The Malazan Re-read of the Fallen - NOK Prologue & Ch. 1

Oh frabjous day!  Amanda and Bill are continuing their re-read of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, beginning with Ian Cameron Esslemont's Night of Knives:
I share with you the sense of clunkiness w/ the jaghut line and the scorpion bit and felt a bit the same about the lines concerning the Riders, that “they were here for another reason . . .” which I thought felt a bit stilted, too heavily ominous, and diluted the impact of the prior line, “The riders cared nothing for them.” It will be interesting to see the differing reactions from readers, especially new readers like yourself, coming from GotM’s near absolute refusal to immediately or bluntly “explain” things to this. I can see some finding this a breath of fresh air and others missing the sense of challenge or disorientation. (I fall into the latter camp personally.)
Marvelous!  An interesting choice to veer into Cam's book instead of going directly to Deadhouse Gates.  I hope no one loses the thread when they get back to the main timeline.