Sunday, February 5, 2012

Book re-read: "Night of Knives" by Ian C. Esslemont

This will be just a short post. Since the new book by Ian C. Esslemont, "Orb, Scepter, Throne", was published few weeks ago (and I of course bought it immediately by a pre-order), I decided to read all prequeling books.

Funny, I am positive that books set in Malazan world and written by Esslemont are part of "Malazan Empire" sequence, but I can't find any references to this name (except in my older post; later: ah, there it was, at Amazon). Anyway, "Night of Knives" is the first book in this sequence and it depicts the events on the night of Kellanved's and Dancer's return to the Empire after a long-time absence. My original post about it can be found here.

Now, when I read it for the second time, I found it better book than the first time. Then I was focused on finding flaws in it and comparing it to Erikson books. This time, I was purely enjoying it. Also, I was trying to find hidden references and explanations that can be connected to the events in Erikson's "Malazan Book of the Fallen". Since even thought his series is finished, there are still small billion of unexplained facts, concepts and details, so I appreciate every work that contribute in revealing more of this marvelous tapestry.

As before, I recommend this book to all Malazan fans out there, even though it is the weakest book in whole opus. Those who are not familiar with this setting I would recommend to start with "Gardens of the Moon".

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