Ian C. Esslemont (Photo Credit: Geraldine Brightwell)
Ian C. Esslemont is a Canadian author of epic fantasy novels. He writes the Malazan Empire series, and co-created the Malaz world alongside Steven Erikson. Esslemont and Erikson created the world as a role-playing game backdrop, and eventually it became a novel. Ian was born in Brandon, Manitoba and grew up in Winnipeg. He has lived in Southeast Asia. Ian lives in Alaska with his wife, fellow novelist Gerri Brightwell.

Ian C. Esslemont made his debut as a novelist in 2004 with the novel Night of Knives. Below is a list of Ian C. Esslemont’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Malazan Empire Books

Night of Knives(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Return of the Crimson Guard(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stonewielder(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Orb, Sceptre, Throne(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood and Bone(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Assail(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kellanved's Reach(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Malazan Empire: Path To Ascendancy Books

Dancer's Lament(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadhouse Landing(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Ian C. Esslemont Synopsis: Night of Knives is the first Malazan Empire novel by Ian C. Esslemont. Although the Empire was named after it, the 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.

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