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ISBN13: 9780316177757
ISBN10: 031617775x
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K.J. Parker's new stand-alone novel is a perfectly executed tale of intrigue and deception.

For the first time in nearly forty years, an uneasy truce has been called between two neighbouring kingdoms. The war has been long and brutal, fought over the usual things: resources, land, money...

Now, there is a chance for peace. Diplomatic talks have begun and with them, the games. Two teams of fencers represent their nations at this pivotal moment.

When the future of the world lies balanced on the point of a rapier, one misstep could mean ruin for all. Human nature being what it is, does peace really have a chance?

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"On the surface, Parker's newest stand-alone, like the earlier Fencer Trilogy, is a ripping good adventure yarn, laced with frequent barbed witticisms and ace sword fighting. Fencing champion Suidas Deutzel of the Republic of Scheria is caught up in the aftermath of a decades-long vicious war between Scheria and its mortal enemy, Permia. A fencing team of Suidas, unintentional murderer Giraut Bryennius, general's son Addo Carnufex, and grouchy proto-feminist Iseutz Bringas reluctantly undertake a tour of Permia — a supposed goodwill trip that may start another war. Beneath the hilarious horrors of a trek that suffers every possible setback, Parker details the thrusts and parries of a game between the military aristocracies that want war and the banks that don't. Parker's settings and characterizations never miss a beat, and the intricate political interplay of intrigue is suspenseful almost to the last page. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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K.J. Parker is a pseudonym.

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MJH, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by MJH)
After a series of experiments -- novellas, short stories, epistolary exchanges -- KJ Parker returns to full novel form with the luxury of space and time to explore plot, character subtleties, and recurring themes with wit and charm, adventure and grim beauty. A great intro to KJ Parker. If you enjoyed any of Parker's previous works, Sharps will be a treat!
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Kelly L, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Kelly L)
I read 188 books in 2012, and I'm voting for K. J. Parker's "Sharps" as my favorite one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316177757
Author:
Parker, K. J.
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Warfare; Money; War; Neighbors; Kings
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.25 in 0.95 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Military
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Fantasy » Epic
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Fantasy » General
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Fantasy » Historical

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Product details 480 pages Orbit - English 9780316177757 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "On the surface, Parker's newest stand-alone, like the earlier Fencer Trilogy, is a ripping good adventure yarn, laced with frequent barbed witticisms and ace sword fighting. Fencing champion Suidas Deutzel of the Republic of Scheria is caught up in the aftermath of a decades-long vicious war between Scheria and its mortal enemy, Permia. A fencing team of Suidas, unintentional murderer Giraut Bryennius, general's son Addo Carnufex, and grouchy proto-feminist Iseutz Bringas reluctantly undertake a tour of Permia — a supposed goodwill trip that may start another war. Beneath the hilarious horrors of a trek that suffers every possible setback, Parker details the thrusts and parries of a game between the military aristocracies that want war and the banks that don't. Parker's settings and characterizations never miss a beat, and the intricate political interplay of intrigue is suspenseful almost to the last page. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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