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Chapter 1 Edit Within the space of a couple of days, an imperial warship as well as a message cutter dock in Malaz Harbour. The disembarkation of various secretive passengers is independently observed by the veteran Temper and by the young girl Kiska. The former is concerned that the Claw coming off the first ship are possibly after him and he recalls events from the past, when he served alongside Dassem and saw the workings of the Claw close-up, however, a first encounter passes without incidence.
The latter is hoping that entering imperial service will be her ticket off the island, however she recalls how the Claw agent she met from the first ship treated her with something bordering on disdain. Temper is told by a local that the night to come is one of the Shadow Moon , when damned souls escape and new ones get caught.
Returning to his lodgings, he finds the common room of the Inn filled with strangers, an ex- Bridgeburner amongst them. Kiska meanwhile is trailing a man who is following the passenger and his guards who came off the message cutter. Chapter 2 Edit The fisherman Toben sails out into the Strait of Storms and puts himself between the oncoming storm and Malaz Isle , keeping its ferocity away from the island with the help of an ancient chant.
The trail Kiska is following eventually leads her to an abandoned manor where she comes across an apparent murder. After the killer has left, she examines the body and screams in horror when it suddenly grabs her. She ends up in an unknown realm where the apparent murder victim Oleg gives her a message for the passenger from the boat.
Upon returning she is nearly strangled by the killer but saved by the shade of the dead man. Temper in the meantime finds out that his friend Corinn knows who he really is. They hear howls of huge dogs and what sounds like the death cries of the two guards left outside. Eventually there is a confrontation which sees the other four killed by Temper and Trenech. Chapter 3 Edit Stormriders are attacking Toben in his boat out in the Straights but their ice-lances and icebergs melt before reaching him.
Kiska is pulled into the Shadow Realm again and meets Edgewalker. Agayla gives Kiska some background information about the current political situation and why it is leading to a convergence that night. Kiska persuades Agayla to let her go back out into the night and her aunt gives her a message for the man she is following. Kiska has found the passenger from the boat again but is kidnapped by the mercenaries under Ash , the ex-Bridgeburner. She escapes after witnessing many of the mercenaries getting killed by a Hound.
Temper also meets Edgewalker. Upon his return he is set upon by a Hound and puts up a heroic fight but eventually loses consciousness due to his many wounds. Being told she has a message, the man, Artan, appears. They refuse to take her along and leave her tied up but she soon manages to free herself and follow them to the Hold.
Chapter 4 Edit The Stormriders use a ruse to overcome Toben. Agayla and Obo meet on the southern shore to discuss the threat posed by the riders.
Agayla tells Obo that she has sent for help. He remembers how Dassem was wounded and how most of his fellow bodyguards died because their regular army support failed to arrive in time. He also recalls his own fight against the champion then regains consciousness. He has been saved from the Hound by Shadow cultists.
They ask for his help but he declines and they part ways amicably. Kiska has entered the hold and comes across bodies of mercenaries and Claw everywhere.
She eventually finds Artan and Hettar. The three observe a warrior, whom Kiska saw besting a Claw earlier, negotiate with a cultist. The warrior departs, taking with him the mercenary mage whose body materialises out of thin air and the cultist turns towards the doorway of the hidden observers.
Temper, the warrior, meanwhile is taking Corinn to be looked after by the gatekeeper Lubben whilst he fulfills his side of the deal he made with the cultist, Dancer.
Chapter 5 Edit Dancer greets Artan, who turns out to be the High Mage Tayschrenn , and warns him not to go upstairs until the conflict is ended, then disappears. They hear sounds of fighting and an enraged scream from a female voice.
Venturing upstairs they find the lightly wounded Surly being tended by Possum and dead Claw everywhere, especially near some broken balcony doors. The Mercenary leader Ash is amongst the dead in the room and Kellanved and Dancer are presumed dead, having jumped off the balcony. Tayschrenn orders Hattar and Kiska back downstairs where they fall asleep.
Despite being warned by Trenech and Faro, Temper enters the grounds of the Deadhouse which starts heaving and emitting steam. A huge figure steps out of the House.
Agayla and Obo have been joined by Tayschrenn, who is persuaded that the Riders might be after the power of the Deadhouse, and agrees to help them in their fight.
Kiska travels with Corinn and Lubben via Warren to the Deadhouse. She is separated from them when she is drawn into the Shadow Realm where she meets Edgewalker again, then is returned to an area near the Deadhouse. Temper is beset by the roots of the trees in the grounds of the Deadhouse which are trying to drag him under.
Trenech and Faro meanwhile are fighting the Jaghut that came out of the House. Kiska witnesses as Oleg tries to prevent Kellanved from entering the Deadhouse from the rear. Oleg is thwarted by Dancer and swallowed up by the ground and the other two enter the House.
Temper collapses having managed to get out of the grounds whilst the fighting at the front continues. Trenech is killed by a cultist and Tayschrenn supports Faro against the Jaghut but is wounded.
Kiska and Hattar take him to a healer. Faro with his last breath asks Temper to take over guarding the gate and Temper agrees. After a long fight which involves a detour into Omtose Phellack , he defeats the Jaghut. Chapter 6 Edit Kiska has been healed and finds out that Tayschrenn and Hattar are at the wharf. She finds them on the message cutter and gets permission to come with them then rushes off to say her goodbyes to Agayla and her mother.
He observes the message cutter leaving. Epilogue Edit Edgewalker is introduced to Kellanved and Dancer. The meeting is ambivalent.
Two children find a strange corpse on the beach. They return with their grandfather who asks them to stay back whilst he goes and investigates. Trivia Although first published years after Gardens of the Moon , both Night of Knives and its sequel, Return of the Crimson Guard , might have been written prior to the first book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.
Knives and RotCG were written way back. They were among the earliest if not the first prose explorations in the world, contemporaneous with Steve and my screenplay writing, including Gardens of the Moon if I remember correctly.
When these two works were accepted for publication I had to rewrite RotCG to bring it up to speed and to adjust the main narrative lines, including certain events and character lines, etc.
Other than this however, the broad thrust of it, its arc and main events, remained as originally envisioned. But it occurred to me that here might be an avenue for Cam Ian.
Of the six books, only Night of Knives and Assail were published in a single volume. The others were all broken into two books with their own individual covers.
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