By K. J. Parker

Whilst an engineer is sentenced to dying for a petty transgression of guild legislations, he flees town, forsaking his spouse and daughter. compelled into exile, he seeks a bad vengeance -- one who will go away a path of demise and destruction in its wake. yet he'll no longer be ready to accomplish that 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 fingers 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 overview)

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About the Author

K. J. Parker is an writer of delusion fiction. The identify is a pseudonym and the writer's precise identification hasn't ever been published. little or no is easily identified 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 number of the normal gains of fable fiction resembling specific use of magic aren't current. The tales are likely to have tragic topics with characters whose activities are accidentally, finally self-destructive.

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His personal feelings could not be allowed to conflict with his duty as Councilor. He was Melora's nearest living kinsman; the duty he had shirked, for whatever good reason, had been done instead by women. That could not be easy for a Hastur to swallow. "Kinsman, that is of little moment now. " Jerana asked. " Rohana glanced uneasily at Jaelle. Jerana should have had tact enough to send the child away before discussing her future before her; but it was not for Rohana to suggest it. Jerana said, "Oh, they can be fostered somewhere.

But, too late, it occurred to her that she had, perhaps, let Montray in for trouble on the Darkovan side. Terrans were not precisely popular in the Old Town, and the sight of a Terran escorting a respectable Darkovan female could indeed causev some trouble, if some Darkovan hothead wanted to take advantage of it. This is idiotic. I know fifteen times as much about Darkover as Montray ever will; yet by strict protocol I'm not even qualified to be an official translator, far less for any position more advanced than that; just because I'm a woman, and Darkover is a world where women don't hold such positions.

She could see faint beads of perspiration along the lady's hairline; whether from nervousness or from the heat of Montray's office-or both-she could not tell. "Chance resemblance? Impossible, my child. " "It is not rare among Terrans, my Lady," Magda said. (She had known this; Peter had made jokes of it. " She broke off as Bethany came in, took the small solido and personnel printout that bore a color photo of Peter Haldane. She handed them to Lady Rohana without comment. Rohana studied them a moment, then looked up, her face gone white.

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