An intriguing tale of magic, manipulation and revenge...an action-packed adventure.
Parker's skilful control of pacing, expert rendering of characters, and subtle sense of humour add depth and believability
From the first page, it has style, humour and pace all its own, and develops rapidly into one of the most entertaining fantasy debuts in recent years...Refreshing, fun, thoughtful, different, absorbing
Assassins, emperors, generals, rogues, farmboys-turned-hero - all the trappings of epic fantasy . . . [and] all the complexity you could ever desire