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Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City


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K.J. Parker is a pseudonym for Tom Holt. He was born in London in 1961. At Oxford he studied bar billiards, ancient Greek agriculture and the care and feeding of small, temperamental Japanese motorcycle engines; interests which led him, perhaps inevitably, to qualify as a solicitor and emigrate to Somerset, where he specialized in death and taxes for seven years before going straight in 1995. He lives in Chard, Somerset, with his wife and daughter.


"[Sharps] is a ripping good adventure yarn, laced with frequent barbed witticisms and ace sword fighting... Parker's settings and characterizations never miss a beat, and the intricate political interplay of intrigue is suspenseful almost to the last page."--Publishers Weekly on Sharps
"A richly textured and emotionally complex fantasy...Highly recommended."--Library Journal on The Engineer Trilogy (starred review)
"An intriguing tale of magic, manipulation and revenge . . . An action-packed adventure."--Starburst on the Fencer trilogy
"As with most of Parker's work, there is a mel-ancholy undercurrent that gives the humor weight. As heroes go, Orhan is a reluctant and flawed one . . . . [but] when Orhan works the problem, we can't help but watch."--Locus
"Astonishingly good."--RT Book Reviews on Sharps
"Brilliant."--Locus on The Engineer Trilogy
"Full of invention and ingenuity . . . Great fun."--SFX
"Launches a witty adventure series . . . Readers will appreciate the infusion of humor and fun-loving characters into this vivid and sometimes grim fantasy world."--Publishers Weekly
"Parker carries the reader on a headlong gallop to the powerful conclusion."--Publishers Weekly on The Company (starred review)
"Parker's acerbic wit and knowledge of human nature are a delight to read as he explores the way conflict is guided, in equal measure, by the brilliance and unerring foolishness of humanity . . . . Thoroughly engaging."--RT Books Reviews on The Two of Swords: Volume One
"Parker's skillful control of pacing, expert rendering of characters, and subtle sense of humor add depth and believability."--Library Journal on Sharps
"Skillful plotting and rich scene-setting."--Guardian on The Company
"This is another splendid offering from K.J. Parker, the (pseudonymous) British fantasist who seems incapable of writing in anything but top form."--Locus on Sharps
"Well-crafted, powerful and downright unmissable"--SFX on The Company

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