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Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire (original 2004; edition 2009)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553818295, Mass Market Paperback)It gave the Empire its name, but the tiny island and city of Malaz is now a sleepy, seedy backwater 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, would 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:24:26 -0400)
Shunted into the background of a great empire it once founded, the sleepy island city of Malaz frenetically prepares for a once-in-a-generation celestial event that has been foretold to be a precursor to the return of an ancient oppressive force.
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