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Night of Knives
Night of Knives
Publication information
Publisher Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition
Released 30 March 2010
Pages 336 pp
ISBN 978-0765363497
Followed by Return of the Crimson Guard

Night of Knives is the first novel by Canadian author Ian Cameron Esslemont. It is set in the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, a ten-volume epic fantasy series by Esslemont's friend and colleague Steven Erikson. Esslemont and Erikson co-created the Malazan world in the 1980s.

Night of Knives was first published in the United Kingdom by PS Publishing in September 2004 as a limited hardcover. A paperback edition followed in May 2006. Bantam, who publish Steven Erikson's Malazan novels, published Night of Knives in hardcover on 7 May 2007 and in mass-market paperback on 5 May 2008. Its first U.S. publication was published by Tor Books in May 2009.

Night of Knives is the first of five planned novels by Esslemont to take place in the Malazan world. It is followed by Return of the Crimson Guard and Stonewielder.

The novel is set in the 24 hours when the Emperor of the Malazan Empire is murdered. Chronologically, it takes place after the prologue to Erikson's Gardens of the Moon but before the main body of the novel. Several characters and locations which appear in Night of Knives also appear in Erikson's The Bonehunters.

Plot Summary Edit

Night of Knives
Dramatis Personae Prologue
Portents and Arrivals
Assignations
Hounds of Shadow
Old Enemies, Old Friends
Feints and Fates
Resolutions
Epilogue

Dramatis Personae Edit

The Malazans Edit

  • Emperor Kellanved, absent ruler of the Malazan Empire
  • Dancer, Master-Assassin and bodyguard to Kellanved
  • Surly, Mistress of the Imperial assassin corps, the Claw
  • Tayschrenn, Imperial High Mage
  • Temper, a Malazan soldier
  • Corinn, a mage, member of the Bridgeburner Brigade
  • Ash, an ex-officer of the Bridgeburner Brigade
  • Seal, a one-time Malazan army healer
  • Dassem Ultor, Champion and 'First Sword' of the Empire
  • Chase, an officer of the garrison at Mock's Hold
  • Hattar, bodyguard to Tayschrenn
  • Ferrule, member of Dassem's bodyguard, the Sword
  • Possum, an Imperial assassin, Claw

Inhabitants of Malaz Isle Edit

  • Coop, proprietor of the Hanged Man Inn
  • Anji, servitor at the Hanged Man Inn
  • Kiska, a youth hoping to enter Imperial service
  • Lubben, gatekeeper at Mock's Hold
  • Fisherman, a mage of Malaz Isle
  • Agayla, spice dealer and mage of Malaz Isle
  • Trenech, regular at the Hanged Man Inn
  • Faro Balkat, regular at the Hanged Man Inn
  • Obo, a mage of Malaz Isle

Others Edit

  • Edgewalker, elder inhabitant of the Shadow Realm
  • Jhedel, a prisoner in the Shadow Realm
  • Oleg Vikat, a scholar of the Warrens
  • Surgen Ress, last Holy City Champion
  • Pralt, a leader of the shadow cult
  • Jhenna, Jaghut guardian of the Dead House

Cover galleryEdit

Books
Malazan Book of the Fallen Gardens of the MoonDeadhouse GatesMemories of IceHouse of ChainsMidnight TidesThe BonehuntersReaper's GaleToll the HoundsDust of DreamsThe Crippled God
Novels of the Malazan Empire Night of KnivesReturn of the Crimson GuardStonewielderOrb Sceptre ThroneBlood and BoneAssail
Kharkanas Trilogy Forge of DarknessFall of LightWalk in Shadow
Bauchelain & Korbal Broach Blood FollowsThe Healthy DeadThe Lees of Laughter's EndThe Wurms of BlearmouthCrack'd Pot Trail

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