‘When so many fantasy sagas are tired, warmed-over affairs, a writer like K.J. Parker is more of a hurricane than a breath of fresh air.’ – Dreamwatch ‘This is grown-up fantasy blessed with humour, intelligence and… panache. A bravura display of intricate storytelling and artfully-doled-out revelations.’ – SFX
Condemned to death, the engineer Ziani Vaatzes escaped from Mezentia. His implacable determination to return home led him to contrive an intricate plan to bring down the Republic, a plan which require a war. He regrets the deaths. But he had no choice.
Duke Valens dragged his people into the war to save the life of one woman. Then he killed her husband. Now, allied to the nomadic barbarians who have the manpower to defeat Mezentia, the Duke regrets the evil he’s done. But he had no choice.
Secretary Psellus never wanted to rule the Republic, or fight a desperate siege for its survival. Trying to make sense of how it all happened, he finds himself compelled to investigate the circumstances of Vaatzes’ crime. He is terrified of what he might find out, but he has no choice.
The machine has been built. All that remains is to set it in motion.
The stunning conclusion to The Engineer Trilogy – a fast-moving mix of politics, action and intelligent world-building – that continues to push the boundaries of fantasy fiction.
Books by K.J. Parker:
Fencer Trilogy The Colours in the Steel The Belly of the Bow The Proof House
Scavenger Trilogy Shadow Pattern Memory
Engineer Trilogy Devices and Desires Evil for Evil The Escapement
Saloninus Blue and Gold The Devil You Know
Two of Swords The Two of Swords: Part 1 The Two of Swords: Part 2 The Two of Swords: Part 3
Novels The Company The Folding Knife The Hammer Sharps Savages Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City My Beautiful Life
I have reviewed books before that I thought might someday be found to have achieved greatness.... But I am trying to be precise in my use of the word when I tell you that K.J. Parker is writing work after work that demands to be placed in that category.