moon. Esslemont should try and write horror...I would read it. I could almost feel that mist and fog, and hear the howling of the hounds.
*Great descriptions of the ice and stormy seas ... and the dusty, desolate Shadow Realm.
*Loved some of the new characters (I've read just five Erikson's books, they are new for me) like Edgewalker, Agayla, Obo and Temper. I liked The Fisherman's scenes (and his wife).
*Liked the final part of the epilogue with the Stormrider.
*Loved 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 demonshaped 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'll confirm it for myself ...just five 900 pages books ...easypeasy)...
“He rubbed his shoulder and flexed his leg, all the time grimacing. At 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 part)
Favorite part.... probably the fateful encounter in Mock's Hold ... loved it. Heard (more guessed) but not witnessed. All there, and still a mystery.
“Tayschrenn raised a finger to his lips. ‘Listen.’
Kiska strained to penetrate the quiet. The subtle throb of the surf shuddered through the rock. Dust falling and the stones losing heat to the night brought ticks and trickled motes from the walls.
Then she heard it. A distinct tap and faint shush – tapshush, tapshush – crossing the ceiling, side to side.
“The limestone blocks of the ceiling jerked then, like 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.”
What I liked a little less:
*I'll admit I love Erikson's convoluted way of storytelling more. He makes you work for it, and I love a challenge and the layers. Esslemont basically doesn't make scratch your head, he is more straightforward with his writing. This is not a bad thing, and someone else may prefer this style. I like my "Aha" moments, when everything falls in place (even if it takes three books to do so)
*The Stormriders didn't convince me much. They were described so grandly ... and then we 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 anymore. They are so anticlimactic after all those great magic battles described in some of Ericson's books. I love my wands where they belong ... in the HP books (I like them there).
*Kiska. What to say about Kiska. I get it she is a teenager, and so she acts accordingly. In that sense (of a nosense 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.’
Kiska believed she could hear the dried flesh at its neck creak as the head turned to her. ‘Yes. In the larger picture. I am sorry. Now, you must go.’
‘But wait! I have so many questions. I—......”
OK, she wasn't so bad... it's just ... even if in a way it was interesting to see the contrast between young Kiska and the chiseled veteran Temper (especially those few alternating POV), it felt somehow like I was reading two books. One epic fantasy ... the other YA fantasy with an annoying bratty heroine. Somehow they don't mix in my opinion, and that has made it a bumpy ride.
I thought to rate it 3 stars, but after thinking about it a few days I'll up it to 3.5 and round it on 4 (I'm a Malazan fan after all)
I'll be reading the Return of the Crimson Guard after The Bonehunters.
“Ware the cold, human. ‘Ware the ice that grips. The frost that silences.”