A Novel of the Malazan Empire

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 191 ratings

Night of Knives Summary

It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy back-water port. However this night things are a little different. This night its residents are bustling about, barring doors and shuttering windows. Because this night a once-in-a-generation Shadow Moon is due and threatens the good citizens of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker, beings....

And it was also prophesied that on this night the Emperor Kellanved, missing for all these years, will return. As factions within the greater Empire battle over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon summons a far more alien and ancient presence for an all-out assault upon the island. Indeed the cataclysmic events that happen this night will determine the fate of the Malaz and of the entire world beyond.

©2016 Ian C Esslemont (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
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  • Book 1

    • Night of Knives

    • A Novel of the Malazan Empire, Book 1
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy back-water port. However this night things are a little different. This night its residents are bustling about, barring doors and shuttering windows. Because this night a once-in-a-generation Shadow Moon is due and threatens the good citizens of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker, beings.... And it was also prophesied that on this night the Emperor Kellanved, missing for all these years, will return.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I enjoyed this book.

    • By Wyvern on 05-05-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • Return of the Crimson Guard

    • A Novel of the Malazan Empire
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 32 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The return of the mercenary company the Crimson Guard could not have come at a worse time for the Malazan Empire. Drained by constant warfare, betrayals and rivalries, many see the grip of Empress Laseen weakening. Conquered kingdoms and principalities test their old independence. Into this fermenting civil war on Quon Tali - the empire's homeland - comes the Guard and the ingrained memory of their vow of undying opposition to the existence of the empire.

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 3

    • Stonewielder

    • Epic Fantasy: Malazan Empire
    • By: Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 26 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague, Kyle, wasn't as enamoured with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cracking book

    • By Euan on 17-09-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 4

    • Orb Sceptre Throne

    • Malazan Empire, Book 4
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    The tumult of great powers colliding has passed, and the city of Darujhistan and its citizens can at last get on with what matters: trading, bickering, politicking and enjoying all the good things in life. However, not all are ready to leave the past behind. A treasure hunter digging amongst the burial grounds that surround the city is about to uncover a hidden crypt.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another great malazan story

    • By Frazer webb on 02-11-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 5

    • Blood and Bone

    • Malazan Empire, Book 5
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 26 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    In the western sky, the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted another expedition in a bid to tame the neighbouring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fitting conclusion.

    • By Scholastica on 02-05-17

    Regular price: £27.99

  • Book 6

    • Assail

    • Malazan Empire, Book 6
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now adventurers and fortune seekers have set sail in search of riches. And all they have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait - hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not good

    • By Paul J. on 20-02-17
    • Malazan Empire, Book 6
    • By: Ian C Esslemont
    • Narrated by: John Banks
    • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 09-02-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 30 ratings

    Regular price: £25.99