By K. J. Parker
Whilst an engineer is sentenced to demise for a petty transgression of guild legislations, he flees the town, abandoning his spouse and daughter. pressured into exile, he seeks a bad vengeance -- person who will go away a path of demise and destruction in its wake. yet he'll now not be capable of do so by way of himself. He needs to draw up his plans utilizing the blood of others...
In a compelling story of intrigue and injustice, okay. J. Parker's embittered hero takes up hands opposed to his enemies, utilizing the single guns he has left to him: his ingenuity and his ardour -- his units and desires.
"A richly textured and emotionally advanced fantasy...Highly recommended."
--- Library magazine (Starred evaluate)
About the Author
K. J. Parker is an writer of myth fiction. The identify is a pseudonym and the writer's actual identification hasn't ever been printed. little or no is well recognized approximately Parker, even his or her gender, and there was hypothesis as to his or her actual name.
While Parker's tales happen in trade universes with invented geographies and histories, a few of the regular positive factors of delusion fiction reminiscent of particular use of magic usually are not current. The tales are likely to have tragic subject matters with characters whose activities are accidentally, finally self-destructive.
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He looked Cale straight in the eyes, his gaze inﬁnitely cold and inﬁnitely black. It was death itself looking at him. “So, I ask you again. ” Holding his gaze, Cale replied. ” The Lord Militant did not look away, and Cale felt his will begin Paul Hoffman 47 to dissolve as if some acid were being poured over his very soul. A hor rible desire to confess began to grow in his throat. It was dread, the knowledge that had been with him since he was a small boy, that the Redeemer in front of him was capable of anything, that pain and suf fering were the constant companions of this man, that anything that lived grew quiet in his presence.
Then an other blow, but this one landed as Cale stood still as stone. Then another and another. Then a blow so hard it dropped a stunned Cale to the ﬂoor. “Get up,” so softly that he was barely audible. Cale got to his feet, shaking as if from intense cold. Then the blow. He fell again, stood up; another blow, and then he got to his feet again. Bosco changed hands. With his weaker left it took ﬁve more blows before Cale fell to the ﬂoor again. Bosco stared down at him as he started to get to his feet.
As they passed by the alley leading into the back of the great building, the three boys slipped away. They gave all the food in their pockets to Vague Henri, and then Kleist and Cale rejoined the long queue that jammed the square in front of the basilica. Meanwhile, Vague Henri shoved the latch on the sacristy door with his shoulders, his hands being full of bread, meat and cake. He pushed it open and listened out for Redeemers. He moved into the dark brown of the dressing place, ready to back out if he saw anything.