Night of Knives eBook · Night of MOBI :Ê

Night of Knives eBook · Night of  MOBI :Ê Night of Knives A Novel of the Malazan Empire Everything could change in just one nightHe 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 diedYou 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 Everything could change in just one nightHe 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 diedYou 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 ofGardensDon 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 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 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 likedKiska 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 regretfulThere wasback story of past events and we met some characters we already know Parts featuring Dassem Ultor, the return of Kellanved and DancerNo 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, tooSurly 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 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 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 MoonOn 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 eveningand 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 easy peasyHe 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 breathIt 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 Heardguessed but not witnessed All there, and still a mysteryTayschrenn 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 tap shush, tap shush crossing the ceiling, side to side Kellanved 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 breathedPerfect What I liked a little less I ll admit I love Erikson s convoluted way of storytellingHe makes you work for it, and I love a challenge and the layers Esslemont basically doesn t make scratch your head, he isstraightforward with his writing This is not a bad thing, and someone else may prefer this style I like my Ah a 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 any 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 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 RealmKiska 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 larger picture I am sorry Now, you must go But wait I have so many questions IOK, 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 BonehuntersWare the cold, human Ware the ice that grips The frost that silences Just like 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 book.Night 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 lot of people mentioned that Esslemont is not Erikson these four words must ve haunted Esslemont for years by now and usually, I ll say that it s really not reall Just like 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 book.Night 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 lot of people mentioned that Esslemont is not Erikson these four words must ve haunted Esslemont for years by now and usually, I ll 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 together.I won t lie, I didn t enjoy reading this small book it left 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 loved a lot of simplistic prose It s just that the prose was incapable of keeping me engaged or invested in the characters Esslemont focused so muchon the never ending barrage of action sequences rather than the crucially needed characterizations Unlike the main series, we don t have a lot of POV to follow only two, Temper and Kiska Erikson is capable of making sure his giant cast of characters to be filled with unique, 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 hell 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 like this in YA books but not in Malazan I ve seen a lot of people saying something like Please push through, Esslemont get better with each installment Let s be honest here, we have given up on author 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, buton my experience with reading epic fantasy in general and I can say that I ve read literally hundreds of book better than this The next books in the series aren t small, they re significantly larger and I will give up on the series whenever I want to If Malazan Book of the Fallen absolutely requires 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 off.Night 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 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 series, let s just say that right now I m 90% 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 I ll 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 This is a very good book Following 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 fu ks given veteran The best parts for Temper was his lack of This is a very good book Following 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 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 him but 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 die hards off balance as they are used to going from 900 page epics following 40 point of views to alinear 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, storm riders etc This is a fast paced book Well written It might not showcase the linguistic acrobatics that Erikson sometimes presents but 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 Malazan they may enjoy this storyas 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 wonder let s hope it continues Peace x www.youandibooks.wordpress.com This review is dedicated to Ianwho stabbed the world in the backHis 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 woman me is not going to be built o This review is dedicated to Ianwho stabbed the world in the backHis 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 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 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 meLook, 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 ofyears, but we are letting you go early so you can find your pathNeedless 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 forof 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 takes us back in time to the prologue of Gardens of the Moon And even though there are readers who complain that Erikson s opening volume is confusing, I admit to beingconfused when reading Night of Knives, because even though I know the world and the main arcs, the book is badly written in terms of characters, storyline, flow of the story and ordinary writing style Night of Knives features one the most annoying female protagonist ever also, if you believe that YA should be outlawed, don t read the book Kiska s personality, motivations, decisions and overall place in the story is absurd This girl is repeatedly caught, beaten, humiliated, kicked around, loses consciousness, recovers, runs in out and about for no other reason than to be a passive observer of unfolding events I understand that the main idea was to have a leading character who is just a witness to what is happening, but this was badly done Particularly because Kiska s rationale is as coherent and transparent as Lehman Brothers investment policies and its results as disastrous Out of boredom and angst, Kiska insists on participating in events that evidently overwhelm her in almost every respect, yet she pushes herself to be in the eye of the storm with the persistence of a Bambi wanting to impress hungry wolves.The male leading protagonist is slightly better but only because you can hardly go wrong with the seasoned warrior with hidden past trope Unfortunately, Temper is not able to save the story because of the way it is designed I had problems with visualising some of the scenes, others while persuasive seemed rather pointless Half of the novel has both protagonists running in circles through the town without any sense in it whatsoever They engage in random fights, they have bizarre encounters, they are alternately caught and released by different individuals In the second half, things start to come together when necessary, pushed forward by an edge walking plot convenience but the finale lacks both the ambiance and the sparks.Overall, the book is bland and unimpressive The plot is simplistic, new protagonists don t dazzle and even familiar figures somehow feel shallow at one point I was really happy that Whiskeyjack did not make an appearance , the descriptions are stretched and the majority of them is uninteresting In short, a booklet of a fanfic quality useful for learningabout the world but absolutely unnecessary And if there is a victory in this defeat I have not seen it Also in the series still unsure if I ll read on 2 Return of the Crimson Guard 3 Stonewielder 4 Orb Sceptre Throne 5 Blood and Bone 6 Assail

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