Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire (Novels of the Malazan Empire)

By Ian C. Esslemont

The small island of Malaz and its urban gave the good empire its identify, yet now it really is little greater than a sleepy, backwater port. this night, besides the fact that, issues are various. this night the town is on aspect, a hive of moved quickly, occasionally violent job; its electorate bustle approximately, barring doorways, shuttering home windows, keeping off any stranger's stare. simply because this night there's to be a convergence, the once-in-a-generation visual appeal of a Shadow Moon – an celebration that threatens the great humans of Malaz with demon hounds and different, darker issues …

It used to be additionally prophesied that tonight could witness the go back of Emperor Kellanved, and there are these ready to do something to avoid this occurring. As factions in the larger Empire draw up conflict traces over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon summons a much more historical and powerful presence for an all-out attack upon the island. Witnessing those cataclysmic occasions are Kiska, a tender woman who yearns to escape the limitations of town, and mood, a grizzled, battle-weary veteran who seeks just to break out his earlier. each one is to play an element in a clash that won't simply make sure the destiny of Malaz urban, but in addition of the realm past …

Drawing on occasions touched on within the prologue of Steven Erikson's landmark fable Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives is a momentous bankruptcy within the unfolding tale of the terribly imagined international of Malaz.

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He paused, flexed for motion: the Claws had disputed this stretch of corridor sooner than so possibly they’d— A thrown weapon hit and deflected from his again. He struck a sideways safeguard place: one sword excessive to front, the opposite low to the rear. what number of the damned murderers might be left? a typical Claw cellphone numbered 5. Leaving . but when that was once a Fist upstairs, or somebody of even greater rank, she wouldn’t have travelled with lower than cells in attendance. A Claw seemed prior to him and he knew instinctively that one other had pop out in the back of. yet he regarded again besides, confirming it, simply because he didn’t wish them to suspect his wisdom in their strategies. front one closed a number of paces, parrying gauches out. there has been whatever eerily general in his stroll and carriage, yet mood neglected that for the instant, pondering via his thoughts. Having handed the aftermath of an old-style drag-out brawl, he felt encouraged. those most likely anticipated a dumb-grunt lunge up the center, so he’d be accommodating. He gave them that, then reversed, charging flat-out. The rear Claw hesitated, thrown for an fast. mood overtook him, head-butted, sliced him around the center and started to show again within the similar movement yet wasn’t relatively speedy sufficient. A thrown dagger slammed low into his facet. The wound staggered him, yet he gave a exhibit of shrugging it off. He needs to be dealing with a Claw commander – damned few humans may well throw a weapon via a thumb’s breadth of bone stripping and boiled leather-based. A commander, and normal! He’d heard that beady-eyed bastard nonetheless lived. mood rolled his shoulders, in part to aim to dislodge the knife, partially to think about his subsequent circulation. He wanted time, so Twin’s good fortune, he may perhaps in addition attempt it. He pointed to the Claw. ‘I’ll have your head this time, Possum. ’ The Claw laughed, acknowledging their mutual reputation. ‘Then come. I’ll watch for you above. ’ good, gods under. He’d guessed correct. Possum took one step to the rear, as though placing his again to a wall, then slipped into the gloom and disappeared. mood held himself completely nonetheless. Had that been a trifling distraction? may he come for him via one other shadow, like that blasted hound? He allow a breath hiss via his the teeth. No feel being concerned. What may come, might come. He limped to a wall to attempt to pry out the damned knife. fortunately, the armour had absorbed so much of its thrust. At a joint of the wall’s stones he felt the hilt capture. He slid sideways and bit again a shout because it pulled unfastened. rattling that damage! He inspiration he heard steps at the stairs and puzzled if that disappearing act were for convey, and simply now did Possum run up the stairs. that might be humorous: Possum scurrying off like a rat. mood chuckled, sucking in air, sweat dripping from the end of his nostril. He clashed his swords jointly to rush the bastard on. collecting his breath he straightened, crossing the corridor and mountaineering the steps, the entire whereas trying out each house prior to him with a blade. He hesitated on the touchdown. to this point he’d was hoping to prevent going all of the method up.

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