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Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire by Ian C. Esslemont
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765323699
Date: 12 May 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

On the small island of Malaz, a special night is coming that happens only once in several decades. It is the convergence which results during the Shadow Moon; a time where people in the real world end up in shadows of other realities and these other realities come to Malaz. It is said that on this particular night the Malazan Emperor Kellanved and his master assassin Dancer will appear on the isle; neither has been seen in ages.

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Product Description: The small island of Malaz and its city gave the great empire its name, but now it is little more than a sleepy, backwater port. Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger's stare. Because tonight 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 …

It was also prophesied that this night would witness the return of Emperor Kellanved, and there are those prepared to do anything to prevent this happening. As factions within the greater Empire draw up battle lines over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon summons a far more ancient and potent presence for an all-out assault upon the island. Witnessing these cataclysmic events are Kiska, a young girl who yearns to flee the constraints of the city, and Temper, a grizzled, battle-weary veteran who seeks simply to escape his past. Each is to play a part in a conflict that will not only determine the fate of Malaz City, but also of the world beyond …

Drawing on events touched on in the prologue of Steven Erikson's landmark fantasy Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives is a momentous chapter in the unfolding story of the extraordinarily imagined world of Malaz.

(Source: Tor Books)

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